Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Chickpea Pizza Bake Salad

Today, I'm bringing you a dish that can be eaten warm out of the oven or cold on a salad.  It's rich, tastes like pizza, and is healthy!  With all of the holiday indulgences coming our way, it's definitely a good time for a healthy recipe.

Basil thinks it smells great.  She's a cutie pie.  I put up the Christmas Tree on Sunday (as sign that the world is not completely hopeless), and she immediately thought it was a giant Basil toy.  I made sure to not put any ornaments down low, but I'm holding my breath that she won't climb the tree while we're at work.  I mean, can you blame her?  I just put a shiny, glowing, spikey toy right smack in her living room.  Who wouldn't want to climb it??

Anywho, as we all hope that Bazie doesn't destroy the Christmas Tree, let's drool over this recipe.  It's PIZZA, yet it's not.

Chickpea Pizza Bake


  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 (15 oz) can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2.5 oz can diced black olives, drained
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup blanched sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. Combine everything but the nutritional yeast in a large baking pan.
  3. Roast for 20 minutes.
  4. Pull pan out and sprinkle nutritional yeast on top.
  5. Roast for another 20 minutes.
  6. Serve on spinach, in a pita, or whatever you like!

I love chickpea salads of all types, and this one is great.  If you have that craving for pizza, but you want to keep it healthy, make this salad.

Sprinkling nooch on something makes it all better!  I could honestly make chickpea salads every week and probably come up with new, weird combinations every time.  This one is pretty weird, but I swear, it's great.

I love pre-cooking meals on Sunday for the week, and while I don't get to do it every week, it's a good habit to form.  This is definitely one of those meals that you can cook and portion out into lunch sizes.  I would recommend keeping it in a small container, then warming that up in the microwave at work.  Then, toss on some spinach or greens and you have a killer salad!

I have been bored with smoothies and really reaching for something hearty for lunch.  Sometimes, that means I head out with my office, but if I can have something appetizing and tasty at the ready, I can stay in and get some reading done.

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  1. Wow, I must try this it looks delicious!! Basil is so sweet! Good luck with the tree, keep us posted!!

    1. It hasn't fallen over yet! She has attempted to climb it, but she fears the squirt bottle, so she has since stopped most attempts.

  2. What an interesting spin on pizza-style chickpeas. One can never have too many chickpea recipes. Thank you for sharing it :)

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