The Hubs was in the mood for a tuna sandwich for lunch. I'm all about honoring your cravings so you won't feel deprived and believe in enjoying all things in life in moderation. But tuna is not the healthiest choice as it comes with a hefty dose of mercury. We think he can do better on a weekend lunch.
So I was on a mission to come up with something that was equally satisfying but had a higher nutritional value and no mercury....Enter in the Chicks Please Sandwich.
To test out if it would work in curbing his appetite, I made BOTH a tuna sandwich and the Chicks Please Sandwich. You know, to level the playing field. He eats what he wants, and we see what he decides to eat. Needless to say, because I wouldn't have posted this recipe if the results didn't come out in its favor, the ChicksPlease won out! Picky hubs even asked for more.
Bottom line here is even though we should never deprive ourselves, if you can satisfy your craving with a healthier option, choose that option 100%. The recipe happens to be ridiculously easy. We are adding it our household rotation and think you should too.
*Please note: if you think this is going to taste exactly like a tuna sandwich, you got the wrong recipe. This is simply a replacement, but some believe it to be far tastier ....:)
The Low Down
We all know chickpeas to be an excellent source of protein and fiber.
But did you know that a 1-cup serving of chickpeas provides you with 94% of your daily recommended amount of manganese and 71% of your daily recommended amount of folate?
Manganese is so important for bone development and wound healing. It also supports your metabolism. I'm all in favor of anything that boosts metabolism. That's definitely a winner in my book.
Folate is like the queen bee of minerals. Folate is responsible for new cell growth and brain cell development. It protects against genetic mutations, aka it prevents cancer.
Since most woman are lacking in this essential mineral, manufacturers created folic acid which you may see listed on your vitamins. Folate is the real deal and naturally occurring in chickpeas. With 71% of what you need in a cup of chickpeas, warding away cancer seems easy peasy.
- 1/2 can organic, bpa-free chickpeas
- 2 slices bread of choice (I always prefer Food For Life Baking brand's Ezekial sliced bread)
- 1 tsp liquid smoke (you can omit this if you don't have it)
- 2 tsp bbq sauce
- 1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp flax seed oil (optional)
- Himalayan salt or sea salt to taste
- a couple shakes of garlic powder or to taste
- Handful of organic tomatoes (I used organic grape tomatoes).
- Drain the chickpeas and place them in a bowl. Using the back of a fork mash them. (You can also use a food processor for this, but I find that a fork is easy enough and involves less clean up after!)
- Add the liquid smoke, bbq sauce, salt, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, and flax seed oil (if you're using it) to the bowl.
- Chop the tomatoes & toast the bread.
- Assemble your sandwich with a layer of the chickpea mixture and a layer of tomatoes. You can add any other garnish you prefer.
Thanks for making this! I would love it see how it turns out. Snap a pic and tag me on Instagram so I can see! Any questions on it? Message me on Snapchat.