Fresh Chickpea Salad

chickpea sala

I thought I would start off the first recipe of the year with something healthy (for those of you trying to eat healthier in the New Year!) For those of you who aren’t this is still a winner salad that is super easy and is loved by all who have had it.

Right now I am still eating healthy (and give in to pregnancy cravings when needed) but I plan on eating extremely clean once the baby is born. Out of all of my ‘clean’ recipes, this one is for sure a winner, I have it all the time!

This is my favorite lunch, especially during the summer. It is so simple, yet refreshing and really fills you up (thanks to the chickpeas). If you have an event where you have to bring something, trust me, this is always a winner!

Here’s what you will need (for one BIG serving):

One can of chickpeas -drained

1 red pepper-finely chopped

1/2 cucumber -finely chopped

black olives

Feta -if desired (I normally eat it with feta but since I am pregnant, I have it without)

Olive oil

Salt and pepper if desired

I also use fresh dill and lemon zest from time to time to kick it up a notch!

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Add it all together in a bowl, drizzle the olive oil on top, season with salt and pepper if desired. I told you it was easy!

I usually make this with naan bread (recipe coming soon), they go wonderfully together.

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Let me know what you think! xo

 

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Protein packed Chicken meatballs

I know there has been so much wedding talk on the blog, but one of my all time favorite things to do is cook!

Regardless if we’re dieting or not, these meatballs are a staple in our house -they are absolutely delicious and so filling! We eat them with salad if we’re watching our carbs (pre-wedding diet) or with whole wheat pasta when we aren’t. We also eat them for a snack from time to time as they are the perfect size to take on the go.

They are super easy to make and are packed with protein and low in carbs.

Here’s what you will need:
500 grams of ground chicken (what ever fat percentage you would like)
1 red onion
2-6 table spoons of paprika (depending on how spicy you like them)
2-6 table spoons of cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like them)
1 egg white (you can add the yolk if you’d like, just be sure to add more oats)
60 grams of steel cut oats

First, mix the oats with the paprika and cayenne pepper, you can also add pepper and salt if you’d like.

Then dice the onion and add the onions to the mix and mix it all together.

Add the chicken and egg white -mix it all together.

Divide into what ever size you’d wish, I always make 16 balls out of a batch, usually enough to fit in the palm of m hand. If you’d like bigger/smaller, you’ll have to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

For those interested, based on 16 balls the nutritional value is:

 Per ball
 Calories
 61
 Fat
 3 grams
 Carbs
 3 grams
 Protein
 9 grams
Enjoy!