I sometimes look longingly at foods others are eating and sometimes I will admit to feeling that eating healthy is hard to follow through on. I fight within myself to stay true to what I want my body to be eating…food that is good for me. Sometimes this battle is just too hard for me. As Romans 7:15 NKJV says, “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.”
I find that having a plan ahead of time to eat right, is very helpful to fighting those temptations. This recipe is one that I can make to help me with those temptations to fall away from the diet choices that I want to be making. It is satisfying. It tastes good. And it makes me feel like I am eating something special. It meets several needs of mine to make a meal feel like a winner!
I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do. It is always nice to find a quick recipe that can help curb your desires from things you are trying not to eat. This recipe can be eaten on bread, however, I tend to put it onto lettuce leaves. It helps me to not overload on bread (which I can easily do!) and it’s rather fun to eat it this way! You could also eat it as a dip with a healthy cracker or chip.
Chickpea Lettuce Boats
1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp. red onion, celery, and or radishes, chopped finely (The crunch is a nice addition to the chickpea salad. You can use any combination or just one. I tend to eat it with red onion the most.)
2 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. vegan mayonnaise
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. of salt (to taste), optional
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. dill weed
Lettuce leaves (green leaf lettuce or romaine)
To make, place your chickpeas into a food processor or blender and pulse the chickpeas until they are chopped, but not blended smooth. They should resemble chopped peanuts. Place chopped chickpeas into a bowl. Mix in the remaining ingredients. Layer small amounts into lettuce leaves. I use romaine lettuce, but have used leaf lettuce at times. Sprinkle your filled lettuce leaves with additional dill weed for a special presentation.