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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Smashed Avocado Chickpea Salad


As I mentioned a few times already in passing, last month I started my official student teaching placement.

While I still take a college seminar course at night, my Mondays through Fridays are now spent entirely in a 7th grade science classroom assisting a cooperating teacher with lessons as well as teaching my own.  

Exhausting more often than not, hilarious at times, stressful at others, and all around enjoyable.

This is the first time since starting college I've been on such a structured schedule, and that translates to being responsible for packing a lunch every single day.  Having to brainstorm things to eat that will keep me full for an entire afternoon and won't make me want to pull my hair out from boredom has been challenging to say the least.

That's where salads like these are a lifesaver.  Healthy and filling with only good fat, easy to whip up one batch for all week, and most importantly delicious.

With a similar texture to that of egg salad, the creaminess in this comes from avocados instead of mayonnaise.  Cilantro, scallions, and lime juice make for a taste reminiscent of guacamole.  It's great on sandwiches as shown, on crackers, or really anyway you could imagine.

You can dress this up even more from here if you'd like, though it really doesn't need much embellishment.  

Don't let the green color throw you.

Get on board.


Smashed Avocado Chickpea Salad
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Servings: Filling for 4 sandwiches

Ingredients:
- 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas (skins removed if desired)
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 Tbsp scallions, chopped
- Juice of 1 lime
- salt and pepper


Directions:
Rinse and drain chickpeas.  Remove outer skins if desired.  In a medium bowl mash chickpeas and avocado together.  Add in cilantro, scallions, and lime juice.  Season with salt and pepper to your liking.  Use for sandwiches, on crackers, or any other way you'd like.  Will stay covered tightly in refrigerator for a few days, but remember avocados brown easily so the color might change slightly the longer it sits.


Recipe adapted from: Two Peas and Their Pod

9 comments:

  1. This is seriously my favorite sandwich in the whole world. Of course you love it too. Also, this is Maria.

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    1. Wow! Flabbergasted is an understatement. HUGE HUGE fan over here. I hope you were happy with the way I credited you and your site and represented the recipe in general. It's one of my absolute favorites. Really though, so beyond elated to hear from you! Have a wonderful day and know that your site is wonderful (as I'm sure you know - you should!). It made my day to hear from you.

      - Mary

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  2. Looks great! Maybe I will make some to pack my lunch :)
    I was a teacher too! (although I quit being a teacher now) I know how exhausting it is! Hope you enjoy though :)

    Liz @ rusticpeach.com

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    1. Hey Liz! Thanks so much! So exhausting right? Hope you love what you do now just as much. Checked out rustic peach. Beautiful and inspiring photography. It made me happy! Will be stopping back again. Stop back anytime!

      - Mary

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  3. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. It's so good! Thanks for stopping by Kelsey! Checked out Apple a Day! Awesome. Will be stopping back for sure. Stop back anytime!

      - Mary

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  4. This looks delicious! I also have long days this semester and have the SAME problem...some things just dont keep me full enough until the end of the day! I think I’ll be trying this out very soon!

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    1. Hi! I think you'll love this. I really do. Be sure to let me know if you do! And if you bake/cook up anything I should try! Hope you are wonderful. Thanks for always checking in on here still. Means the world to me. Really.

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  5. This was delicious and so healthy! Thank you :)

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