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Wellness / August 7, 2016

Recipe: Chickpea Bbq salad

Written by: Roxanne Trujillo

Looking for an easy, protein-packed, veggie-rich meal for camping? Something with minimal prep that can be containerized for several days?

I have one for you. It’s a salad smothered in BBQ sauce and ranch dressing. I make this at the beginning of the week without the dressing and store it in a big bowl. Then I pull out a serving daily and add sauce. 

Ingredients

Proportions based on personal taste

  • Kale
  • Your choice of beans. I’ve used garbanzo, a tri-blend, and even black beans before
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Green onions
  • Cucumber
  • Rice
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Hemp seeds

 

Prep 

Dice all the vegetables and place them in the bowl. Then drain and rinse the beans and add them as well. Cook the rice and add it last—I generally use a small amount of rice to fortify the meal. It’s a salad, after all, not a rice bowl.

Store in tupperware and refrigerate. When eating, top the ingredients with BBQ sauce and ranch dressing. Mix it all together and sprinkle some nutritional yeast, hemp seeds, and salt on top.

Notes on the ingredients:

BBQ sauce and ranch dressing excepted, all the ingredients in this salad are healthy. Two ingredients even qualify as “superfoods”: hemp seeds and nutritional yeast.

Hemp seeds are packed with fiber, protein, omega 3 and 6. They contain 20 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids that our bodies do not make.  That’s a bonus, because amino acids aren’t usually found in plant-based protein sources.

The seeds are a natural appetite suppressant known to reduce sugar cravings. They’re also thought to ease joint pain and aid digestion.

Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast made from sugarcane and beet molasses. It’s a yellow, flaky substance with a nutty cheese flavor—it tastes enough like cheese to be used as a substitute by people who don’t do dairy.

The yeast is a complete protein, just like quinoa. It contains iron, which is great for athletes in training, and selenium, which helps repair cell damage. It also holds anti-viral and antibacterial properties, and contains probiotics that aid digestion.

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Roxanne Trujillo

Roxanne is a Coloradical single track slayer, crux seeking, pow loving, thrill taking mom of a child that's comparably wild. Armed with enthusiasm and good coffee, she devotes herself to the outdoors and keeping pace with her adorable and energetic daughter. She is an ambassador for RaceFace, a V-something climber and goes by Birdy. She fantasizes often about throwing herself, daughter, friends and bikes in a Sprinter wrapped in #canvasthetoddler and peeling out to chase the mundo hermoso.

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