This recipe couldn’t be simpler and it couldn’t sound yummier. Let’s all thank Treehugger for bringing us the smashed chickpea and avocado salad sandwich! I’ve been really into avocado toast lately, at home and at a few restaurants in Manhattan. At home, I just plop some avocado on a pumpernickel bagel and sprinkle a little lemon and sea salt on top. But dang, adding chickpeas? GENIUS! And super healthy, right?
I kind of want this right now but I’m kind of at my office desk and if I start smashing chickpeas, my coworkers will think I’m a weirdo. They already think I’m pretty odd after yesterday, when I informed them I’m on the NYC pigeon rescue street brigade.
Fresh ‘N Lean: Yummy organic vegan meals delivered to your door! Plus, 20 percent off for Vegansaurs! »
First, a big whopping disclaimer: I am affiliated with Fresh ‘N Lean. It didn’t start out that way—I was just an unsuspecting lover of their maple-sweet homemade granola, gluten-free vegan lasagna, hearty chickpea Asian salads and savory lentil soup.
Then they asked me to write for their blog in exchange for an ongoing weekly supply of their incredibly delicious plant-source only food—how could I say no to that offer, right? [Ed. note: how can I be down?!]
Months later, I’m still one of Fresh ‘N Lean’s biggest fans. And since it’s vegan and delicious, I thought the Vegansaurus audience would be interested. The concept behind Fresh ‘N Lean meals is that lots of people who want to eat healthfully are just too damn busy. Blame it on the Capitalist Man, or maybe your crazy travel schedule as a hydroponic saleswoman, but most of us really can benefit from someone else doing the cooking, at least once in a while. Though the Bay Area is super great in terms of options for the vegan on the go, it can get expensive. Fresh ‘N Lean is priced to be cheaper than healthful vegan takeout, so it’s pretty cost-effective to sign up to get a few meals a week from them (or a whole week, if that’s your thing!).
Fresh ‘N Lean is totally vegan. The food tastes good, but doesn’t have tons of added salt, sugar, or anything like that„ so it works really well for people with preventable diet-related lifestyle diseases. I worked at a raw vegan retreat center where many guests were into the idea of eating vegan food, but once they got home were like, “What the what do I eat?” This is a cool option because while it’s not all raw, it is all fresh and good for our heart-attack-recovery celebrity friends (Hi, Rosie!) and neighbors.
Besides being yummy, Fresh ‘N Lean meals are gluten-free, corn-free, non-GMO, organic, and, like I said, vegan. My favorite dishes include the chia porridge breakfast, signature green bean salad, gluten-free vegan mac’n cheese, and all of the quinoa vegetable medleys. If you’re trying to get friends and family members into healthy vegan food, this might be a great gift. My brother, already vegan, owns a film studio, and I gifted him a weekly plan to help him feed himself when he’s so busy on set.
Fresh ‘N Lean is based in L.A. and ships nationwide.
SPECIAL DEAL for Vegansaurus readers: Use the code “vegansaurus” to get 20 percent off your order!
[Photos via Fresh ‘N Lean]