This is my new favorite lunch. It's simple, part of it can be made ahead of time, and it's such a feel good dish.
I've really been making a conscious effort to eat better lately. Every time I say that, I make a disclaimer that me trying to be healthy does not mean that I deny myself any of the epicurean pleasures in life. And it's still true. This salad is the quintessential example of this though. It's so good for you, but it's super delicious and does not taste like a denial meal at all. That being said, I am someone that loves vegetables and bright, colorful foods and that is why I love this dish. This isn't the type of meal that will trick your tastebuds into thinking you're enjoying a honking huge burger. It's meant to be healthy, meant to taste healthy, but still be delicious.
Honestly, if you're not keen on healthy eating, it's likely because you're not used to it. I thank the stars that mum forced vegetables into our diet constantly because it means that I crave them and a meal without veg makes me feel sad and sick. That being said, the human body is meant to live on a balanced diet and I think that the more you eat good food, the more your body will crave it and your mind will crave it too because you'll learn how good it makes you feel.
Okay, let me hop off of my soap box (especially because my next queued post is steak frites, which is basically a lard bomb of a meal) and let's get onto the recipe, shall we?
1 cup dried chickpeas
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 lbs. sweet potatoes
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons + 1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons + 1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon + ½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon + ½ teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons + 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon + ½ teaspoon crushed pepper flakes
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon ground mustard
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
+ 4 cups arugula
+ 8 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
+ 2 oz. feta, crumbled
+ ¼ cup dried cranberries
I like to keep vegetarian for breakfast and lunch (it's just something I like to do for my conscience and my body) and this totally filled me up. But if you think you need a little more protein, grilled chicken would be amazing on top of this. And if you think you need some more carbs, a little orzo or quinoa would be delicious.