Inside My Kitchen: Teddi Mellencamp Shares Her Recipe for a Quick and Healthy Chickpea Salad

Teddi Mellencamp doesn’t consider herself the “world’s best cook,” but the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star says you don’t have to be a chef to stay on track and be healthy. The wellness coach, 39, invited Us Weekly into her Beverly Hills kitchen to share a chickpea salad recipe from her new cookbook, ALL IN the Kitchen.

As the daughter of musician John Mellencamp, Teddi says that a major priority for her is a good playlist while she cooks.

“A must have for me in the kitchen is music,” she told Us. “It makes it so much more fun to cook or prep with your family, listening to music, dancing and enjoying the time.

The mom of three is often on the go and wanted to create a cookbook with quick, easy recipes for people who don’t have the time to make elaborate meals.

“I created this cookbook with fellow coaches, Chelsea Elder and Mary Cofan,” she explained. “We’re all hardworking moms and we like to create yummy, delicious foods that we can make with our families that we can take on the go or eat at home.”

When it comes to getting her kids to eat healthy, Mellencamp admits she doesn’t have “every tip and trick,” but for daughter Slate, 6, she explains that “having different colors makes her excited to eat healthy.” She added that it also depends on what phase they’re currently in. “Their taste buds change throughout the years, so just keep giving them new things to try,” she added.

To find more recipes like this, check out Teddi’s new cookbook, ALL IN The Kitchen.

Chickpea Salad
Serves 2-4


1-2 cucumbers, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, diced
1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
2 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tbs basil, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
pepper to taste


1.Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
2.Toss well.
3.Garnish with fresh basil.