Chickpea salad

My sincere apologies to all my readers and followers for a long silence. As I mentioned earlier also, in the army life is full of uncertainties....sudden change is part of our life .....with time we all get used to it and by taking it positively we really enjoy the upcoming challenges and leave everything to almighty ....with God grace this time we moved to city of joy (Kolkatta ) in West Bengal . Being a first time visitor I was very exited and enthusiastic ...New city,new culture , new cuisine and very positive people indeed, This city is full of joy and josh . 
Before I share my experiences of West Bengal  I wanted to share my healthy recipes as I promised earlier ....initially I was also in doubt ....to follow or not to follow the prescribed diet. As you all know that the Internet is loaded with diet plans and I have tried almost all of them...though I lost also few kg but gained it back in few months after I stopped or complete the plan .
I realised that diet food is very boring to accept in our daily life ....whatever diet plan I used to follow earlier was possible to follow only for few days ....so this time I thought I must learn the science behind this and I found it is basically poor metabolism, lack of exercise and eating habits ....in my case and it may differ from person to person. So to make it interesting I gave tasty twists to that boring diet plan and followed it religiously.  After few months of struggle I experienced the happiest moment of my life .....my size changed  from XXL to LARGE and all this happened because of my nutritionist ...she taught me how to maintain without starving ..
Today I will start with a new series of healthy salads. Vegetables in salads are good source of insoluble fibre which keeps your gut healthy . Good healthy Salad consists of fibre,protein and pack of antioxidants  Many salad basics, including tomatoes, sweet peppers and the greens, are chock-full of antioxidants. The greens alone have calcium, iron, potassium and B vitamins.

First in series is my favourite protein rich chickpea salad ....



For CHICKPEA SALAD we require 

For the salad:
1 cup of chickpeas, soaked and boiled 
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 small red onion, chopped
15 small tomatoes, halved (about 1 cup)
1/3 cup pitted olives
1 medium cucumber, sliced and quartered

For the dressing:
1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Place all salad ingredients into a large bowl and toss to combine.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and oregano. Pour onto salad and toss again to well combine. Taste and add salt and pepper as you like.
3. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour to marinate, or serve immediately. 
   


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