Today was an excellent weather day here in the Northeastern United States. So I wanted to do a picnic themed lunch. So many newly minted vegans feel a little cheated the first year or so of their meal choice because of all the hoopla over picnics. I'm a gluten free vegan, and while have never felt this way, I can certainly sympathize So here is a great meal plan, and a potato salad to bring to your next picnic and make the carnivore's mouths water!
I roasted 1 can 16 oz. of chickpeas drained @ 400 for 35 minutes. Just enough to get them crispy. Extra virgin olive oil was involved, I soaked the little buggers good. Add salt and pepper to taste and I added a little liquid smoke and a generous dose of cayenne pepper. Dice about 8 smaller red potatoes and leave the skins on. Boil them for about 7 minutes. In a large bowl, put two RIPE avocados and 1/3 cup of grape seed oil Veganaise. Mash those two together add the potatoes and chickpeas. For a garnish, I roasted one yellow pepper in olive oil too. Makes a nice garnish and completes the flavor of the potato salad. Watch out! The chickpeas are HOT! But when added to the potato/avocado/Veganaise mixture they tone down the heat. Yummy, yummy, yummy for a picnic! I even kept the outdoorsy theme going by taking the pic of lunch on the hood of my car.
And a word of warning, the avocados must be ripe to get that mushy texture to blend with the Veganaise.
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