Monday, August 15, 2022

How to Make Superb Vegan Chickpea Salad

 

superb vegan chickpea salad sandwich

Superb Vegan Chickpea Salad is a refreshing dish that's easy to make, tastes delicious, and is so versatile. Serve this luscious veg bean salad on whole grain bread or bun, scoop it up as a dip for carrots, celery, or slices of red bell peppers, put it into a wrap or pita, or present it as a flavorful topping on a cracker or bed of leafy greens!


vegan chickpea salad as an appetizer



Another name for chickpeas is garbanzo beans. This plant-based ingredient can be purchased in cans or dried (in the bulk section of most markets). Dried beans are less expensive than canned ones, and can be seasoned the way you like them. Canned beans are ever so handy, as they eliminate the need to pre-soak and cook the chickpeas.


For more about cooking beans see Eat Beans: Amazing Plant Protein Powerhouse.



Chickpea salad health benefits are plentiful. I've listed the most outstanding below


1. Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and fiber.


2. Chickpeas are rich in Iron, Zinc, Phosphorus, Manganese, and B vitamins.


3. Health Studies indicate chickpeas may help with weight loss.


4. Chickpeas help with blood sugar control, as the starch in chickpeas is digested slowly resulting in stabilized sugar levels.

 



Make Superb Vegan Chickpea Salad

Often because it is


Colorful and delectable


Easy to make


Wholesome


Rich in veg protein


Perfect for lunch, dinner, or snack time




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Ingredients for Vegan Chickpea Salad


Ingredients:


1-15 ounce can chickpeas (drained but not rinsed) 

2 stalks celery rinsed

1 organic red pepper (rinsed, seeds removed, sliced)

1 medium yellow onion peeled

1 chunk red cabbage (about 1/2 cup) rinsed

2 carrots (scrub don't peel)

¼ chunk large zucchini (scrub don't peel)

1 in. piece fresh ginger (peel removed)

1 clove garlic or garlic powder to taste

½ cup fresh parsley

¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 Tablespoons Tahini

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 



What to do:


1. Use the steel blade of a food processor to gently pulse (chop) ingredients in this order: fresh peeled ginger, fresh parsley, onion, celery, carrots, red cabbage, zucchini, Tahini, Dijon mustard, fresh garlic clove or garlic powder, and lemon juice.

 

2. Put aside 1/3 of the can of chickpeas. Then add the rest of the chickpeas to the food processor and chop them. Pour whole chickpeas into a mixing bowl and empty contents of the food processor into mixing bowl too. 

This method allows some chickpeas to retain their circular shape, and adds eye and taste appeal.

 

3. Season chickpea salad to taste with salt, pepper, and optional dried herbs and spices of your choosing. Some favorites of mine are dried oregano and tarragon.


Note: If you want to add additional ingredients such as raw broccoli, kale, spinach, or radish, add extra lemon juice, tahini, and spices. This recipe can be doubled, and is a colorful dish to bring to a potluck or picnic.


4. Pour mixture into a serving bowl or spread salad on bread or rolls for sandwiches. Serve as an appetizer or dip, or veg protein topping on mixed green salad.

 

Vegan Chickpea Salad tops Green Salad


Feel free to embellish my original ideas. Turn superb vegan chickpea salad into an autumn or winter hearty meal. Blend the mix into cooked rice, millet, or wheat berries, etc. 


If you prefer, mix superb vegan chickpea salad with a cup or two of cooked fusilli, penne, or gluten free quinoa. Then, when you serve it, see eyes light up. Yum, yum, yum. 🙋


Did you know chickpeas are so versatile? They taste great in hummus, casseroles, stews, dahl, curry, falafel, or in a tasty, nutritious greens/bean/grain bowl.




Superb Vegan Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Do you include chickpeas in weekly menu planning? 

 

Do you eat a lot of store bought hummus or make you own? I’d love to know.

 

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Monday, August 1, 2022

How to Save Money this Summer by Conserving Energy at Home

Save Energy Be Eco-friendly at Home




For the past few weeks I've researched sustainable ways to save money and conserve home energy usage. It's been an extremely hot, dry southwestern U.S. summer. 


To start, I examined my current home energy conservation/usage plan. With a few simple adjustments, I am saving money and greening the planet as well. Keep on reading to find out what I did.



The cost of living has shot up, and people are feeling the effects of inflation right now. Many of us are searching for new ways to economize this summer and onwards. 


I encourage you to look below for tips that show you frugal, eco-friendly energy saving techniques to use this summer at home.



Use green home cooling methods 
before resorting to air 
conditioning

Green Cooling Methods for Summer at Home


Employ passive ventilation methods in the early morning or later in the evening by opening doors, windows, skylights, vents, louvres, and other openings. 


Let fresh air flow into and through your home for cooling, to remove moisture, and get rid of airborne pollutants.


Close windows and draw room darkening shades, curtains, or blinds, especially during peak hours of sunshine.


Opaque or insulated window coverings help block out the sun’s heat, makes it easier to keep your room cool, and reduces the need for fossil fuel used with air conditioning (therefore reducing utility bills).

Room Darkening Drapes to Cool Home in Summer


Set your ceiling fan to run counterclockwise on a fast setting in the summer to push the cold air down. 

When you turn on a ceiling fan, it creates a “wind-chill effect” that helps you feel more comfortable indoors.



Make sure to turn the fan off, before you leave the room.



For tips about how to select and install an energy efficient ceiling fan read this post.


Set air conditioning thermostat as 
high as 
comfortable


According to results from the 2020 Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 88% of U.S. households use air conditioning (AC) to cool their homes.


This makes AC the biggest summer electric energy drain in most households. 


Keep your air conditioning system working in tip top shape. Schedule an AC unit tune-up each year, change filter often, and make necessary repairs as soon as they are needed. 



When AC is on, for every degree you lower the temperature, your energy consumption will increase by about six percent. So, it’s important to find a balance between comfort and power usage.



Keep thermostat AC temperature as high as comfortable (approximately 78 degrees Fahrenheit), and use a fan to circulate the cool air. A slight reduction in energy use can maintain comfort as well as save money.



Program your thermostat to turn off, when you’re not home. There’s no need to keep your home cooler than necessary when nobody is there to enjoy it!


Conserve water, a finite natural 
resource


Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator. This beats running tap water to cool it for drinking. This measure saves 200 to 300 gallons of water a month. 



The water that comes out of faucets in your home or apartment accounts for more than
15 % of your total indoor water use or 1 trillion gallons of water across America each year. That's why it's so important to fix all leaking faucets ASAP.  



The aerator tip of the faucet determines the maximum flow rate of the faucet. If you have an older kitchen faucet, consider getting an inexpensive new, water-effective one. Do the same for your bathroom faucets and shower heads too.



When preparing fruits and veggies, refrain from using running water to clean them. Instead, fill the sink or a large bowl with water and immerse produce to clean. 



Afterward, water can go to watering plants in your garden and cuttings can be dumped on your compost pile. This can save 150 to 250 gallons of water per month. See Water Conservation Tips to Save Money and Green Daily Living for additional ideas.



Update lighting to save money and energy 


Use daylight to naturally light your home whenever possible

Traditional incandescent light bulbs use the most electricity, and must be replaced more often than their energy efficient alternatives. 



Halogen incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), and light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) use anywhere from 25-80 percent less electricity and last 3 to 25 times longer than traditional bulbs.

Energy Efficient Lights Conserve Energy at Home



Make the switch to energy-efficient lighting, and get the same amount of light for less money


Lighting accounts for 15% of an average home's electricity use. When that household uses LED lighting, it saves approximately $225 in energy costs per year.



Although energy efficient bulbs are more expensive off the shelf, efficient energy use and longer lifetimes means that the cost is less in the long run.



While you're at it, install solar-powered outdoor lights instead of electric. They are inexpensive and a greener source of energy.

Be mindful about your energy
 usage choices



Run the dishwasher only when it's full. Use the eco-setting, if your dishwasher has one.


Operate your washing machine at times when you have a full load of clothes. 


Except for the dirtiest of loads, wash clothes in cold water.


Set your refrigerator temperature between 37-40 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer between 0 and 5. 

Refrigerators and freezers operate most efficiently when full. Keep refrigerator and freezer full, even if you have to use water bottles to take up empty space. 



Just be careful about overfilling these appliances, as this will restrict airflow and cause the motors to work harder.


Check refrigerator and freezer doors and note whether doors are sealed tightly. One rule of thumb is if a dollar bill shut in the door is easy to pull out, it’s time to replace the gasket.

Your clothes dryer is one of the largest energy guzzlers in the home, often consuming as much power as a new refrigerator, dishwasher, and clothes washer combined. 

Summertime is a good time to air-dry clothing when possible. If you have to use your machine, be sure to clean the lint filter after each use, use the auto-dry or moisture-sensor setting, and don't add wet items to a load that's already partially dry.

note: This post does not discuss major home renovations including converting from electric or gas to whole house solar power, upgrading all appliances to energy star equipment, replacing conventional windows with triple pane windows, new roofing, etc. Its purpose is to show inexpensive ways to save big.

Find new ways to be thrifty and live more sustainably. One way I've found to do that is to check with my utility company, and get a discount for using energy only in off-peak hours

I run my washing machine, dishwasher, and dryer only during off peak hours and reap monetary and eco-rewards (the grid is not taxed at its most vulnerable times). I encourage you to see whether your utility company offers a plan that reduces the price you pay for home energy too.

Adopt those energy conservation methods that resonate with you to save money and help reduce your carbon footprint this summer and beyond. 

What are you doing to conserve natural resources, save money, and simplify living? 

Please explain in the comments section below.

Have you used any of the methods outlined above? 

What other things are you doing to green living?

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