Fall Apple Chickpea Salad

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love it all : scarves, boots, coats, cider, apple picking and cider.

I created this salad while craving chickpeas and apples. Its crisp, crunchy and a little sweet. I dont know if anyone actually reads the long intro to recipies. I wont bore ya’ll. Here it is!

Ingredients:

  • Paprika
  • Olive Oil
  • Favorite Apple (i used honey crisp)
  • red onion
  • cucumber
  • Chickpeas
  • Panera “Bread Co” Fiji Apple Salad Dressing
  • Spring Mix
  • Walnuts or pecans
  • chia and flax (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 375. Drain chickpeas and spread out over a sheet pan. Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle paprika. Bake for 15 minutes
  2. Take spring mix and add to a plate
  3. Chop apples, cucumber, and red onion into small bits.
  4. sprinkle some nuts and chia/flax
  5. Take chickpeas out of the oven. Spoon out hot roasted chickpeas onto the salad.
  6. Top with Panera Fiji Apple Salad Dressing
  7. Enjoy

Going Vegetarian

Hi ya’ll. I’ve been experimenting with a vegetarin diet for the last few months, and now want to commit to it 100%. I’ve already noticed a difference in my weight, joint health, and energy and really want to take it to the next level to make my body the healthiest it possibly can be.

I did not grow up vegetarian. If you had told me years ago that I would eat a primarly plant based diet, I would of laughed and chowed down a whole hambuger in your face. I could not fathom where I would get my protien from and why I would want to give up the foods I enjoyed most.

The number one motivator for my new eating habits is my health. I’ve always been interested in diet and nutrition. What I found was this way of eating could be beneficial for heart health, automimmunity, and even to help control pre-diabetes.

I  did my own mini experiment for 2 weeks. This is what I found:

  1. Vegetables and fruit taste better!
  2. I’m not starving
  3. I wake up with no joint pain and have extra energy
  4. Best I have felt in a long long time
  5. Gym Recovery time isnt as bad

I will be chronicling my journy for anyone else who is interested or doesnt know where to start. I’m still trying to find my goto recipies, resturants I can enjoy, and how to eat for exercise recovery.

Stay Tuned

-J.Marie