Avocado chickpea salad recipe

Avocados are like candy to me. Seriously. The other day I read about a company that mails you a monthly stash of those delicious green fruits. How perfect! If I wasn’t a cash-strapped twenty something, I’d sign right up! I eat avocados with, on, and in ANYTHING. I realized the other day that I desperately need to include more protein in my vegan diet. I had a can of chickpeas in the pantry and thought… hey! Avocados + chickpeas + a few other good ingredients could be the recipe for a perfect spring lunch. Hence, the avocado chickpea “salad” was born!

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Ingredients:

*this makes two servings!

1 cup chickpeas

1/2 avocado

1/2 cup salsa

1/2 red onion, chopped into small pieces

2 TBSP lime juice

Dash of salt and pepper

Fresh cilantro (to your liking)

 

Mash the avocado with the chickpeas. I like to keep it pretty chunky but feel free to use a food processor if you want a smoother texture. Then stir in the rest of the ingredients. I love cilantro so I definitely added quite a bit. Any salsa will do… I personally love the Mateo’s salsa from Costco or the black bean & corn salsa from Target!

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Baking vegan: butter substitutes

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I LOVE to bake. Cookies, brownies, bars, cookies, breads, cookies. Did I mention cookies?? Not only are baked goodies delicious to eat, they’re perfect for gifts and sharing at parties. But being a vegan baker has its problems. One of the biggest problems is butter. So many recipes call for butter so how do we, as vegans, get around that ingredient and still turn out some pretty tasty treats? Here’s a list of a few butter substitute ideas for baking:

– Vegan butters. Earth Balance is a non-hydrogenated butter substitute that can be found in most grocery stores.

– Oils. You can use coconut, extra virgin olive, or vegetable oil. There is a trick to this substitution though: 1 cup butter = 3/4 cup oil.

– Applesauce. This will make your cookies or bread a bit denser and may alter the flavor but it works. And adds a little serving of fruit : )

– Avocado. My hands-down favorite substitution. Did you know you can use avocado on toast instead of butter too? It’s delicious if you haven’t tried it!

What do you do to “veganize” your favorite baking recipes?

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