Chickpea Avocado Salad

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I've recently become intrigued by the documentary called "Forks over Knives".  I'm NOT one to jump in to food fads but this was pretty compelling. Have you seen it? I'd love to know what you thought?

Anyway, it discusses the perks of eating a plant-based whole foods diet (cutting out meat and dairy for good).  It theorizes that things like heart disease, diabetes and cholesterol problems are voluntary and that cutting out meat and dairy can reverse/prevent these diseases.

Now, I'm thinking it would be basically impossible to ignore meat and dairy indefinitely so I'm not even going to try...I have no discipline...but we are making small steps like substituting milk with almond milk, breakfasts that are muesli based or smoothies and planning at least a few meals a week that are plant based and whole.  It won't hurt to try it out..

Here is one recipe that I've tried and actually liked!

Chickpea Avocado Salad
  • 4 cups cooked chickpeas, or 2 15oz cans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • Zest of 1 lime and juice of 4 limes
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced (for less heat remove seeds)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • salt to taste
  • 1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and coarsely chopped
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.  Add the avocado just before serving.  (Eat alone or serve on a bed of greens for a complete meal).

*It's pretty lime-y so maybe cut out the zest and one lime?
*Recipe via the Forks Over Knives Cookbook.

P.S. The only other recipe I've ever photographed and featured...and it is most decidedly not plant based whole foods but is totally unhealthy and delicious ;) 

40 comments:

Molly said...

This looks heavenly! (and super pinnable)
Not sure I could cut meat & dairy out forever either, but with meals like this substituting will be easier.

I wonder if that doc is on Netflix? Headed to check it out now...

Ola said...

I have been also lately thinking about eating less meat, I definitely quite on eating such food as ham, sausages which you can buy in shops, they are extremely harmful. I am not ready yet to quit totally with meat esp. as my husband likes meat lunches

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Cara said...

yum!

rooth said...

This looks healthy and easy too - I think I could manage :)

Sheree said...

i LOVE CHIC PEAS AND AVOCADO..DEFINITELY TRYING THIS!
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Amanda said...

Hi Krystal! My husband was watching that doc on his computer while I was reading blogs on mine ;) so I overheard a lot of the main points of the film. It really struck a chord with my husband, but I am currently not completely sold because of pregnancy. Us preggers girls need lots of protein!

I do realize that there are plant-based foods that have a good deal of protein, but my acupuncturist recommended I eat meat because it's "concentrated protein" and I'd rather eat that then take more supplements to get a sufficient amount of protein.

One drastic change we made was cut out milk for drinking. We used to get yummy cream-on-top, but, like you, we now drink almond milk or rice milk instead. No biggie. We agreed that reg milk has no real nutritional value for us, except some might argue about calcium. I take a supplement for calcium and try to incorporate calcium-rich veggies in our meals. Even a small piece of cheese has more calcium than a glass of milk!

So I just seriously wrote a blog post in your comments. Sorry!

Happy veggie-based meals to you!

Julie-White Tapestry said...

This looks really good...and healthy. I find that it takes real commitment to eat like this everyday but I try non the less. I'm sure these dishes will make the baby happy:)

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking said...

I’m so very tempted to try this but I am South African so eating meat is like breathing! I’ve tried to subtly cut down on our consumption which I feel has given us much more energy but I don’t think I could stop altogether. This salad looks scrumptious, just the kind of thing I like for lunch!

Tine said...

I'm hungryhungryhungry! :)

Tang said...

I'm definitely interested in checking this out! I agree with you; could never cut out meat!

Brittany LeSueur said...

Oh yum. I am always looking for easy and yummy recipes that aren't going to make me gain ten pound over night! ha! I am going to try this!

christina said...

oh yum yum yum! I adore chickpeas and avocado!

Hollie said...

I haven't seen that yet - but I'll add it to my list of things to watch. I love food documentaries, they always motivate me to eat better.

This recipe sounds so good. I think I'll try it out tonite - but seriously, why didn't you post this a month ago when turning on the oven in Texas wasn't even an option?!

I read a crazy article the other day about how the world will be forced to be vegetarian by 2050 because of a lack of water. It's definitely a thought provoking subject - and even though I was a vegetarian for years I don't think I could ever do it again. I've taken up flexitarianism.

Cara said...

This looks delicious! We're trying to go to a more vegetarian based diet but I doubt my husband will ever get there. I'm going to add this film to our list of things to watch. Thanks for the recipe and film recommendation!

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Dancing Branflake said...

I really like chick peas. And your new blog design. And you.

Ashley said...

Mmmmm looks good! You really can't go wrong with Avocado and Lime :) :)

Kylee Noelle {the blog} said...

yum! avocado and chickpeas are the best. thanks for the recipe! that documentary sounds interesting, i'll have to check it out!

Annie said...

wow wow wo, these are sooo many things I love! I HAVE to make this! Thanks :)

LyddieGal said...

I'm not sure i'd want to cut out those things. I love dairy. I love cheese. I love chocolate. why live longer and disease free if I can't enjoy what I love most?

All things in moderation, I think, will do us just fine.

Mat said...

now i do love greens, veg and all the good stuff but i don't think my diet could work with no meat or dairy. i struggle to keep weight on and i find these things both help. i didn't eat meat for a bit and went down to around 10 stone, too low. i know there's ways but i think i enjoy it too much

Mat said...

saying that, i wouldn't want a totally meat based diet either!

polkadotpeticoat said...

This looks so good.....you featured this because this last month food is important....are we counting the days now?

E said...

Sounds totally delicious. I don't think I could cut out meat/dairy forever either. But I definitely try to do veggie based meals fairly frequently.

Mary Jo at TrustYourStyle said...

Looks delicious! So funny I just had a snack with guacamole made partially from hummus, I think I'm too much of a purist to really prefer the substitution as dip, but your salad looks heavenly!

xo Mary Jo

Fashion Cappuccino said...

This looks like such a healthy snack! Thanks for the recipe :-)

Lauren said...

I think I could cut out dairy, but I would definitely not give up meat, haha. This looks good though!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Yum! Thanks because I am always looking for more chickpea recipes!
You are doing the right thing - small changes really do add up and going vegetarian (partially) is easier than you think!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Mia said...

yummy tummy. looks delicious :)

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Ann said...

Looks really delicious...
and fresh. I know I'll love it.

Bogi Bog said...

Chickpea - it's funny, i didn't know that it is the name of this pea :-)
Anyway, i love it and it sound so good with avocado!

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Elle Sees said...

i've never had whole chick peas...only mashed. is that weird??

Allison Taylor said...

Woah, this sounds and looks way good. Anything with chick peas and avocado I'll eat!

Erica said...

Mmmmmm... I love chickpeas and this salad sounds like it has a bit of kick to it!

A Mode World said...

Sounds delish. I plan to give it a try :) xA

lauren @ balue said...

ummm YUM! I'm obsessed with chickpeas, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and grated parmesan. This sounds equally as tasty - I'll give it a try!

lazybliss said...

thanks for this Krystal, i love both avocado and chickpeas, will be trying it soon.

Nikki said...

I've been looking for a good marinated chickpea salad recipe after a bridal shower dinner I attended last month. Making this stat!

 

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