Friday, June 5, 2009

Another Vegan, Chickpea Salad

Welcome back Farmer's Market Fridays ~ How I've missed you!!! ALL SUMMER long our work provides us with an awesome spread of fresh organic local fruits, breads and (EVIL!) Kettle Korn for our snacking pleasure once a week - yeah! I resisted the breads and Kettle Korn (although I secretly wanted to sneak the entire container away all for myself) and ended up with a fabulous fruit plate for my morning snack.


At Spin Class today we had my absolute favorite instructor. I am really not sure why I like her because honestly her classes are so tough, they make you want to keel over! She pushes herself so it's hard for her (and she does a bunch of classes a week!) so imagine what it's like! My Body Bugg chalked up a 394 calorie burn for our grueling 45 minute session.

I came back to the interesting lunch I whipped up this morning. I was out of black beans so I ended up grabbing chick peas instead.


1/2 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 c chopped onion
handful of organic heirloom cherry tomatoes cut in half
1/2 chopped red bell pepper
2 pinches of cilantro, chopped
1 small clove of garlic minced
1 lemon, juiced
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea salt & pepper to taste
a few dashes of TJ's 21 Savory Spice Blend
Topped with 1 Tbsp roasted pumpkin seeds


I really LIKED the chickpea change, although, I think the black beans might have absorbed the flavor better. AVOCADO would have made this salad amazing, but, it was still pretty tasty if you like the lemon/oil combo.

You still have a chance to WIN two things from me - so be sure to check them out!

* Sign up for Bikini Bootcamp month and you will be entered to win a copy of the Bikini Bootcamp Book. Click HERE for the details.

* The crunchtastic Mr. Krisper's Giveaway is ending tonight at Midnight. Be sure to click HERE! to enter before time runs out.

Plus a couple other Giveaways that might interest you:

* Ashley is giving away Sonny Joe's Hummus - you don't really have to click HERE because I want to win it!!!

* Celebrate Summer with Heather's Summer Giveaway by clicking HERE. She is giving away ANNIE's Bunnies - yeah!!!

I think we are relaxing tonight with our NetFlix ~ yeah! I am absolutely looking forward to nothingness.

Do you all have anything fun planned this weekend?


  1. Danica, you are doing so amazingly with this challenge! I can't wait to hear about your loss!

  2. yeah what marisa said! your will power is amazing! definitely inspiring, can't wait to hear the results. i really love watching you blog about your programs (this one and the 30 day JS) because you are so passionate about EVERYTHING you get yourself into. i really love that about you! it makes for FABULOUS reading and yummmy recipes! have a nice relaxing night :)

  3. I am way impressed with your willpower!!!! I would love to sign up for the bikini bootcamp but I don't have near the willpower you do!

    Tonight I am heading to our end of the school year party. Past years have included: signature cocktails, roaming appetizers, a crepe station, pasta station... and it continues. Gah!

  4. Hey,

    My email is

    Kristi Summer

  5. I LOVE taking fitness classes when the instructor really pushes us! I always feel like it's a waste of time if she's not getting into it herself, and pushing us to the max.

    Your recipes always look so good! I love it :D The pumpkin seeds sound like a great addition.

  6. Marisa ~ Awww - thanks! I really appreciate your comment.

    Janetha ~ That was such a sweet comment too - seroiusly, you all are too nice. I try to be passionate about all things I take on in life. I am glad you like reading and I LOVE your comments! Thanks girlie!

    C.G - Awww, you could totally do it! You just take baby steps and realize not every day is going to be perfect. You get empowered by each mini success you have and you build on that. I totally think you should sign up for the challenge. Good luck at that school party - finger foods are my total weakness.

    Kristi ~ Thanks, I just emailed you.

    Anne ~ You know that is so true - it is much more motivating when someone is pushing themselves versus watching you. She has such great definition I always am thinking that I want to look like that - it's motivating. I am LOVING adding pumpkin seeds to everything - it gives it a fun crunch.