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BBQ Roasted Chickpea Summer Salad + Abundance Diet GIVEAWAY

In Appetizers, Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian), Salads, Sides on July 28, 2015 at 7:33 AM

BBQ Roasted Chickpea Salad

As the hot summer persists, let us marry the perfect summer eats. BBQ and salads. And for those without a BBQ, have no fear, this one is for you.

No BBQ needed, the BBQ flavour is completely from the roasted chickpeas. A bit more complex than my bacon-flavoured chickpea croutons, but definitely not any harder than pulling out a few more bottles, these roasted chickpeas are awesome. Smoky, savoury and delicious. You could just eat them with your hand (totally guilty) or add them to a salad for a more complete meal. Here I paired it with salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, purple cabbage, shredded carrots and avocado with a splash of lemon juice. Mix it all together for a fabulous meal.

BBQ Roasted Chickpea Summer Salad

The smoky roasted chickpeas comes from Somer McCowan’s new cookbook, The Abundance Diet. Somer blogs at Vedged Out and is the originator behind the vegan extra sharp cheese ball and fresh vegan moxarella (a revised version of the mock mozzarella is in her book). The cookbook was borne out of her previous Green Smoothie Challenge. 

I am always anxious of leafing through cookbooks marked with words such as ‘diet’, ‘detox’, or the like, but I have no reservations about this cookbook. Somer’s recipes are all gluten-free, plant-based vegan recipes and also, to the astute eye, also free of oil and refined sugars. (The tip-off are the lack of oil in the soups and stews, as I am accustomed to sautéing my onions in oil). Otherwise, the recipes are filled with an abundance of vegetables for creative meals that are relatively easy to make, too.

*BBQ Roasted Chickpea Summer Salad + Abundance Diet GIVEAWAY

The recipes span the entire day (breakfast to lunch to dinner including snacks) because there are meal plans that span 28-days (they can be found here if you want a preview). She includes recipes for 26 salads and dressing.  The Lentil taco salad was fabulous (even without the roasted red pepper dressing) and her Ultimate Lentil Salad reminds me of my own 11-Spice Lentil Salad with Capers and Currants (and always a hit). Her soups are equally enticing, with meal-type soups like Quinoa Minestrone and her Smoky Split Pea Soup. Others are more vegetable-based which are more suitable as appetizer.

I enjoyed her Moroccan Lentil Soup even though I substituted a handful of fresh dill for the parsley/cilantro. She also has a main dish section with recipes I have been eyeing, such as Chiles Rellenos Casserole Bake with Smoky Chipotle Enchilada Sauce and Homestyle Mexican Casserole. Green smoothies, juices, snacks, dips and desserts round out the cookbook to keep you full throughout the day.

*BBQ Roasted Chickpea Summer Salad + Abundance Diet GIVEAWAY

I remember when cookbooks were mostly text, but it is so nice to see excellent photography. Ann Oliverio photographed most of the recipes and they are a treat throughout the cookbook. Just look at the delicious cover photography highlighting the Funeral Potatoes. A funeral for your fat?

Of note, while this is a diet based on vegan abundance, Somer’s narrative highlights the potential ways to expedite weight loss. Some people may not like this tone and I suggest simply enjoying the recipes. Not a fan of stevia? (Me, neither). Simply substitute dates instead for the smoothies or all coconut sugar in other desserts. Or in my case, add some beans to the vegetable-centric meals. In all, the recipes look great and only on closer inspection do they jump out as diet food.

BBQ Roasted Chickpea Summer Salad

Want your own copy?

Thankfully, the publisher allowed me to giveaway the cookbook to a reader living in the US. To be entered in the random draw for the book, please leave a comment below telling me what you like to eat in abundance. The winner will be selected at random on August 7, 2015. Good luck!

Recipes from The Abundance Diet spotted elsewhere:

Apple Pie Green Smoothie

Cheesy Cauliflower and Potato Bake

Cherry and Chocolate Soft-Serve Ice Cream

Moroccan Lentil Soup

No-Bake Cookie Bites

Raw Cashew Horchata

Raw Pad Thai

Rawkin Rainbow Kale Salad

Tomato Basil Bisque

I am sharing this with Meat Free Mondays.

BBQ Roasted Chickpea Summer Salad

mixed baby greens, or lettuce of choice
1 small purple cabbage, thinly sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
4 carrots, shredded
2 avocados, sliced
1 batch BBQ Roasted Chickpeas (see below)
1 lemon

1. Place all vegetable ingredients in 4 bowls. Top each bowl with 1/4 of the BBQ chickpeas. Drizzle with lemon juice.

Serves 4.

BBQ Roasted Chickpea Snack
Reprinted, with permission, from The Abundance Diet

Author’s note: I was tooling around in the kitchen making versions of chickpea bacon, but multiple people told me these taste like BBQ chickpeas instead of bacon. No loss, eh? These are absolutely fantastic for snacking on. You may want to make a double batch, as these are super addictive! They make a great salad topping.

1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (Janet’s note: omitted)
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons dry sherry (Janet’s note: substituted Madeira)
1 tablespoon tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, drained, well rinsed and then blotted dry with a clean kitchen towel (Janet’s note: I used a 29 oz can of chickpeas)

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a medium bowl, stir together the liquid smoke, sesame oil, black pepper, smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, maple syrup, sherry, tamari, onion pow- der, and garlic powder. This is your marinade. Add the chickpeas to the marinade and stir to coat.

2. Transfer the chickpeas and marinade into an 8×8-inch baking dish lined with parchment paper. Bake the chickpeas for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once or twice. The chickpeas will get crispier as they cool. Store in a lidded container in the refrigerator. These are even better, if possible, on the second day.

Serves 4.

(Recipe from The Abundance Diet © 2015 by Somer McCowan. Photo by Ann Oliverio. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press LLC.)

  1. I can eat eggplants…so many eggplants

  2. Tomatoes, cucumbers and kale especially in season. I love veggies!

  3. Any vegetable, especially fresh!

  4. I remember these chickpeas! They were so fun 🙂

  5. Potatoes! I eat potatoes almost every day. Thanks for the opportunity to win 🙂

  6. What a fabulous-sounding cookbook! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. At my house, foods we eat in abundance include carrots, beans, rice, whatever fresh fruit is in season, tomatoes in a variety of forms.

  7. I love Swiss chard and collard greens as well as kale; and I use lentils (several varieties) in as many dishes as possible because they’re so versatile and are among my favorite foods. I borrowed The Abundance Diet from my local library and would lover to have my own copy! Thanks for posting some recipes from the book, and thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I tend to not eat large amounts of any given item. I probably eat pasta most, and salad. This book sounds like it has some tasty recipes. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Love the concept of the book! I like to eat blueberries in abundance!

  10. I like to eat chickpeas in abundance!

  11. I love to eat tomatoes fresh from the garden!

  12. I like to eat strawberries in abundance…..and chocolate

  13. I love to eat legumes in abundance, so am eager to try the BBQ chickpeas — thanks!

  14. I can eat chickpeas all day so this recipe is good for me. And I would love the book!

  15. Another beautiful salad Janet – sounds like an interesting book – it is a shame that healthy food and diet get confused as people seem to often dislike the idea of “diet” and yet I know when I eat good healthy food it makes me feel good.

  16. Tomatoes in season. I only eat them when I can get them fresh and local, so in the late Summer/early Fall I truly eat them in abundance, as it has to tide me over ’til next year!

  17. Since we have an abundance of them in our garden now, I would have to say tomatoes! Potatoes are another favorite!

  18. This book looks great. I could eat potatoes in some form for every meal, I love them so much!!

  19. I eat so much roasted broccoli and cauliflower – LOVE!

  20. At the moment I am eating lots of sweet corn with abundance!

  21. Unfortunately it’s potato chip’s!

  22. Hey Janet. Just came by to see what you’ve been up to and noticed this review — I love Somer’s recipes 🙂 — her cheddar is AMAZING. And these smokey chickpeas sound great too!

  23. Frozen bananas! A nice cool treat on hot summer days.

  24. I love salsa and guacamole. I just can’t get enough of them.

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