FOOD : ROASTED CHICKPEA AND KALE SALAD

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hello everyoneee !

Ooh it's weird not posting for two days ! Even though I am replying to things and planning posts, not posting feels weird, but the little break has paved way for some good posts, including today's !

After my 'Top 5 Pins' post, I was asked to do a similar salad to one I had posted as inspiration. Chickpeas and Kale are a daily staple for me so I thought 'why not ?!"

This salad will take you twenty minutes - or less, if you're not taking photos !
Also, I know I use a lot of the same ingredients but having a clean/vegan-ish diet I eat mainly veg and salads, and like to find new ways to spice that up for me and also for you so you can be motivated into clean healthy eating that isn't 'boring' or 'rabbit food' and tastes so good.

Ingredients:
1 small handful of Spinach
2 small handfuls of Curly Kale
1 tbsp of Coconut Oil
1/2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper and Mild Chilli Powder
1 Carrot
1/4 of Cucumber
1/2 Avocado
2 Sticks of Celery
1/2 Can of Chickpeas
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1. Heat your frying pan with the Coconut Oil, and add the spices.

 2. Decant and rinse your chickpeas. Put half in an air-tight container to use another time.

3. Add your Chickpeas to the now hot pan. Turn the heat down to a medium setting and allow the chickpeas to roast and crisp up. If you hear a popping sound, that's good !

4. As these roast, plate up your spinach and shave a layer of carrot on top.

5. Add the Kale to the simmering pan, and put the lid on so it can sweat and crisp up.

6. Cut your two pieces of Celery in half, and then cut into chunks. Add one stick to the pan and the rest cold in your salad bowl. This creates a nice contrasting texture and flavour. Mix in together and turn the heat off leaving the lid on to keep in the heat.

7.  As the pan keeps cooking, chop up your cucumber the same as the celery and leave until the end to add.

8. Now it's nearly time to eat ! Add 1/4 of your avocado to the hot mix, stiring through to heat up and soften more.

9. PLATE UP ! Cram that load of goodness into your bowl ! Mmmmm, looks delicious.

10. Add your cucumber on top and remaining avocado, then voila !

Yummy yummy yummy I got food in my tummy...
This is a great mix at a hot/cold salad, full of nutrients and goodness, great tasting and you won't want to share !

I love my salads, you can ask anyone I know, and just changing them slightly each day makes them more exciting.
I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you want me to do a series on making recipes with the same ingredients then let me know, or what else you'd like to see me make as I love new ideas and things I can try to build my skills :)

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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