Chickpeas have great health benefits and are super versatile. They can help lower your cholesterol, aid in weight loss and are high in fiber so they help with your digestive system. They also are a great source of protein and can help regulate your blood sugar.
When I was transitioning I have to say, lunch was probably the hardest for me to find on-the-go sandwiches that were plant-based. Yeah, I like salads but sometimes when I was in a meeting, in the car or just did not really have time to sit and eat, a sandwich or a wrap is a better option. I can’t drive and eat a salad or a plant-based “bowl”. Well, I guess I shouldn’t be eating and driving to begin with or I should have some time of peace to sit and eat…..but the reality of my world as a nurse and a mom, that is not always the case! So I had re-create and plant-base my lunch sandwiches and get creative. I have to say I think I did a good job, because I love my re-creations and in time I will share some of them with you but….here is one of them…..my Chick-Tu salad sandwich. “Chick” stands for chick peas and “Tu” stands for mock tuna….because this salad reminds me of tunafish salad that I would have on bread, in a pita or on top of my salad……..and with my Chick-Tu salad you can do the same…..put it on a delicious fresh baked bread from your local baker or stuff it in a pita bread or if you do have time to sit and eat have it on top of a salad! This salad is creamy, crunchy and has a salty kick!
I have to say, yes……you can make your own oil-free tofu mayo to put in here….and there are tons of recipes out there…. but too be 100% with you…I have not made any…so I can’t recommend any particular recipe……. and my regular supermarket carries “vegan” mayo, so I just always keep a jar on hand….so that makes this sandwich even easier to put together………This creamy, crunchy and salty “tang” can be lunch, dinner or even a snack.
- 1 15 oz can chick peas can oz may vary slightly 14-16 oz
- 1 cup celery chopped
- 1 large carrot chopped approx 3/4 cup
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 4 tbsp vegan mayo add extra if you like mayo 🙂
- 1 tsp mustard
- 3/4 cup chopped pickles - any flavor you like optional
- pepper to taste optional
Take your can of chick peas and drain and rinse them. Add them to a large mixing bowl and then take a potato masher or back of a fork and mash the chick peas with leaving some chunks. Next, add all the rest of the ingredients and mix well. You can add more salt, mayo, pickles to taste! This is a very taste adaptable mix! Then spread it on your favorite bread or top your green salad off with this! If you make this in the morning or the night before the flavors will marinate together very nicely.