Thursday, July 8, 2010

"Chicken" Salad

Goodness gracious!!!
Can you tell it's been a busy summer??? I just looked and saw that I only posted FIVE TIMES last month. I promise, it's with good reason. After visiting with my mom:

...going to Wisconsin to see some of our darling friends get married (and meeting some of the nicest people in the world!!! I love Wisconsin!!!):

...and having a visit from my best friend (she's Canadian, it's been 7 years, and it was the best trip EVER!):

(We got matching tattoos! We're avid tea drinkers. Tea has been there for us when jobs and boys and catty girls and the party scene haven't.)

...I'm a little tired and looking forward to some down time. Not before I share this amazing recipe with you, though!

I was at the grocery store the day that my MerMer left. My other favorite friend in the world (yeah, I have a few of those!), Missy, had sent me a text about the "chicken" salad she had just made. I asked for the ingredients, bought them, and within 20 minutes, was eating it. She laughed a bit at me because I had made it so fast, but it sounded so good!

(Quick background on Missy: we've known each other for years. For some reason, when we lived on the island of Okinawa together, we weren't vegan or even vegetarian. Now that we're no longer almost-neighbors, she decided to jump on the vegan bandwagon with me and we're both so aware of what we eat and how are bodies handle it.)

Missy & I 4 years ago:

Missy & I last month:

Going vegan has done a body good!

Anyway, I digress. This is a food blog, after all. :)

"Chicken" Salad
Prep time: 5 minutes

1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup Vegenaise
1-2 celery stalks, diced
1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
Black pepper, to taste (I used TONS)

1. Mash the chickpeas with a potato masher until there's just a few big pieces left. Add the other ingredients, mix, and enjoy thoroughly. Which you will. :)

Here's your nutritional value for REAL chicken salad (as seen here):

...and here's the value for THIS "chicken" salad:

Look at that protein and fiber! AND IT'S DELICIOUS, PEOPLE!!!
Cody gobbled this stuff up.

I don't know why you're still reading this. You should be at the store or going through your fridge, figuring out if you can make this. :)


  1. I love this post!!! HAHAHA! Maybe because I'm in it ;) I'm glad you shared this stuff.....soooooo good!

  2. Brilliant post! It looks like you've been having a great time, what a lovely way to enjoy your summer. And YUMMY chicken salad sandwich! I love using chickpeas to do this, they are so versatile, healthy, and delicious!

  3. I love you LOADS AND LOADS Beth. I miss you and green chili sauce almost equally. ALMOST. :)
    Mum's coming to Calgary for a visit in a week so I definitely plan to pull out all the veggie stops! We'll be munching on kale chips and faux egg salad sandwiches and corn and black bean quesadillas and a number of other yummy foods you so sweetly have listed here. Ready yourself for a billion calls from me saying "How do I..??!", "Should it be..??!" blah blah. I'm still a terrible cook!
    You're one of the brightest spots of my day..and your blog is saving me from eating nothing but salad.
    I love you!! xoxo


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