Recipe: Orange Avocado Chickpea Salad

According to a recent Instagram survey, 56% of respondents say it’s normal for them to eat salad as a main meal. The key? Stuffing the salad with more than just lettuce. With that in mind, here’s an orange avocado chickpea salad, a great example of a bright, beautiful, refreshing salad to try for dinner soon!

one way to have salad for dinner / go eat your bread with joy

If there’s one thing that’s clear after the recent post on making salad fun, it’s that there are endless possibilities to get your greens. For anyone who’s still warming up to the idea of salad as a main course: just browse that post to get inspired by a long list of readers’ favorite recipes and formulas. Salads for days!

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An Everyday Kale Drink to Try

Deep in the throes of cold season, who doesn’t need a healthy tonic you can blend up at home? Whether or not drinking this will help you ward off germs (or recover from them) is up for debate–but still: sipping it is a fun way to experiment.

This everyday kale drink is easy to make, filled with nutrients and has a refreshing, earthy taste that's kissed with sweetness--and a kick of heat! Drink it to load up on nutrients this winter. #kale #coldseason #healthydrinks

Listen, it’s 2019. You don’t need me to tell you about the wonders of kale, that leafy green vegetable that’s high in fiber, antioxidants, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, iron and other minerals. Kale’s on restaurant menus; kale’s in juice bars. Your favorite hipster is eating it, but so are your parents (or grandparents!). You can have kale salads, kale smoothies, kale pesto and kale pasta. People put kale on sandwiches, use it in side dishes and add it to their pizzas.

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Date-Paste Shortbread Cookies

All you need is four ingredients to make these tasty date-paste shortbread cookies. Buttery, crumbly, delicate and kissed with sweetness, they’re a perfect vehicle for showcasing the beauty of homemade date paste.

date-paste shortbread cookies / go eat your bread with joy

It’s one thing to say date paste is great in baked goods (the Internet repeatedly tells us to swap it one to one for refined sugar, maple syrup or honey). But it’s another to test it in a recipe and see what happens. Does it actually work? What changes when you swap it in? Armed with a fresh batch of date paste, I decide to experiment for myself and find out. 

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Healthier Chicken and Waffles Recipe

If there’s anything better than fried chicken, it’s fried chicken on a waffle. (Am I right?) Comfort food meets comfort food in this soul food classic. So here’s a look at a lightened-up, healthier chicken and waffle recipe. Treat yourself to a bit of American history with this dish!

A Healthier Chicken and Waffles Recipe

Here in Nashville, waffles are about as ubiquitous as hot chicken, at least according to an article in The Tennessean last year. Read More

Orange Basil Mocktail

Say hello to the long weekend with an orange basil mocktail! This bright refresher pairs fresh (clementine) orange juice with muddled basil and (coconut) sugar. Poured over ice, it’s a sweet, citrusy sip for saying goodbye to summer.

orange basil mocktail There’s just something about a cocktail (mocktail) to set the mood for kicking back and relaxing, don’t you think? So why not start this holiday weekend with something fun! The orange basil mocktail is simple, sweet and special. It’s the kind of drink that feels like something you’d order at a farm-to-table restaurant. It celebrates the start of a weekend where you get an extra day to sleep in and stay away from work.

So hey, it’s almost Labor Day! Let’s lift a glass to us working folk! This naturally sweetened mocktail is one great way to do it.

orange basil mocktail / go eat your bread with joy

How to Make This Orange Basil Mocktail

All you need is orange juice (clementines will work), a fistful of basil (celebrate the season’s remnants) and some sugar (coconut sugar or your preferred variety) to make this sip sing. Written as a mocktail, it’s free of alcohol and welcomed by adults and kids alike. If that doesn’t matter to you, you could certainly spike it with the beverage of your choice.

This Labor Day weekend, you don’t have to browse a drink menu to find yourself a creative beverage option. Head home and make this mocktail! Though it only takes a little effort to mix together, it gives you a complex flavor and, bonus, natural sweetness that feels like a treat. Happy holiday weekend, guys!

ps: if you’re looking for inspiration on what to bring to a party or potluck Monday, check out this roundup of watermelon recipes!


Orange Basil Mocktail

Makes four small (4-ounce) servings

Adapted from Laylita’s Mandarin Mojito

8 ounces (1 cup) clementine or other orange juice (from about 10 clementine oranges)
1/4 cup + 1 teaspoon coconut sugar, divided
A handful (.25 ounces) fresh basil leaves
12 ounces (1.5 cups) water

In a pitcher, stir together orange juice and 1/4 cup coconut sugar. Add a cup (8 ounces) of water. Muddle together basil leaves with another teaspoon of coconut sugar in a mortar and pestle. Add this mixture to the pitcher, along with another 1/2 cup (4 ounces) water.

Fill four-ounce glances with ice, and pour drink on top.


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Iced Turmeric Basil Green Tea (aka Golden Tea)

Keep cool in the August heat with this iced turmeric basil green tea–a potential powerhouse of health-boosting nutrients! As golden as the summer sunshine, this drink is a “superfood” seasonal sip. Think of it as the golden milk latte gone tea.

iced turmeric basil green tea aka golden tea / go eat your bread with joy

While, decades ago in America, this golden spice was known for little more than giving mustard its hue, today turmeric is ubiquitous. Read More