Saturday, October 1, 2011

Roasted chickpeas

Holy smokes I am alive! I know I haven't updated this in forever. It's actually been so long that I almost couldn't remember how. Where I have been and what I have been doing is nothing exciting, nor anything extremely positive or even worth talking about. Let's just pretend I was on a fabulous trip to somewhere magical. K? Moving on!

I am not getting any younger, or any thinner for that matter. So, in an effort to change my indulgent ways I am making a serious effort to eat better and move more. This recipe reflects that. Roasted chickpeas, an incredibly healthy, budget and waist friendly, snack. Really easy and really simple. I've got to get back into this slowly you know?

Ingredients are:
2 T olive oil
1 can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
Salt to taste
Cayenne to taste
Curry powder to taste

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
2. Rinse and pat the beans dry
3. Toss in a bowl with olive oil, salt, cayenne, and curry powder
4. Place it all in a baking pan or sheet
5. Roast for 25-35 minutes, until the beans/peas are crunchy and brown but not burned

Here is my journey:

Lining up my ingredients. I completely forgot about the curry powder until later.
Preheat the oven to 450.
Rinse the pretty little beans/peas.
Pat dry with a paper towel. PAT DRY. Not man handle and squash like I almost did. Sometimes I don't know my own strength.
Toss them into a bowl with the olive oil, some cayenne, salt and this is when the curry powder should have gone in.
A perfectionist I am not, which is made obvious by the crooked and sloppy cut parchment paper on the bottom of the pan. Really I don't think it is even necessary to use but you know, I am a rebel and all that so....

This is also where I remembered the danged curry powder. So I just sprinkled some on and tossed these around a bit.

Put them in the oven and bake, but keep a close eye on them towards the end. They will burn quickly.

What is this fat little enchilada licking his lips for? You'll see in a minute.
These may not be the prettiest things you have ever seen but they are indeed delicious. Crispy, spicy, salty, and some still had a little softness in the middle. Yum.

This is the object of Remo's infatuation. I was giving him some "carrot noodles", which is basically the carrot skin after peeling. I am whipping up a huge pan of roasted veggies to eat through out the rest of the weekend.
Happy eating everyone! I have really missed doing this and hope to be back on a regular basis!

If you want some other healthy ideas and tips, check out this blog:

This woman is serious about her health and fitness. Would I ever be able to be that committed? Yeah, committed to the nuthouse if I even tried. Either way I am hooked on her and can't stop reading.

Have a great weekend!