Chickpea Avocado Salad

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 ;)