Since the outbreak of COVID-19 hit Canada last month, most of us have been working and living entirely at home. At first glance, spending more time in your home sounds like a good thing – but there can be challenges if you are new to the work-from-home lifestyle!
When it comes to feeding your family, it’s important to maintain some kind of a routine in the food that you’re eating and the times that you’re eating it too. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean that you need to spend more time in the kitchen! Keep up with your meal-prep habits and set aside a couple hours on the weekend to prepare nourishing meals that you and your family can enjoy for quick lunches, dinners and snacks.
Today we’re sharing a tried and true recipe that will be a hit with the whole family! This simple bean salad is easy to make; tastes great warm, cold or room temperature; and is full of protein and fiber for all-day energy!
WHY IT’S GOOD FOR YOU:
Chickpeas: Chickpeas are a good source of fiber, carbohydrates and plant-based protein. Chickpeas also contain magnesium, which is an important mineral in our body! Healthy intake of magnesium supports muscle function, protein synthesis, blood sugar control and blood pressure regulation. You’ll also get a great boost of plant-based protein from the chickpeas in this recipe! Protein is needed by every cell in our body and works to keep our bodies functioning optimally (especially during times of stress!).
Spinach: This dark leafy green vegetable contains a healthy dose of antioxidants and minerals. We like using spinach in this recipe because it has a versatile and subdued taste that even kids enjoy! Spinach is a great source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that support a healthy immune system and help build strong muscles and bones.
SpiraVeg Fresh Spirulina: SpiraVeg Fresh Spirulina is packed with protein (approximately 60-70%), contains all essential amino acids, is filled with antioxidants and contains high levels of iron, calcium, healthy fats and B vitamins. Plus, this blue-green algae helps to keep the body balanced through exceptional detoxification properties and immune system support!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
½ cup cooked lentils
2 tbsp olive oil
1, 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
6 cherry tomatoes
1 cup spinach
juice of 1 lemon
1-2 tbsp SpiraVeg Fresh Spirulina
salt and pepper, to taste
Sauté the spinach with olive oil and tomatoes for 3-4 minutes. Add lentils and chickpeas, then stir for another 1-2 minutes.
Prepare dressing by combining lemon juice, fresh spirulina, salt and pepper. Drizzle homemade dressing over the lentils, chickpeas and tomatoes.
Serve with fresh pita on the side.
Kid and adult approved – YUM!
Have leftovers? Here’s what to do with them: Store in an airtight glass container for up to one week in the refrigerator. Enjoy cold, room temperature or warm.