Pre-workout Meal: Spicy Chipotle Chicken (no sodium) with Butternut & Red Bean Couscous, Red Pear with Sunflower Butter.
The season of “clean bulking” is upon us! Expect to see a lot more of my meals with higher carbs. Also, PLEASE if you plan to make these recipes, remember to ADJUST according to your nutritional needs. Off to the gym and then right back to work!
While we’re familiar with Mediterranean chickpea salad recipes, full of lemon juice, fresh herbs, olive, oil, and red onion, there’s another contender in the bean salads world that I am personally in love with. I would like to introduce you to my sweet and spicy steak and chickpea salad recipe. Chickpea salads are always on my list of favorite salad recipes to showcase since they are full of fiber and protein and so versatile that it can easily be dressed up in so many different ways. This salad is so good that you won’t even need any salad dressing. Just a sprinkling of kosher salt, if any, and it’s ready to go.
This sweet and spicy simple chickpea salad recipe features ginger and red pepper and orange cranberries for some sweet heat. Tender and juicy steak make this a protein-packed power lunch, and the spinach gives a healthy serving of dark leafy greens. You can use canned chickpeas, also sometimes known as garbanzo beans, or you can use dry chickpeas. However, if you use the dry version, you’ll have to cook it beforehand but a slow cooker or instant pot can cut your cooking time down. The only downside is that this easy weeknight dish doesn’t keep very well, so you should eat it soon after making it. Some might add some feta cheese to it for another boost of protein.
Did you like this chickpea salad recipe? If so, please let me know by commenting below. I think it is important that food is both delicious and healthy, plus easy to put together. Eating for your health and fitness goals should not be a battle! If you are looking for more health-conscious recipes, take a look at my other posts for creative meal ideas. I’m looking forward to hearing from my readers about this and other recipes.