You guys, this green olive and smashed chickpea spread seriously makes the most satisfying lunch!
Around here, by the time it gets to lunch, I am usually ready to eat someone’s arm. Although breakfast tends to be my favourite meal of the day (see here and here), it takes me so long to ‘wake-up’ and be ready to eat, that we are usually heading on our adventure for the day when my belly is finally ready. So I nibble, and make up for it at lunch.
I have noticed smashed chickpeas on a lot of menus lately, but I figured the kids wouldn’t eat them, and as they tend to share our food, I never order them (I don't like to have to do the whole
bribing cajoling them to eat lunch thing in public). So today, my toddler once again requested peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. I took this as my opportunity to make something new for myself, as they were happily munching down their PB.
Can I just say YUM! This Green Olive and Smashed Chickpea Spread is my new favourite lunch (it changes often 🙂 ). Packed full of protein and so, so filling. Seriously, I had one salad and smashed chickpea sandwich, and I was full to bursting. And I eat a lot.
Oh and be sure to try it on the kids. I didn’t offer it to mine, as I assumed it wouldn’t be well received….of course they both wanted some, and the littlest ended up eating it by the spoonful! It's super quick to put together as well, which is quite handy when the lunch time rush rolls around, and everyone is acting all starved and crazy.
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Green Olive and Smashed Chickpea Spread
- 1 can chickpeas drained
- 1/4 cup green olives pitted and finely chopped
- 1/2 small red onion finely chopped
- 1/2 tomato finely chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a small bowl mash the chickpeas with the back of a fork, or a potato masher. Chickpeas should be quite smooth, with a few chunky bits left in there
- Add in all other ingredients, and mix well to combine
- Serve in a sandwich or wrap, stuffed into an endive or lettuce leaf, or even as a dip with some crackers