I am a single gal for the next few days. The men in my life have gone on a short road trip. I can watch whatever I want to watch on TV. I can sleep as late as the dog allows. But the best thing is, I can buy food for me and not have to worry about anyone chiming in about how much they don’t like that [fill in the blank] or my all time favorite statement, “Where’s the meat?”
I initially thought I would simply eat what I had in the house. There’s plenty of stuff in the pantry and I’m not intimidated by a nice bowl of beans and rice. Then I looked for yogurt and I realized there wasn’t any and there wasn’t any fruit, so that plan sort of went away. I would have to shop.
I am regularly asked where the meat is, and when we first started talking about this little boys only jaunt, the first thing that occurred to me was that I could take a break from meat. So here I am, boy free (except for the dog) and meat free for the next five days.
I went to the meat free extreme today, and made vegan or “Fake” Tuna Salad.
“Fake” Tuna Salad
1 can chickpeas
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
Splash of lemon juice
Vegan mayo – 2 generous tablespoons
- Mush the chickpeas with a fork (or potato masher if you happen to have one).
- Add everything but the mayo and stir well.
- Stir in the mayo.
I bought Whole Foods Vegan Mayo and it’s not great. It’s the main reason there is lemon juice in this recipe. I needed something to mask the odd, oily flavor. It’s not horrid and it didn’t make my salad inedible, but it’s a taste that can use a little masking.
The rest of this was fantastic! The texture of the mashed chickpeas is pretty similar to tuna. With the crunchy veggies, and the other regular ingredients from my tuna salad, I hardly noticed a difference at all, except, no stinky can, no stinky mouth, no chasing the dog away from stuff falling on the floor (my dog and tuna do not get along), and tomorrow, I probably won’t have co-workers turning up their nose at my lunch!
I will absolutely make this again, and can’t wait to share it with My Faithful Assistant!