Greek Salad with Chickpeas

I am pretty boring when it comes to salad choices…. I usually always get the Chicken Caesar with dressing on the side and I love the salad bar at Village Bagels in Norwalk. I enjoy the mixed greens and romaine with chickpeas, carrots, cucumbers, walnuts and a scoop of tuna salad on top, yum. I also love the Burrito Bowl at Chipotle with lots and lots of lettuce on top, I call that the ultimate salad, love it so much. However, I don’t ever get the Greek Salad or the Cobb Salad or any of those other fancy salads.

Well, this time I found this recipe for a Chickpea Greek Salad and it certainly caught my attention. I just love chickpeas. Frankly, I am obsessed with chickpeas!!! So, when I saw this, I had to give it a shot, even though I am not a big fan of feta cheese or kalamata olives, just too salty for me. I thought my husband would love this since he loves Greek Salad.

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My review: It was delicious!!! It is full of healthy ingredients, from chickpeas, to peppers, cucumbers to tomatoes and I added lots of romaine lettuce. I just love the crunch from the lettuce and the cucumbers. Of course, I put most of the olives to the side and gave them to him, lol and I sprinkled less then the recommended feta cheese but if you like it, you can certainly add more. It was very good and so healthy for you, I will definitely make it again.

Recipe is courtesy of another fellow blogger, Ambitious Kitchen. My only revision was the addition of the romaine lettuce. Here is her photo, much nicer then mine.

Vegetarian Chickpea salad with olives, feta, tomatoes, onion, garlic and a light lemon dressing! Add quinoa for more protein or enjoy on it's own!

I apologize for my photo above, it was taken after we ate most of it and taken with my cell phone. Not the best photo. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Coconut Cookies, Vegan

It’s been a long time since I have posted but it’s been a very busy spring and summer, filled with lots of fun activities, birthday parties each month, vacation, play dates etc. Now, the kids are back to school 😦 and Benny and I are trying to find our own little routine again.

I’ve been browsing through lots of new cookbooks and have picked out a ton of new recipes that I’d like to try. My goal is to post a new recipe each day with my personal reviews as well as the recipe or the link to the recipe. Similar to the movie, Julie and Julia, I”d love it if you all followed along and shared your comments.

Let’s start today with a sweet treat… Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cookies. I made them gluten free so everyone could eat them here at our house. To make them gluten free, I substituted the all-purpose flour with 1 cup oat flour and 1/2 cup almond flour. I’ve found that it takes a little more “gluten free flour” to make it hold up as well as the gluten version.

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My review: I thought it was a delicious cookie. In my opinion, I wanted it to be a bit more on the healthy side, so I reduced the sugar by 1/2 and still thought they tasted great. They were soft and fudgy, similar to a brownie. Everyone enjoyed them here, even Benny. We are all chocolate and coconut lovers in this house! This is a great option for those that can’t eat eggs and it is super easy and simple to make, just a few simple ingredients. My son Lucas rolled them all out for me while I moved onto washing the dishes.

Recipe is courtesy of another fellow blogger, Two Peas and Their Pod.