Yes, tomorrow I’ll be boarding a plane to start the long journey to America. I cannot believe that our trip has already arrived and that in a few days I’ll be seeing my family and enjoying all the comforts of my home country. Brett and I have been counting down the days until this trip, but, at the same time, it still seems surreal to us that we’ll be in America soon. I’m thinking our constant travels have tricked us into thinking this is just another trip and the fact that we’ll be seeing family in a few days hasn’t sunk in. Either way, I know once we get there we’ll be in heaven seeing all our friends and family. Of course, I’m sure there will also be some culture shock as we remember all the things we love (certain foods, sanitation laws, lack of language barriers, etc.), but don’t have have access to in China.
I miss my family tons in China, but to be honest, a lot of the times the phrase “out of sight, out of mind” takes over and it’s only when I’m Skyping with them that I remember how much of their lives I’m missing out on. I know seeing my siblings, nieces and nephews in person will be bitter sweet as they will have grown and changed so much in just these past 8 months that we’ve been away. But I’m hoping that while we’re together I’ll be able to soak up every minute with them and not think about how I probably won’t see them for a long, long time once we’re back in China. I’m just so thankful for this opportunity to take a short trip back home and spend time in such a wonderful country.
Speaking of such a wonderful country, can we talk about how amazing the food is in America?! I’ve literally been dreaming of what it’s going to be like to stroll through such clean, organized, and abundant grocery stores. Food is so convenient in America. Pre-washed veggies, oven-ready entrees, and all the variety you could desire of flours, nut butters, dairy-free milks and yogurts, cereals and more. BREAD especially is something I’ve missed so much since moving to China. While there is tons of bread here, it’s almost always steamed buns made with white flour. I so miss being able to walk into the grocery story and by sliced, whole grain, delicious bread!
Thankfully, I’ve gotten my hands on a bread machine, so now my cravings have been met! This past week (I’m not even kididng) we went through three loaves of bread and a batch of bagels. Yeah, I wasn’t kidding about those bread cravings.
Since I’ve been eating so much bread, I thought it would be fun to make a more special, unique toast topper to enjoy with our freshly made bread.
Introducing: Lemon Avocado Chickpea Mash!
I’m obsessed with this spread. It’s zesty, creamy and hearty and is delicious on its own or as a spread in a veggie sandwich. It takes minutes to prepare and you can easily adapt it by using different seasonings. I love spreading this Lemon Avocado Chickpea Mash on toasted bread and then topping it with tomato, nutritional yeast, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt. Perfection!
I hope you all can give this simple recipe a try! If you do, let me know your thoughts in the comments or even better, take a picture and tag #theconscientiouseater on Instagram!
- 1 15 oz. chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 2 avocados
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons minced green onion
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium sized bowl, mash the chickpeas until almost all the beans have been mashed, leaving a few whole for texture.
- Add in the avocado, lemon juice, green onion and a large pinch of salt and pepper. Mash until everything is combined.
- Taste and add more lemon juice, salt and pepper as needed.
- Spread on toast, sandwiches or use as a dip for veggies and crackers!