Where Are The Chickpeas?

May 27, 2008

Lemony Chickpea, Feta + Couscous Salad


But wait….where are the chickpeas? Turns out I totally forgot about them and left them out! But the salad was still delicious.

In the bowl:dsc00023.JPG

  • 1 box Harris Teeter Parmesan Whole Wheat Couscous, cooked
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, deseeded + chopped
  • 2 small sticks celery, chopped
  • ~5 oz block of feta cheese
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Can of chickpeas – whoops!

Makes 3 servings. Without the chickpeas, this salad came about to about 325 kcal per serving. Add about 110 kcal for the bean version.

My dinner to go:

I had it eat it while reading up on our chem lab that I had 15 minutes to learn. Not the ideal eating situation!


Plus crackers (which I ate half of and finished after lab – I was hungry in lab but it went away around 7:30.)




For evening snacks I made these healthy Morning Glory Muffins. I halved the recipe (which made 8 muffins), used all whole wheat pastry flour and swapped the nuts and fruit in theirs for 1/2 a cup of Trader Joe’s Antioxidant Mix (raisins, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, all dried, plus slivered almonds) plus about 6 apricot halves. And I used egg whites in place of an egg.

Going into the oven –


Once out!

Made 8 muffins, each about 150 kcal, 4 grams fiber and 4 grams protein.


Snack – it was great!! Kind of a cross between a banana nut muffin and a LaraBar!


I packed more pineapple but since I didn’t get to snack until after lab at 8:45 I chose my emergency apple instead, which was much easier to eat in the car driving home.


And finally………………

THE HUSBAND FOUND …….AND KILLED……...THE ROACH!! But strangely not until I came home. Guess he just didn’t look hard enough earlier 😉

I’ve got to get up for an early workout tomorrow and take my MIL to the dentist for a tooth procedure. G’night!

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1 Becca May 27, 2008 at 8:49 pm

The muffins look like they will be a great snack!

At least he got the icky roach!


2 Chelsea May 27, 2008 at 8:56 pm

I made a salad very similar to this last week. It had black beans and hearts of palm too-YUM =D


3 VeggieGirl May 27, 2008 at 9:13 pm

Haha, too funny that you forgot the chickpeas; but thankfully the salad was still delicious!

Mmm, those Morning Glory muffins sound absolutely delightful – yum!

Thank goodness that damn roach is dead!! Whoo hoo!! :0D


4 Laura May 27, 2008 at 9:23 pm

Have you tried Fiber One’s recipe for Morning Glory Muffins? They sound a bit different than the ones you made. They are outstanding warmed up for breakfast with a little bit of almond butter on top!


5 Laurel May 27, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Ew I hate roaches too.

Does anyone jump rope for a cardio workout? I recently started and really like it, except for the pain in my shins and thighs I feel afterwards. My sneakers need to be replaced but other than that–should I be aching like this? I jumped rope for ~35 minutes today (alternating slower skips with fast jumps and sweated buckets).


6 Ashley May 27, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Hi Kath, those muffins look great! I just bought a new cookbook by King Arthur Flour called Whole Grain Baking. Everything ihave made out of it has been fabulouis not to mention whole grain. I thought yoiu would definitly be interested so check it out! 😉


7 TinaR May 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Hey all!

I was wondering if anyone wears and can comment on Brooks running shoes. Specifically, I’m interested in purchasing the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 8 shoes. I am a distance runner so I need durable, cushioned shoes. I’ve been having some foot pain in my Asics. Any comments/opinions would be appreciated!



8 Erin May 27, 2008 at 11:19 pm


I had the Ariels and liked them a lot, but prefer Asics overall I think. It just depends on where you need support – the Brooks seemed to give me more support toward the ball of my foot, and the comparable Asics I tried seemed to give me more support further back toward my heel.


9 Kiala May 27, 2008 at 11:38 pm

I can’t believe Veggie Girl said damn.



10 Liz H. May 27, 2008 at 11:43 pm

I am curious if any of you have had iron deficient anemia in the past? I just got my blood work back and have a severe iron deficiency (which could explain why I feel like crap!). I was put on supplements but was told I have to change my diet to be very conscious I am still getting enough. I have a list of iron rich foods (heme and non-heme) but was wondering if anyone has thought of some iron rich meals/snacks if you have been anemic in the past?


11 Richelle May 28, 2008 at 1:02 am

Eek roaches are such pests! But at least your non-chickpea couscous salad looks outrageous!


12 Cassie May 28, 2008 at 4:36 am

yummy muffins! Glad the roach is dead i would have freaked if that happened to me.


13 Sidi May 28, 2008 at 5:45 am

Good for you Kath! Was it the only one? Hope so… :)


14 Katie May 28, 2008 at 6:43 am

Haha, oops for leaving out the chickepeas, but you are so right, it looks delicious anyway! I love couscous with almost anything. Glad that pesky roach is gone. :::shiver:::


15 Justy2003 May 28, 2008 at 8:02 am

I have had a couple pairs of Brooks and they’ve lasted me pretty well! I haven’t had any problems with them. I’m not exactly sure which ones I’ve had…my boyfriend always picked them out because he used to work at a shoe store that sold them. He was also a cross country runner and also was trained on Brooks products and recommended them to others (as well as using them himself), so I’d say they’re a good shoe! I’d recommend going to a shoe store where they know what they’re talking about and can give you a shoe based on your stride and where your foot hits the ground.


16 TinaR May 28, 2008 at 10:09 am

Thanks Erin and Justy!


17 Kath May 28, 2008 at 10:37 am

Laurel ,
I used to jump rope but haven’t as much since my foot surgery. 35 minutes is a long time to put that kind of stress on your joints. Maybe cut back the time a little and see if they feel better? I wouldn’t continue to jump if it’s really hurting you in fear you’d get an injury from overuse.

Ashley ,
I’ve heard of that book – I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m in a bookstore. Thanks :)



18 JJ125 May 28, 2008 at 11:04 am

Liz H- I have an iron deficiency too. From what I understand it usually is genetic, both my mom and my aunt have one too. I take an iron supplement once per day and that really has helped, even during that time of the month when you are losing blood and anemics tend to feel worse. I would just say give it time for your body to adjust to the supplement and make sure to eat lots of foods on your list.


19 Laura May 29, 2008 at 1:07 am

That roach story had me shivering. So scary!
These muffins look so good. I want to thank you for your wonderful blogging. I’m very inspired. I even eat oatmeal and enjoy it now thanks to your blog. Keep up the good work!


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