Brussels + Chickpea Salad

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Why have I been doing my own grocery shopping all these years?

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When there are people you can pay to literally do it for you????

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I’ve been v resistant to the instant cart/click list whatever your grocery store calls their grocery shopping service life.

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I am one of those freaks who LIKES grocery shopping. I like creating my list and picking out all of my things myself. A simple pleasure. Which has been stripped from me since COVID! I truly haven’t stepped foot in a grocery store since March. Been v blessed to order Garr around to do my bidding. But we decided to try something different last week and order our groceries online and just pick them up curbside. Umm…absolute GAME CHANGER. I have seen the light! Now, I do need to offer my training skills for how to pick out avocados to last a full week. And the art of digging around the spinach boxes for the best possible expiration date.

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But baby steps, people.

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of brussels sprouts, roughly chopped
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of pickled red onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. of agave
  • 1 tbsp. of Dijon mustard
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange brussels on a lined baking sheet + chickpeas on another
  • Drizzle each with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, tossing once in the middle of cooking until roasted to your desire
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining olive oil + apple cider vinegar + agave + Dijon mustard + S+P
  • To serve, combine brussels + chickpeas + walnuts + onion + cranberries + dressing
  • Serve warm
  • Swan dive into the bowl + doggy paddle your way out with your mouth

 

Beet + Chickpea Salad

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I forgot how utterly exhausting socializing is.

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What a blessed 2.5 month break it’s been from having to converse with humans.

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North Carolina is starting to reopen and we are cautiously re-entering society. Kind of.

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We grabbed takeout with a couple friends Sunday and sat outside at a brewery and ate before anyone else arrived. As soon as other peeps showed up, your sane girl made us pack it up and go home. I’m sorry, I’ve never really trusted any strangers, but NOW?! Monday we went to a cookout. Not to worry, I stayed outside, kept my distance and squirted hand sanitizer on me any time someone selfishly shook my hand or went for a hug. I literally kept a bottle by me all afternoon. *Sane* I’m telling you, two days of being out of the house and I was WHOOPED. My voice is actually hoarse today from all of the talking.

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We were also ASLEEP by 8:30pm which isn’t really a huge stretch for us, but still noteworthy.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 2-3 salads

Ingredients:

  • 3 beets, peeled + rinsed + tops cut off
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained + rinsed
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 cup of pickled red onions
  • 4-6 cups of mixed greens
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 6 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange each bit in a lil foul patch + drizzle each with a tbsp. of olive oil + some S+P, wrap up em up but not super tight + place on a baking sheet
  • Arrange chickpeas on a separate lined baking sheet + drizzle with 1 tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
  • Roast beets for 40-45 minutes or until tender + chickpeas for about 20-25 minutes, tossing once
  • Meanwhile, stir lemon juice + remaining olive oil + S+P
  • Once beets are cooled, dice em up
  • To serve, arrange greens on a plate + top with quinoa + chickpeas + beets + pickled red onions + lemon dressing
  • Once consumed, eat some cake or pie to counteract the nutrition

Chickpea Greek Salad

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It’s weird, like, I have all the time in the world right now.

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Yet less motivation than ever to make healthy choices.

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For a minute there, I was a real big workout guy. Lifting weights and exercising hardcore everyday. All before my work day began!

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Now my lazy behind is snoozing until 7. I’m lucky if I get up, ride the lil stationary bike and go for a quick walk around the ‘hood. I’m just really taking this time of rest to a new level. Let’s not get started on diet, either. I’ve basically dubbed myself the quarantine snack queen. I found a box of graham crackers in the back of the pantry and just destroyed them. I’m a bottomless trash panda. I think I’m letting myself go because I really don’t plan to interact with humans or take photos for the foreseeable future? It’s kind of nice not to be totally consumed with my appearance for a change, though! Or just my general health and wellness.

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I’m gonna fleek when my motivation returns right smack dab in the middle of bikini season.

 

 

Time: 45 minutes (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, rinsed + drained + halved
  • 1 english cucumber, rinsed + quartered
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of kalamata olives, halved
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. of garlic, minced
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Arrange chickpeas on a lined baking sheet + roast for 25 minutes, tossing once
  • Remove + sprinkle with S+P
  • Meanwhile, combine all veggies in a bowl + S+P
  • Stir in chickpeas
  • Meanwhile, combine olive oil + lemon juice + garlic + S+P
  • Drizzle over salad
  • Serve chilled
  • Use any leftovers as toppings on a pizza like a daggum PRO

 

Adapted from here!