Fool-Proof Chickpea Salad

This no-cooking-required recipe was originally made as one of the Cutie Foodie’s contributions to the Super Bowl Sunday spread. And let me tell you, for being SO incredibly simple, this ended up being quite the super-bowl of light and refreshing deliciousness!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 can garbanzo beans

1 can corn kernels

1 large avocado

1 large plum tomato

1/2 large red onion

juice of 1 lemon

salt, pepper, & chopped cilantro to taste

Directions:

1. Thoroughly rinse your garbanzo beans, removing the skin. 

Although tedious, allowing the running water to naturally loosen the skins and popping each chickpea from its plastic-like casing is a vital step for those who suffer with gastrointestinal sensitivities like I do!

Chickpea skin contains a high amount of lectin, a plant-based protein that binds to specific sugars, causing the clumping together of certain cell types. Thus, removing the skin — removing the lectin — simultaneously removes the binding agent that prevents weak GI tracts from being able to digest beans and lentils.

2. Rinse the rest of your canned goods & produce.

3. Chop up the veggies into chip-friendly sizes & simply throw it all in one big bowl! Squeeze in your lemon, season with salt & pepper, & garnish with cilantro.

Ideally, make this in the AM to eat in the PM to allow all the flavors to marinate and blend together. Plus, maybe it’s just me, but I definitely prefer to eat this cold!

Scooping it up with Late July Snacks’ Organic Chia & Quinoa chips!

When not wanting to cause an IBS flare, yet also not wanting to miss out on the chips, take a look at the ingredients list over the nutritional content! What I love about Late July Snacks’ chips are their simple, organic ingredients…all of which I can pronounce BTW!


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    That’s fascinating about the lectin! Removing the skin, while tedious, sounds like a very zen moment.

    I’m currently reading a book about “secrets to Danish happiness” called The Little Book of Hygge (“hygge” loosely translates to a “sense of comfort”). It talks about the Danish way of cooking being “unfussy food, prepared slowly.” (It also talks about things like candles, fireplaces, and reading nooks, all of which I love.)

    The book also says that when polled for their happiest memory, 9 in 10 of these “happiest memories” involved someone else.

    Super Bowl Sunday is a magical time, because it’s all about togetherness.

    It took me a long time to see that, because sports used to conjure up memories of being picked on by the “jocks” in my high school.

    I heard someone recently giving “advice” to someone about how they would never make any money as a stylist, and to find something to bring them “the big bucks.”

    I told them that my happiest memories are doing things I loved, and being with someone I love, often in the smallest apartments imaginable. So your post reminded me of the power of togetherness and also “hygge.”

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