Vegetarian Meal Prep
Are you looking to add more plant-based meals to your diet? Are you in constant search for a plant-based recipe that will keep you feeling full? If you hear yourself answering yes to these questions, our Chickpea Salad is perfect for you! Filled with satiating protein and flavor from the chickpeas, this salad tastes great on top of a bed of fresh greens, on toasted whole grain bread or even spread on gluten-free crackers. The best part is that it’s super easy to make ahead for the whole week. By taking an extra 10 minutes at night to prepare these delicious and healthy lunches, think about what you will do with the time you saved by prepping in advance.
Nutrient Booster: Chickpeas
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, originated in Europe and are used in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. Chickpeas have numerous health benefits. Legumes, such as chickpeas, can increase satiety, improve body composition, and can even prevent certain chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. Chickpeas are also high in dietary fiber, which aids digestion. Legumes, like chickpeas, are an ideal staple for plant-based diets due to their high protein content.
Meal Prep Inspiration
Meal prepping has many advantages. Not only can it help you stay on track with your dietary goals, it can also save you time and money. It’s important to rotate the meals you prepare, too. This way you will vary the nutrients you feed your body and you won’t bore of eating the same thing every day. Some may find it easier to prep twice a week to incorporate variety while others may choose to simply prepare once a week. There are so many different recipes that you can meal prep for lunch. We’ve listed some of our favorites below:
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas,
- 3 tablespoons mayonaisse, vegan if necessary
- 3/4 cup celery, finely chopped
- 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- cracked black pepper and sea salt to taste
Rinse the chickpeas well and drain. Place Chickpeas into a large bowl. Mash the chickpeas using a potato masher or the back of a spoon until chickpeas are crumbly. Add mayonnaise, celery, red onion, dijon mustard and juice of half a lemon into chickpea mixture. Mix well and season with salt & pepper
Serving size: 1/2 mixture, Calories: 360 calories, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Carbohydrates: 35 g, Sugar: 1.5 g, Sodium: 240 mg, Fiber: 9 g, Protein: 10 g, Cholesterol 7.5 mg