Cumin Scented Chickpea-Bulgar-Quinoa Salad

I have a confession to make, I didn`t technically make this, I conceptualized it, finished it, and seasoned it, but I did not make it. The husband did, under my direction, but he did. He came home to watch the March Madness and I went to the gym. When I got home from work, I took everything out and said cook this, chop all this and stick it in a big bowl. He looked a bit confused, but I think he was just trying to get out of the cooking. He did not succeed.

If you looked at my On Deck this week, you saw that I bought a bulgur wheat-quinoa blend. Since it was warm, I thought it would make for a nice salad with the red pepper, cucumber, and tomatoes I had on hand. It also leaves me with leftovers and I need something to bring to work for lunch tomorrow – this is it. It`s fast, easy, super healthy, and perfect for a warm day. It`s also vegan and can be made gluten-free if you skip the bulgur and go with all quinoa. This will go on rotation.


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Vegetable Chickpea Bake

I happened upon this chickpea casserole over on and it looked promising. I`m finally getting around to trying it, though with some modifications. For one, it really had no veg in it and was veering towards kinda unhealthy and higher fat than I would have liked. When I saw it, I knew it definitely needed some spinach and artichoke hearts. Leeks would be good too. I added the former, but not the latter, I added additional shallots instead. I would add some diced red pepper for more color the next time as well. I added breadcrumbs, but this could easily be made gluten-free by wither omitting, or subbing with a gluten free product, like fried onion or shallot on top for crunch, or gluten-free breadcrumb.


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