In thinking about my 2010 resolutions, a big one is creating more meatless opportunities – it’s not only healthier for us, but the planet, too.  After seeing the movie, Food Inc. over the holidays I am surprised I have not swarn off meat altogether!  Why not start off the first weekday of the week devoid of meat – including turkey, chicken, fish, pork, beef, quail, ostrich and bison (and any other meat product available).    

Of course, I could live on beans, legumes and nuts alone, but my family is a different story.  Last night’s chickpea salad, which I savored and devoured, was barely touched by my toddler son and daughter.  My husband gets a few more fiber points than them, but not many.  Do I have to hide the beans in hummus, dips and soups?  Maybe. 

For a simple Chick Pea Salad, just toss a rinsed and drained can of chick peas (aka garbanzo beans) with a tablespoon of olive oil and one of balsamic vinegar.  Dice up a small juicy red plum tomato and a handful of fresh cilantro and add it to the dressed chick pea mixture.   Add a dash of salt and pepper to your taste.  

Yum….meatless Mondays here we come!  Want to join us?