Honey Dijon Chickpea Salad

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. I’m a huge fan of their fun flavors, which you can check out on their website, Facebook, and Instagram.

I love being able to take the typical non-vegetarian recipe and making changes to make it vegetarian friendly. One of the things I had a craving for was a chicken salad sandwich. I thought about the creamy mayo, the added sweetness of grapes, and then something to add a little bit of crunch.

My brain started churning and the following recipe was created. I have used chickpeas in place of chicken before and knew they would probably work well. The mayo and grapes were the easy part, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted for the crunch. Then I remembered I had the following Blue Diamond almonds in my cupboard.

Honey Dijon Chickpea Salad by Brooke: Not On a Diet

These Honey Dijon Blue Diamond Almonds are delicious on their own and ended up being exactly what I needed for my chickpea salad. Great flavor and crunch!

Honey Dijon Chickpea Salad by Brooke: Not On a Diet

Honey Dijon Chickpea Salad
Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 can (15oz) of chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1/2 cup mayo (I use Hellmann’s with olive oil)
2 tablespoons mustard
1/4 cup Blue Diamond Honey Dijon Almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup grapes, sliced
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

In a bowl, mash-up your chickpeas, leaving some whole with a fork. Add mayo & mustard, mixing well. Stir in almonds & grapes. Serve on bread, in a lettuce leaf, or eat it plain. All ways are delicious!

This was such a quick and easy recipe! I had it for lunch in romaine lettuce leaves and Mr. B enjoyed it on top of a salad. He was surprised at how much it tasted like chicken salad.

I’m calling it a win! ;)

What’s your favorite easy go-to lunch idea?

Scenes from the Weekend

I love weekends away. Especially ones that involve visiting far away family, delicious eats, lots of laughs, and a cute baby.

Mr. B and I made our way to Jacksonville, Florida over the weekend to visit his cousin, wife, and their newly born son. This weekend was his baptism and we were asked to be his godparents. I guess that makes Mr. B the Godfather and me the Fairy Godmother. ;)

We flew down on Friday evening, arriving rather late. So, we made our way to a bar we had visited the last time we were there to catch the last of the Blackhawks game and grab some grub. Kickbacks was the name of the place and they have a great and fun menu, including a things like Hamburger Helper and PB & J sandwiches. They also have quite a few beers on tap. Perfect qualifications for us!

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After some sleep, we headed over to meet Bronson & deliver the baby blanket I had been working on for ages. (And finished minutes before we had to leave on our flight)

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We got our baby snuggles in with the little guy and had a tasty breakfast that Kayleigh made us. She made grits, which were quite delicious! I should have asked her what her secrets were, because mine never turn out that well!

John and Kayleigh had a fun and relaxing day planned for us on Saturday. We headed to the Riverside Arts Market, which was great. I loved seeing all the different arts and crafts. One of my favorite stands was from Fresh Jax. They had all sorts of spice blends,sauces, and vegan goodies. I’m a total sucker for anything cooking related and picked up some great looking spices.

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The nice thing is they also have an online store! So, if we find ourselves in love with any of the things we got, we can order more! We also enjoyed the beautiful weather and some live music at the market.

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We then headed to Blue Fish a restaurant that Mr. B and I discovered last year. They serve raw oysters and other delicious foods, so we went there for a light lunch. We also stopped at one of Kayleigh’s favorite cupcake spots, Sivada Cupcakes. I got the banana pudding one which was amazingly delicious!

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John is in the Navy, so he took us for a tour around the base. It was my first time on a base, so I had no idea that they are like a mini-city inside the gates. We also walked around and looked at some planes they had on display. Bronson got to fly around like a plane as well. ;)

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Saturday evening was spent hanging out at John & Kayleigh’s where we had a bon-fire and played a card game. It was nice to just hang out and get time with them. It was a late night, followed by an early morning for the baptism.

Mr. B & I put on our Sunday best and headed to church. Bronson was a champ and didn’t fuss too much, I didn’t catch anything on fire when handed the candle, and Mr. B didn’t drop the faith chest. So, I would say it was a great success! ;)

There was a little get together after the service, where Bronson was promptly changed into his Blackhawks onesie we got him for game 3 of the playoffs. Broson and Mr. B both enjoyed the game and celebrated a win. Not gonna lie, my heart was pretty much mush seeing this.

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Sunday evening involved more family time, another card game, and not enough baby snuggles. We said our goodbyes and headed back to our hotel. Mr. B and I were both a little down to leave, as we really had a good time with everyone. We will see them soon enough and have already talked about starting a savings fund to visit John, Kayleigh, & Bronson while they are stationed in Spain over the next few years.

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Yesterday was a long travel day, including a 4 hour layover in Atlanta. I made sure not to sit on my butt the entire time and walked the terminal while Mr. B did some work. I hit my step goal and also picked up a new book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I posted about it on my Instagram and got an over whelming response that it is a great read. I’ll be sure to let you all know what I think. :)

Today it is back to reality and I must get off here to head to the grocery store!

How was your weekend?

Have you read the above mentioned book?

Switching Focus

Lately I have been feeling pretty frustrated with how things are going in the way of weight loss. I have been tracking, eating well, working out, and all those good things that should add up to weight loss on the scale.

Yet, the scale won’t budge. I continue to bounce between 170-172 from week to week.

And I’m over it.

Part of me just wants to be a ‘normal’ person. Someone who doesn’t have to put so much thought into what is going in my mouth, what it is worth, and how it fits into my daily budget. I just want to be able to eat foods I enjoy until satisfaction and keep the indulgences in check. I know that being someone who has had an unhealthy relationship with food before, it is difficult to work towards that mindset. I can say that things are MUCH better now than they were when I started this journey.

I want to take it further though, I need to start switching my focus.

For me, that means switching my focus on what my is worth to how it makes me feel. I’ve paid some attention to this over the last six years, but never the main focus in my journey.

For me right now, it is what needs to happen. My brain is burnt out from constantly thinking about what my food is worth.

I need to learn how to trust myself with food. Now, I know that this needs to look different from what I did much of last year which caused the weight gain. That was mindlessly trusting myself with food and not keeping the indulgences in check.

So, here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to continue to write down what I’m eating, as it keeps me accountable and in check. I’ve never had an issue with writing down what I am eating. I won’t be keeping track of anything about what the food is worth (PointPlus or calorie wise), but I’ll be writing down how it makes me feel both physically and mentally.

What is keeping me satisfied, what is making me feel icky after I eat it, what am I eating mindlessly. All those things are important to me and I feel will help me work towards the point of trusting myself and proving that I can have a more normal relationship with food.

I’m still going to continue to be active. I’m still doing the 21 Day Fix workouts as well as getting outside and walking. Activity makes me feel good and I love feeling stronger!

I’m also going to not step on the scale for a while. I do need to do my DietBet weigh out, but after that, I want to stay off until May 1st. Currently I’m SO focused on seeing that number go down, that when it doesn’t, I get mad. Not good for the mental state.

I’ll be focusing on those NSVs (non-scale victories) and setting goals not related to the number. I’ve given up the scale before and it really helped. I KNOW that all of this stuff is more important than the scale and I just need to focus on that again.

I’ve actually done this the last couple of days and am finding it to be awesome. I write down what I eat, then how it made me feel, how filling it was, etc. I also write down the activity I do and how I feel about that. Then I rate the day and write down some positive things that happened.

Will this work forever, I don’t know. But for me right now it is working and I will continue to do it until it doesn’t work for me anymore.

Do you ever just feel burnt out and need a change?

What have you switched focus on lately?