In an effort to include more plant-based protein in my diet, I was excited to try a fun take on chicken salad using chickpeas instead of chicken.
Great Meal Prep
Note: it is a good idea if you are prepping this ahead to keep the salad and bread separate until ready to eat. Bring the chickpea salad portion along with the greens in a food container with the bread in a separate container. Spoon the greens and mixture onto the bread to make a sandwich when ready to eat.
This doesn’t have the same shear amount of protein as my normal meals do.
I’ve been learning that a lot of the classic teachings about the amount of protein needed in a day to build muscle isn’t based on science. And the actual amount you need is much less than classically thought.
As long as you are getting enough calories so your body has the energy it needs to use the protein you do eat to turn it into muscle, you will still build muscle.
|Vegan Chickpea Salad|
You’ll also likely have this between two pieces of bread. Using higher-protein bread, such as Dave’s Killer Bread 21 Grains & Seeds, you can add 10g of protein to the meal as well.
Vegan Chickpea Chik’n Salad
- 4 cups chickpeas cooked
- 1 cup
- ½ cup diced red onion
- 14 chopped dried apricots
- 1 tbsp chopped dill
- 1 tbsp grainy dijon mustard
- ¼ tsp sage
- ¼ tsp thyme
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp salt
- Add chickpeas to a large bowl. Mash with a fork to desired consistency. Alternatively, you can pulse in a food processor until desired consistency.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well-combined.
- Enjoy on a sandwich with lots of spring greens.
- Note: it is a good idea if you are prepping this ahead to keep the salad and bread separate until ready to eat. Bring the chickpea salad portion along with the greens in a food container along with the bread in a separate container. Spoon the mixture onto the bread when ready to eat.