Since becoming vegetarian/vegan, I have to research or make up new recipes every day, and by no means it is an easy job. Most of the time I look for recipes online, sometimes tweaking them to my taste. My taste is a very picky thing, and vegetarian diet is probably one of the weirdest and unexpected things that could happen to me, because my love for vegetables pretty much doesn’t exist. If you ask me which vegetables I like I’d probably need the fingers on one hand to count them all, thinking hard prior to naming them. But one thing I know for sure – I love beans, and there are lots of them in vegetarian diet. My favourite sort is chickpeas, and everyone who likes them and avocado would probably like this.
While waiting my little one to wake up from her nap, I looked at some home interiors from Houzz.com, and on one of the photographs on a blackboard integrated in the kitchen door was a menu written, which included Chickpea and Avocado Salad. I instantly thought of making it for lunch, but since I have to include grains to every meal, a sandwich seemed more appealing. It is quick and you can toss in it whatever pleases your taste buds really. But my version is this:
- 1/2 can of Chickpeas (I like the ones that are ready to eat and require no cooking)
- 1/2 ripe Avocado
- Lime juice (1/2 Lime or less)
- Mint leaves
- Leafy greens of your choice (I used Red Ruby Chard and Spinach)
- 1 slice Wholemeal bread
- Tomato slices
- Sea salt – optional
Mash chickpeas and avocado slices with a fork in a bowl, or pulse in a food processor, taking care to preserve the texture (Well, I find that I feel fuller when I eat textured food as opposed to smooth). Squeeze lime juice into a bowl with the mash and add chopped mint leaves, mix well.
Place your leafy greens onto a slice of bread, spread the mashed chickpeas and avocado over it and add the tomato slices on top.
The Chickpeas and Avocado paste itself has quite a mild taste and depending on your preferences you might need to add some juicy vegetables to make it fresh, or maybe you would like to spice it up a bit. Add more lime juice or substitute it with lemon juice to add more zest.
Enjoy! And remember that small changes like a healthier lunch every day lead to a healthier body and mind.