Me, Myself + A Chickpea Chop

by Holly on September 25, 2011

in Bluephies,dinner,lunch,recipes,vegetarian,weekend

As much as I love my friends, family, co-workers, blog friends, local Walgreens clerk who always rings me up with a smile, hot yoga teacher (let me just add…the yoga class isn’t the only thing that’s hot), neighbors who have audibly bumped uglies three times this past week and the homeless man that lives behind my apartment building, sometimes I like just being alone.

Every once in an Everythingtarian while, my normal outgoing nature yearns for a social break, and the urge to hibernate with nothing more than me, myself and I cannot be resisted.

It’s a good thing I’m easily entertained.

Hmmm…although this could explain why I don’t have a boyfriend.

Simultaneously fighting a sinus infection + preparing for the Twin Cities 10-mile Race next Sunday, this weekend proved to be the perfect time to engage in some restorative solo fun.

Me-time activities included, but were not limited to…

…going to bed by 10:30pm on both Friday AND Saturday night.

…attending a hot yoga class led by said hot yoga teacher with two friends. While you may think this doesn’t count for a solo activity, I barely talked the whole class minus (<- progress!). P.S. I can’t move my arms, legs or hips today.

…writing at a coffee shop for two hours in complete productive silence, minus the couple in the corner holding hands + praying before slurping down their matching espresso drinks. Something tells me God would give them a pass for not honoring his name before a meal in Starbucks.

…spending Saturday night browsing the mall by myself + comingthisclose to buying this pair of brown riding boots from Banana Republic.

…having a handstand contest in my living room. My only competition was my friend Ruth (you can’t see her, but I swear she was there).

…and of course, what would an open, leisurely weekend for a food blogger be without taking ample time grocery shopping, spending three hours cooking in her tiny kitchen + creating a haphazard mess as a result.

Taking inspiration fromĀ Bluephies, a Madison restaurant favorite, I decided I didn’t need a dining companion to enjoy a gourmet meal and recreated my favorite Bluephies sandwich: Chickpea Chop. It’s a colorful mixture of garbanzo beans, marinated artichokes, roasted red peppers and Feta tossed in a fresh lemon aioli and eaten on crunchy, toasted bread.

After devouring the first bite of my most perfect recreation, I sent the Everythingtarian family an iPhone picture gloating my success, and Mama E texted back asking, “You made that? For who?”

To which I responded, “Myself.”

Sometimes, there’s no better answer than that.

Chickpea Chop Sandwiches with Easy Lemon Aioli

1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, roughly chopped
1/2 cup marinated artichokes, roughly chopped
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, roughly chopped
1/3 cup crumbled Feta cheese
1/2 cup Easy Lemon Aioli (see recipe below)
4 whole wheat buns
Arugula, for serving
Red onion, for serving

Easy Lemon Aioli
1/2 T minced garlic
hefty pinch of sea salt
1 egg yolk
juice of 1 small lemon or 1/2 large lemon
1 cup olive oil*

*plain olive oil…NOT extra-virgin

In a medium bowl, mix chickpeas, artichokes, red peppers and Feta cheese. Fold in 1/2 cup of aioli until garbanzo mixture is well-coated.

To serve, toast whole wheat buns under the broiler until light golden brown. Top bun with 1/4 of the garbanzo mixture, arugula and red onion, and enjoy!

To make Easy Lemon Aioli, place garlic, salt, egg yolk and lemon juice in a blender or food processor and pulse for 5 – 10 seconds, or until well-mixed. Turn blender or processor to medium-low, and slowly pour in olive oil in a thin stream. Continue blending for an additional 10 seconds. When finished, you should have a smooth aioli that highly resembles mayonnaise.

Makes 4 sandwiches & 1 cup of Lemon Garlic Aioli


Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I totally get the need for solo time. My hubby works on Sundays and I enjoy the glorious days doing what I please… or not really doing much. No plans is the best!

This chickpea chop looks outta this world Holly!

Erica September 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Alone time is sweet. I kind of consider my time with kaylin as alone time right now (since she cant speak). The chop sounds delicious! I think itd be great on a salad too

Erica Dagley September 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Can I just say that I love reading a healthy living blog from another single gal’s point of view. I feel like all the others are having babies, married or boyf’ed up!

Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel September 25, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Send some of that chickpea chop to Jake Gyllenhaal and I think you’d have a boyfriend in no time. Or maybe I shouldn’t have suggested that….(Jake’s all mine!!)

But really, that looks delicious. I feel like some kind of variation of it would be great mixed in with pasta!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Solo time is key girl. I cannot go-go-go without having some downtime and solo time. Glad you got yours.

And this recipe looks awesome!

Emily September 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Ohhh my, that looks delicious! Your me-time sounds amazing, and now I’m desperate to have a handstand competition.

emily (a nutritionist eats) September 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I love alone time. :)
That chop sounds FANTASTIC! I’ll be making it very soon!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 25, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Travis and I live nowhere near you…

Hillary September 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm

As a teacher whose job it is to be “on” for eight hours a day, five days a week, I understand the need for alone time. Usually, by the time Friday rolls around, I want to get in my bed with Don Draper (metaphorically of course), a carton of ice cream, and call it a night around 10. Pathetic? Maybe. But if the desire for alone time results in recipes this yummy, can it really be so wrong?

Maren September 25, 2011 at 8:12 pm

YUM! Wow those boots are to die for. I got some vince camuto boots last fall that look similar to those. They were my Christmas present from my bf’s parents. I would have never spend that kind of money on myself… haha! But I absolutely love them and wore them ALL the time last year. If you’re wondering what I’m getting at, I’m just hear to tell you that you will get your $200 out of them. Figure out how many times you will wear them this fall/winter/spring (which is basically 8 mos of winter up here) and divide it by 200. Trust me when I say, it equals TOTALLY WORTH IT. :)

Liz @ iheartvegetables September 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I’m the same way! Normally I’m going going going and I love being around people but every once in awhile I need my alone time, and I cannot be talked out of it!

This recipe looks delicious!!! I love anything with chickpeas!

Jessica September 25, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I spent my entire Saturday afternoon alone in the kitchen baking and cooking. It was great. Solo time is like therapy!

I can’t wait to make this sandwich!! I love chickpeas!

sofia September 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

i am the same way: overly social, but a bit of a loner at heart. love this post. and i want that chickoea creation. now.

Katie September 26, 2011 at 11:14 am

What a good idea for a sandwich – I love that!

Also, I would adore some me time…want to come babysit?

Megan (Braise the Roof) September 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Oooh, that aioli is such a great idea. I never keep mayo on hand b/c my single self can’t go through it fast enough, so I should definitely start whipping that stuff up. I’m not afraid to admit that I love the mayo and all of its relatives. Also, I bet the homeless guy behind your building would enjoy this, too. Just in case you make it on a day that you’re feeling social.

Jessica September 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm

love this post…i can definitely relate! although too much “me” time is never fun, i do need it in bits throughout my weeks :) definitely definitely.

and thanks for leaving us hanging on that corn chowder! i’ve never been crazy for creamy chowders…but yours pictured above looks fab. and i want.

and oh, you’ll get yourself a hot (potentially yoga-teaching, jake g look-alike) bf soon enough my dear! soon enough :)

Bonnie September 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm

This looks great! Love your creativity (and healthfullness! Good combo)…looks delish. I don’t have much alone time, and generally I like it that way, but when my husband is away (which isn’t often) I make myself use that time and really end up enjoying it. Glad you embraced some quiet time this weekend! A reminder that I need to do the same more often. :)

Carrie September 27, 2011 at 10:18 am

Just wanted to let you know that I made this recipe last night. Oh my amazingness!!! I’m very much looking forward to my lunch today :-)

Lauren September 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I’ve been in total hibernation mode for quite some time… it might be because I haven’t felt super great lately but that is no excuse. Time for this lazy, home dwelling person I have turned into, to get her butt outside… and made that sandwich w/o the bread :)

natalie (the sweets life) September 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

so glad you posted this recipe! ironically enough i picked up roasted red peppers last night…and i have most of the other ingredients. can’t wait to try this soon!

Tamar September 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm

This looks delicious Holly! I’m so impressed you made your own aioli sans mayo, though I’m a little irrationally nervous about raw eggs, even though I get them from my aunt’s farm. Anything with chick peas and artichokes is a winner. I love alone time, and since I live with my boyfriend, it’s hard to come by. Relish it!

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