On Saturday I was running late for a hair appointment and forgot to eat lunch, so I grabbed a quick snack at the Snap Kitchen next door to where I get my hair done. I have not eaten there before, but have a co-worker who regularly follows their meal plans. They have fantastic, healthy options...but $3 for a small chickpea snack?! No thank you. Convenient, yes. But I can do so much better than that.
I snapped a picture of the ingredients on the package and attempted to recreate this at home. I spent $4.35 at the grocery store, but also used items I already had at home. I made a few adjustments and was able to get 4 lunch-sized portions from what I made. A much better deal for the price.
Chickpea Pesto Salad
(makes 4 lunch-sized servings)
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 T olive oil
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 grinds of black pepper
2 T slivered almonds
handful of spinach
white and light green parts of 2 green onions
2 cans chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
1 red bell pepper (diced)
dark green parts of 2 green onions
1/4 red onion
1. Put all ingredients for pesto in a blender or Vitamix. Blend until mostly smooth. (This should be a fairly liquid pesto.)
2. Put remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl, then toss with the pesto.
3. Server over a bed of greens, or eat as a side snack.
How are you starting this "back to reality" week right?