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Savory Snack Mix

We make this tasty baked snack mix on a regular basis, using chickpeas, herbs, spices, a hint of parmesan cheese, and ProteinUp flatbread for a midday nosh.
Make Extra! Double the recipe to prep extra snacks for the week. Just make sure to store in an airtight container. Thanks, Amy!

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Crunchy Chopped Salad Wrap with Shrimp

After a few cold, gray months with (or without) snow, the weather really starts to get to me. Everyone around the city is pale like the sky, and when the sun does come out, it almost hurts the eyes. I know I’m not alone; I see people looking up at the brightness, squinting like hibernating bears at that bright foreign object above them. After a couple weeks or more without sun, you’re just not used to it. Thank goodness spring is coming!

If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere chronically sunny, then you have no idea, but the midwest can be tough in the winter. Here in our house, we veg out more, we sleep later, and our diets can reflect all those bad habits too. This winter, however, I’ve tried to combat it. I bought one of those LED sun lamps, so we can use it for about half an hour a day, to get more light. I’m trying to eat better than I normally would. And you know what? That really has helped. Eating fresh food I make at home, where I can control the portions, the salts, the fats, and the sugars is so rewarding in the long run.

So let’s talk about food! This flatbread wrap is one of my winter blues favorites. It’s a chopped salad with shrimp and lots of crispy, crunchy herbs and vegetables.

This makes the perfect work lunch too. This flatbread wrap keeps me awake, sunny, and light on your feet, ready to seize the day. And I can’t think of a better tasting way to do it, either.

-Amy at Flatout

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Spiced Chickpea Wrap

Garbanzo, chickpea, either way you were raised to say it, these little fiber packed legumes are worth their weight in gold, when it comes to flavor. I prefer to say ‘chickpea’ because after all, they really do look like little baby chick heads up close. Cute and delicious.

For a couple years now, I’ve been cooking my own chickpeas using bags of dried peas I find easily at a nearby Middle Eastern market. Doing it this way saves a lot of money, in the long run, but it is also healthier, because the beans I make myself are sodium free. I simply soak 1-2 cups of dried peas overnight in a big pot of water, drain them, then add about a teaspoon of baking soda to the fresh water when I cook them in order to soften them up even more. The baking soda really works wonders!

I think it’s better in general to limit the amount of canned food one eats, and often canned beans have a lot more sodium in them than you want, as well. But if you’re in a hurry or just don’t have the patience to cook your own, don’t skip over this recipe, just use canned. Your body will be happy that you’re enjoying a plant-based meal this week!

This is one of those quick to assemble recipes that costs very little to make, too, while still keeping lunch interesting. I saw a chickpea salad bowl at a swank café in my neighborhood for $10, so think of the money you could save by making your own food every week, instead of eating out: $50/week, $200/month, $2400/year…let that figure sink into the ol’garbanzo. Making your own lunch is worth it; I firmly believe that there’s no such thing as an exquisite grab it and go work lunch except, of course, the ones you make yourself. All you need is a little time and baking soda.

-Amy at Flatout

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Rustic Chickpea Spread with Flatbread Parmesan Crisps

Every month I have been trying to incorporate a dip recipe into the mix, so I have the excuse to bake up a bunch of flatbread chips in the oven, each batch flavored a different way. We are great noshers in our household. In fact, I think my better half, before we met, ate most of his meals standing up at the counter with the refrigerator door wide open, for light…when we met we had snacking in common, so we both love and appreciate the versatility (and low carb count) of flatbread chips. Season them, squirt some lime juice on them, bake them. Perfect for healthy snacking.

This simple chickpea spread is perfect to make in a hurry when you have the munchies and need some protein. It’s a dip that works perfectly with the richness of the parmesan cheese baked onto the flatbread chips, and gives a nice Italian flavor to the whole affair, too.
You’re gonna love it!

Amy at Flatout

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Antipasto Wrap

If you need a little extra zip in the flavor department, look no further than this flatbread recipe! A veritable rainbow of color and taste in each bite, the antipasto wrap uses bold turkey salami and a savory, Italian style chopped salad that’s guaranteed to please.

Last weekend, my better half and I were visiting a friend who had moved to a part of the city we weren’t terribly familiar with. We decided to take a walk and do a little exploring together, and soon enough we found a side street where there was a very small Italian festival happening.

That’s one of the great things about my city; in the summertime, there are way too many fun festivals to attend! You simply cannot keep up! In addition to all the big obvious ones happening, each little neighborhood and street has their own little party, too. There just happened to be a tiny, two block row of Italian restaurants in my friend’s neighborhood celebrating…Italian food, of course. Rows of tables covered with red and white checked tablecloths, a dozen or so fake marble statues of David, and the best Italian street food you could imagine. Fried artichokes, eggplant, arancini, all kinds of delicious stuff being served in paper cups at every booth. Oh, and there isn’t even enough space here to describe all the flavors of gelato they had!

It had been so long since I’d had proper Italian food, eating at this street fest got me in the mood later in the week. I decided to make a healthier wrap using some of my favorite Italian ingredients. After all, I have to wait a whole year for this little festival to happen, so I’d need to find something to tide myself over until then.

Luckily, I think this wrap will fit the bill nicely. I hope you’ll try it! Ahhh, antipasto!

-Amy at Flatout

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