I Need a Salad: Greek Chickpea & a Giveaway
After a week of baking and holiday recipe testing, I can't stand myself.
I need a salad.
50 is not the new 30.
I can't eat like I used to without gaining weight. I've been lucky for way too long.
Though I eat very well, mostly fish and vegetables, I am a carb freak.
I love pasta more than you do, and I love bread too. Cake ain't so bad either.
I eat it at least twice a day and might have to join some kind of exercise class if I keep this up.
Today I am having a salad.
No bread, no cake, no pasta and no wine.
Can I do it?
Yes, I can.
I love salads, and this one was easy to put together, and I love chickpeas (garbanzo beans).
Beans, beans, good for the heart, the more you eat, the more you............
Chickpea Greek Salad:
1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1/2 small red onion, chopped
handful of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives
1 cucumber, sliced and quartered
4 oz feta cheese, crumbled or cut into 1/2 inch cubes
fresh parsley, chopped
big handful of fresh arugula
For the dressing:
2 tbsp olive oil
juice of a lemon
1 teaspoon dried oregano
sea salt & pepper
Add all the ingredients in a big bowl, adding in the arugula just before serving.
Squeeze in the lemon juice and drizzle in some olive oil.
Season w/ the sea salt, pepper and dried oregano.
Mix together and enjoy.
and on another festive, holiday note: just for you NJ readers, MPAC (Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ) is hosting a giveaway on my blog!
They are giving one of my readers 2 VIP tickets to see Robert Irvine from Food Network and Restaurant Impossible, in a one man live cooking show at the Center for Performing Arts in Morristown (it's a gorgeous theater), next Wed. December 2, at 8 pm.
I will choose a random winner and announce it on Friday. Please don't forget to leave your email in the comment (important!).
Have a happy Thanksgiving!