Friends – we know I have some issues when it comes to all buffalo flavored things.
As in, I want all of the buffalo flavored things.
Now that the husband and I are getting back on track in watching what we eat and taking care of ourselves, we have started doing “Meatless Mondays” again. It can be tricky making it through one when you are absolutely craving something buffalo flavored.
But I’ve taken care of that.
I’ve heard about (and seen) recipes for roasted chickpeas and they always sounded intriguing. God bless the chickpea. Shameless Friends reference.
Well, I decided to kick up the roasted chickpeas a notch and add some buffalo sauce. But obviously that would be a bit messy. So I threw it on a salad. Nothing like some crisp celery and carrots, some blue cheese crumbles, and spicy buffalo sauce to make a salad exciting.
The best thing about this delicious salad? It’s only 5 WW points…so perfect for lunch or a light dinner! The chickpeas are packed with protein – so it leaves you feeling satisfied.
Some other delicious dishes that require no meat? Our favorite – Baked Tacos. Another buffalo favorite – Buffalo Quinoa Cakes. A yummy Veggie Strudel. A warm Lemon Spinach Orzo Soup. A veggie-packed Tortellini and Vegetable Pasta Salad. And a delicious twist on pizza – Shaved Asparagus Pizza.
Roasted Buffalo Chickpea Salad (Serves 4 / 5 WW points)
1 14 oz. can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
8 cups iceberg lettuce
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup Reduced-fat blue cheese crumbles
6 Tbsp. Frank’s Hot Sauce
2 Tbsp. Blue Bonnet Light
4 Tbsp. Fat-free Italian dressing
Extra hot sauce
Heat your oven to 425. Drain and rinse chickpeas and pat dry. Add to a small container and toss with oil, chili powder, cumin and garlic powder. Spread chickpeas on a baking sheet (line with parchment paper or foil to avoid clean-up duty) and bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Let chickpeas cool and assemble your salads.
Each serving gets 2 cups of lettuce and 1 Tbsp. of dressing. (I really just drizzled it on to make sure there was enough of a dressing since the buffalo sauce is added later. I also dotted a little hot sauce over the dressing.) Top lettuce/dressing with 2 Tbsp. blue cheese crumbles and 2 Tbsp. each celery and carrots.
Once your chickpeas have cooled slightly, melt the margarine in a small dish and stir in the hot sauce. Toss with chickpeas to coat and add about 1/4 cup to the middle of each salad.
We only did 2 salads – so I left the roasted chickpeas in an airtight container without the sauce so they wouldn’t get too mushy. They do make a pretty good snack!
Easy, unique, filling and delicious…
What more can you ask for?
Hope y’all have a great weekend!