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We know you’re swamped this week and that things are only going to get busier through the end of the year. So we came up with a super-easy recipe that can be thrown together from pantry staples. Inexpensive cans of beans add substance to a simple salad or bowl of soup, and they can even become a meal on their own, as you’ll see in the recipe below. This dish is actually best when it’s made the night before so that the flavors have time to mingle.
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Lemony Chickpea Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, and Pecorino
Makes one serving
Active Preparation Time: About 15 minutes
1 cup orange juice, apple juice, or water
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 15-16-ounce can chickpeas (also referred to as garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1/4 cup roughly-chopped walnut pieces
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
1 teaspoon olive oil
Optional: 2 tablespoons minced parsley, 1/2 cup shredded leftover meat (such as chicken or lamb)
Pour the juice or water into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Add the dried cranberries, and let sit for at least 10 minutes until the cranberries are plump. Drain through a strainer.
Combine the drained chickpeas, walnut pieces, plumped cranberries, meat (if using), and parsley (if using) in a small container with a tight-sealing lid. Sprinkle the cheese and lemon zest on top, then seal the lid and vigorously shake the container. Open the container and drizzle the lemon juice and olive oil on top, along with a generous pinch of salt and a few pinches of pepper. Cover and shake again.
• Packing Tip! To round out your lunch, throw in some raw veggies like baby carrots, sliced peppers, or cauliflower florets with a scoop of your favorite yogurt for dipping.