April 16, 2013

roasted chickpeas

you may notice the above title is a little, um, boring. i've been doing a lot of food fixin' lately and there just aren't enough rocky n bullwinkle themed titles to go around. so from now on, unless there's a soap box to stand on, i'm sticking to boring old "name of what i made."

moving along. i've been enjoying my little afternoon snacks. they keep me from going all hulk smash! at the end of the day. the energy bars are awesome but after 2 weeks, i needed a little change up. enter the roasted chickpeas.

it's always best for me to have a snack broken down into smaller pieces, that way i don't inhale it all at once. these turned out pretty well and lasted all week.

roasted chickpeas
2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey

 dump 2 cans of garbanzo beans into a colander, rinse and drain.

spread out on paper towel to soak up excess moisture. preheat oven to 375 degrees. spread dry-ish chickpeas on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. bake for 45 - 60 minutes or until beans are crunchy. mine took the full 60 minutes.

 remove from oven and immediately (carefully) toss with olive oil and seasoning.

 you can throw these back in the oven for another 10 - 15 minutes to caramelize. i didn't but wish i had. the honey and oil made them a little soft after cooling in the mix. live and learn. that being said, they were still really tasty. i scooped some into smaller containers for the week as they can be kept up to 4 days in airtight container. i did 5 days, sue me.

while the chickpeas were roasting i took some time to clean up my kitchen. i have a very small pantry so a little organization was in order. here's the progress so far.

1st shelf: tea boxes, k-cups (top drawer), running gu & biscotti (bottom drawer)

2nd shelf: oats, pasta, lentils and biscuit mixes

3rd shelf: sugar, salt, nuts & seeds, oils and vinegars

4th shelf: spices, liquid sweeteners and baking powders

floor: unopened cocoa, sugar, powdered creamers

it's a working in progress, bring home another drawer unit so nothing is actually on the floor. i'll update once my grocery shopping process gets organized.

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