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Chickpea sandwich salad recipe

Updated on November 27, 2014

Having always struggled with weight-loss, I have tried many diets over the years. Most work if you stick to them, some work faster than others. Some diets are healthier than others. Dr. Atkins started the no carb craze and unfortunately made people think that carbs are the enemy when really many healthy and necessary foods are carbs. On the other hand, I don't think we should discard the theory if it gives people a jump start on their weight loss. If you ever had to lose a big amount of weight you know how daunting the task can be, one pound per week at a time! I don't see how bad it can be for our body to cut out the carbs for 2 weeks, and then re-introduce them slowly, which is what most of those diets do.

It is definitely no way to live constantly, but it's great to start you off on your weight loss journey. When you re-introduce your carbs, make sure you choose healthy ones, like whole grains, starchy vegetables, and fruit. Those carbs are necessary to a healthy way of life and should not be cut out for long periods of time.

The problem I see with those diets is that they program your mind to think that carbs are always the enemy. This is not true. Never do such a diet for more than a few weeks, and then add healthy carbs back into your diet.

Here is a recipe that includes healthy carbohydrates! This chickpea salad is great on a whole grain pita bread or enjoy it on its own.

Chickpea salad

2 cups cooked chickpeas, partially mashed if using as a filling
1 bunch green onions, sliced
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup tahini sauce - see recipe below
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/4 cup chopped cilantro or parsley
1 tbsp olive oil
a dash of chipotle chili powder or cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients, drizzle with some additional lime or lemon juice if needed.

Tahini sauce

3 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp water
juice of 1 lemon
1 clove of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp cumin

The easiest method with a small quantity is to put all the ingredients into a tall container and to use an immersion blender and process until smooth.
If you do it by hand, start with the tahini and add the liquid little by little, stirring constantly, until the desired consistency is reached. Then crush the garlic and add with the other spices.


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      bakingSense 5 years ago from Vaughan, Canada

      Interesting comment. So far I have always heard the opposite, to NOT eat carbs in the evening but I see your point!

    • dwelburn profile image

      David 5 years ago from Birmingham, UK

      No, carbs are not evil, but they do raise insulin levels, which prevents fat burning. So if you want to lose weight you could try only eating them one or two days per week. Or only eat them in the evening (but not just before bed), so your body can be in fat burning mode during the day.


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