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Today was a chickpea day. But with me, most days are. It’s not that I love the taste or crave them but somehow they just seem to creep into most of my meals. I realised that with the exception of about a month, I’ve had chickpeas every week this year. Scary. There’s been the standard chickpea curry, the chickpea ‘tuna sandwich’ , the chickpea stir fry and even chickpea burgers. You just can’t go wrong with them; they’re cheap (4 tins for £1 in ASDA), super quick to cook (you should know by now the kitchen is not where I belong) and they’re versatile. So here’s how I ate them yesterday:
Chickpea porridge. Just joking! Most days I have porridge; this one had a spoonful of cashew butter and another of natural blackcurrant jam. I use either almond milk or coconut milk in my porridge, this time I used almond. Don’t judge my orange plastic bowl – it has sentimental value!
Lunch: Falafel salad
See, chickpeas again! I’ve not yet tried to make my own falafels but I should do because they seem pretty easy. I bought these ones and added them to a bed of spinach, lettuce, rocket, sweetcorn and spring onion. I then smothered everything in caramelised humus. I also had a plain wholemeal wrap with this but lets just say it wasn’t pretty enough to photograph. The woes of carrying a packed lunch – squashed bread.
Snack: Dried mango
When I was in the height of my weight-loss journey, these saved me. I’ve got a sweet tooth and instead of having chocolate after my meals, I just eat these or some other sort of dried fruit. I ate this in the library like the rebel that I am.
Post-training snack: Cashews
I went to my athletics training session, in the rain, and cold, with a sore throat. Need I say more? I wasn’t hungry but I know my muscles need protein after an intense session so I ate these on the tube home.
Dinner: Chickpea curry!
I think you’re tired of seeing the word chickpea now. But you were warned; I’m a huge fan. Chickpeas are my chicken. I had this curry with quinoa, broccoli and green beans.
Like I mentioned, I’ve got a sore throat and so I’ve been drinking lots of tea. The plan was to get some lemon and ginger but once I got home the thought of stepping out into that cold again just threw all healing plans out of the window. So peppermint it was, in my mug from my mission trip to Albania. Good times.
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