Two Thumbs Up Salad

Went to see "The Blindside" the Sandra Bullock movie then hit the park with my super cool bento box. Two thumbs up on the movie and two thumbs up on the eats...

Blue Box (top left): Roasted Veggies (Yellow & Red Peppers & Red Onion)
Green Box (top right): Cutie Clementine
Pink Box (bottom left): Shelly's Lemony Chickpea & Tuna Salad
Orange Box (bottom right): Shelly's Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Fudge & Pistachios

Shelly's Lemony Chickpea & Tuna Salad

2 cans Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans or ceci) drained & rinsed
1 can Tuna Fillets, packed in Olive Oil, drained (I use Roland Ventresca Tuna Fillets)
1/4 cup Feta Cheese, diced
2 stick celery, sliced
zest of 1/2 a Lemon
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher salt
a few twists of Black Pepper to taste

Lemon Vinaigrette: 2 Tablespoons Lemon Olive Oil to 2 Tablespoons Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar (any fruity vinegar will do). If you can't find Lemon Olive Oil (Regular Olive Oil with a few squirts of a fresh Lemon will do)

Combine all ingredients. Chill for at least two hours before serving. The dressing needs a chance to love on everything. Even better if you can make it the night before.

Can be served as is like a salad, in a lettuce, tortilla or lavash wrap, or in a half of an avocado or tomato.

I love this pattern. I collect vintage Pyrex dishes for those of you that don't know. This was my recent $4 Thrift Store find.

Shelly's Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Fudge

1 cup Chocolate Protein Powder
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
2 Tablespoons PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Vanilla - on sale now)
1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut
1/4 cup Chopped Peanuts, divided use

Toppings (optional): Unsweetened Toasted Coconut, Crushed Nuts, Crushed SF Hard Candies

Mix all ingredients (hold back half the peanuts) till thoroughly combined. It is a dry mixture... it will come together after some mixing. Keep mixing the ricotta thins and it comes together. It's a stiff mixture. Spread evenly into a Pyrex dish or baking pan (I used a 6x8) that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle with optional toppings. I used the remaining 1/2 of the peanuts. Place in fridge to firm for at least 3 hours before serving. Cut into squares (I get 28 squares) Keep leftovers refrigerated. You can also freeze them (they are fab this way too) or defrost in the fridge.

Go see the movie. I took my Mum but there's enough football in it to keep the guys interested if you do a date night. The music was great too. I love that Five for Fighting song "Chances" and this band I hadn't heard of Red's song "Pieces." Good stuff. I've been listening to them all day on my Blip.FM station. Do you guys Blip? I love that thing.