Avocado-Chickpea Lettuce Wraps and Having a Bit of Faith [VEGAN RECIPE]
Good Morning Everyone!
How are you today? Are you doing well? Today I want to talk about faith. I’m not going to get all religious on you, I promise. No, I want to talk about the scale. That dreaded little thing in our bathrooms and why we don’t need to fear it. For the past few days I have been working out hard. I’m doing yoga in the morning and a HIIT workout at night. Mr. Noob Chef and I are sweating it out and collapsing into bed afterward with achy muscles and sore joints. But you know what? It feels good. But again, that’s not the point of this blog post.
I stepped onto the scale this morning and saw that I gained 1 pound. Normally I would have been mentally kicking myself from here to next Sunday and thinking about every little thing I ate over the last 24 hours. But you know what? This time I didn’t. In fact, I felt relieved. Why? Because this is me today. In this moment, this is my weight. I know that I’m eating healthier then I ever have in my whole life. I’m working out to the point where sweat is dripping down my body, and in the end… that is enough. I want that to be enough for you too.
When we replace fear with faith, we find peace and solace. Faith can come in many forms. Maybe you believe in God, or maybe you don’t. Maybe you pray to Jesus, Allah, Jehovah, Buddha, whatever… or maybe you don’t. Maybe faith, for you is simply a peace of mind in knowing that it will be what it will be. That’s okay too! My point is, when we place our trust in faith, that who we are right now is where we are supposed to be, only then can we be at peace with ourselves. Life isn’t about hanging up a pair of skinny jeans on the wall as motivation. Instead, love yourself. No, really. Love yourself! Love the way your body is, because you know what? It’s yours! You’re alive to share yourself with the world! Curves and all, you are here!! That, my dear friends, is a beautiful thing.
So I gained a pound. Maybe it’s water weight. Maybe it’s muscle. Heck, maybe it’s from that rice and tofu dish I ate for lunch yesterday! I don’t know. Truthfully, I really don’t care. Because I know that today I’ll be working out again being thankful to have another day to use my body in a way that keeps me healthy. A number is simply a number. My back isn’t hurting and for that I’m thankful. I didn’t know that I could do 20 minutes of a HIIT workout. But I can, and for that… I’m thankful. I know and put faith in, that where I am in this journey is where I’m supposed to be. I don’t know what the future holds, but I don’t really need to worry about it either. All I need to focus on is today. Love yourself and let go of those unnecessary worries, because you’re worth it my friends.
And now, let’s look at today’s recipe.
There is nothing complicated or crazy about these wraps. Just smash some canned chickpeas and avocados together and watch it all blend in perfect harmony. Trust… in the fact that this dinner (or lunch!) is simple, to the point, and has your health in mind. These wraps are surprisingly filling too! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Until next time everyone, keep on cooking! ❤
Avocado-Chickpea Lettuce Wraps
Yields: 4 wraps
- 1 can reduced sodium chickpeas, drained
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded
- 2 stalked celery, finely chopped
- 2 green onions, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 Boston lettuce leaves
- Alfalfa sprouts
- sliced bell peppers
- Pour drained chickpeas into a medium bowl. Mash the chickpeas until about ½ of the way mashed with some chunky peas mixed in.
- Add in the avocado and continue mashing until well mixed and a consistency to your liking. We left ours with quite a few chickpeas chunks to give it the feel of traditional egg salad.
- Add celery, onions and lemon juice and stir until mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Divide salad mix into 4 servings and spoon each serving into a lettuce leaf. Top with desired toppings and enjoy!