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Chickpea, Warm Peach & Pecan Salad

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I often imagine what life was like for our ancestors. They had to clear the land, build houses, grow their own food, make their own clothes, and often fend off wild animals and enemies. All of that would be time consuming and difficult even with our modern tools—and they didn’t have them. I guess hunger would be a powerful motivator for hunting and gathering—but I admit I much prefer to hunt and gather in the convenience of my local grocery store! I love the feeling of opening my pantry and seeing the shelves fully stocked with canned goods. It always makes me feel rich—and I like knowing I can readily pull a nutritious meal together without having to run to the store every day.

Pecan Peach Salad

Another benefit of a well-stocked pantry—or cantry—it’s a great way to stretch the grocery budget. Canned foods typically cost half of what frozen foods run and 15-20% less than fresh versions. The convenience and the economy would not be worth it to me if I didn’t think my family was getting the vitamins and minerals we need. However, canned food is actually one of the best ways to get food from the farm to the table, while retaining peak ripeness and nutrition.

Cans Get You Cooking

Canned Peaches

Chick Peas

Warm Peaches

Our local farmer’s market is already offering early crops. I noticed spinach is in season now. Knowing I had the necessary canned ingredients in my pantry, I picked up a bunch of spinach to make one of our favorite salads: spinach with chickpeas, warm peaches and pecans. I top it with a light dressing made out of the pear juice. So good! Since canned food is picked when it is at its prime, this combination optimizes tastes and nutrition. 

Peach Salad Recipe

Peach Pecan Salad Recipe Idea  

Chickpea Pecan Peach Salad

Here’s my recipe:

Chickpea, Warm Peach & Pecan Salad
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  1. 1 bunch fresh baby spinach
  2. 1/4-1/2 can of chick peas
  3. 1 can peach slices
  4. 1/2 teaspoon butter
  5. cinnamon (optional)
  6. 1/4 cup pecan halves
  7. 1/8 cup crumbled feta
  1. 1/8th cup of juice from canned peaches
  2. 2 teaspoons amber honey
  1. Layer spinach in the bottom of a salad bowl (or large serving plate)
  2. Add chick peas
  3. Put 1/2 teaspoon butter in a frying plan on medium heat
  4. Add canned peaches (sprinkle with cinnamon if desired)
  5. Heat until warmed completely
  6. Immediately add to salad
  7. Top with pecans and feta
  1. Combine and stir. Drizzle pear juice dressing over spinach.
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Whether you opt for creative healthy, homemade meals totally built from your cantry or if you combine canned goods with seasonal greens, cans really can get you cooking!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons & Safeway. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.