Friday, February 28, 2014

Chick Peas and Egg Salad

Two simple salads come together for a very sophisticated lunch or substantial snack.

Chick peas, aka garbanzo beans or cecci are the beans that most of us associate with hummus and falafel.  (Falafel is also made from fava beans in some parts of the world.)  Chick peas' nutty flavor and creamy texture can really enhance simple preparations like egg salad.  Here chick peas doused with some rich extra virgin olive oil and chopped cilantro top classic egg salad served on romaine lettuce leaves. 

Chick peas can also be pan sauteed with a bit of bacon or olive oil and replace croutons to garnish cream soups, especially cauliflower or potato soups.  Add any spices that appeal--a touch of cumin or smoked paprika, for example.

On their own, chick peas tossed with vinaigrette dressing, a few chopped olives and roasted red peppers make an easy side dish that can act as your starch or salad.  Leftovers can be wrapped in a flour tortilla for a post-workout snack.

End of February...short post for a short month! See you in March.