Foodie Friday + Last Day to Enter!

Good morning! Today is the LAST day to enter the drawing for your very own copy of Heidi Swanson’s newly released “Super Natural Every Day” Cookbook. Click the button below to enter (remember – 3 ways to enter!!)

I thought it only appropriate to choose today’s Foodie Friday recipe from the actual book. I don’t know about you but as a working woman on-the-go…all the time…I often find myself scrambling for light, healthy lunch ideas. I work at a school and am very lucky to work at a school that strives to serve a somewhat healthy variety of food. Sometimes I find a healthy lunch here, but most of the time I try to bring my lunch. Jay and I both have found ourselves eating more and more vegetarian options as of late, but as far as my recipe collection goes, it’s pretty skimpy in the delicious lunch items realm. If that makes any sense at all…

So flipping through this beautiful cookbook {not even kidding…the photography in this book is AMAZING!} I stumbled on a delicious lunch salad that I wanted to share:

Chickpea & Dandelion

Chickpeas & Dandelion Greens
w/ Red Pepper Flakes & Hot Olive Oil Dressing

Ingredients

2 C {10oz} cooked Chickpeas or 1 can of Chickpeas {rinsed/drained}
3 T Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic {finely chopped}
1/2 t Red Pepper Flakes
Fine-grain Sea Salt
3 or 4 Handfuls of Young Dandelion Greens {stems trimmed}
Grated Zest of 1 Lemon

Delicious!

Directions

– Put chickpeas in a medium bowl
– Using a large skillet – while it’s cold –  add olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and 2 big pinches of salt
– Stir over medium heat until garlic starts to sizzle, it should NOT begin to brown
– Toss the dandelion greens into the skillet and stir until they begin to wilt
– Stir in the lemon zest

– Pour greens over chickpeas and toss. Taste and add salt as needed.
– Transfer to platter and serve warm or at room temperature.

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My friend, Nicole, and I visited the Matthews Farmers’ Market last weekend. Farmers are required to grow or produce their goods within a 50 mile radius of the Town of Matthews in order to sell in the market, so everything is legit locally grown. There was a CUTE elderly couple with the most beautiful romaine lettuce I have seen in a long time and they had a basket full of dandelion greens, so I’ll have to go visit them again tomorrow morning so I can make this recipe next week. You should try it out too and we can compare notes.

Thank you, Heidi, for producing such a BEAUTIFUL cookbook filled with gorgeous photography and delightful recipes. I can’t wait to try them out AND I can’t wait to announce the winner of this amazing cookbook tomorrow morning. Stay tuned and enter away!

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