Crispy, Sweet, Addictive Roasted Chickpeas 

Ever have a ton of leftover chickpeas just staring you in the face every time you open the fridge? Oh boy, we do. We pressure cook a ton of these protein-filled babies to eat throughout the week in salads, with breakfast, and of course to make hummus with. But they’re like damn starfish arms. Eat some, and they regenerate. Eat some more, and there they are again! I swear. I don’t understand. BUT it’s ok because now I’ve found the best way to devour them all. Each. Little. Tiny. One. 

This is easy peasy. Ready?

1. Take some leftover cooked chickpeas. Salted is ok, but no garlic, onions, or other flavors. Rinse and dry them really well. I used about 3 cups worth for this recipe. (Feel free to use canned chickpeas, too. Two cans should do. Make sure to rinse and dry as well.)

2. Lay them all out on a parchment-lined sheet tray. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

3. Roast for 30 minutes, giving them a shimmy every 10 minutes to avoid burning on one side.

4. Remove from oven and let cool on the sheet tray. Bring the temp in the oven up to 325 degrees F.

5. While the chickpeas are cooling, melt 1/4 cup coconut oil in the microwave or over the stovetop on low.

6. Add in 2 tbsp brown sugar (we make our own using cane sugar and blackstrap molasses), 2 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tbsp of maple syrup to the warmed and melted coconut oil. 

7. Whisk this mixture together once the coconut oil is melted, drizzle it over the chickpeas, and toss. Make sure each little chickpea gets some love.

8. Put them back in the oven and roast at 325 degrees F for 10 more minutes. 

9. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle with a pinch of kosher or sea salt. Himalayan salt would work, too. Let cool completely. 

10. If you haven’t eaten them all by now, transfer these sweet, maple-y, cinnamonn-y, and salty chickpeas of love to an air tight container. I’d eat them within a few days (if you can refrain that long.)

See? That’s it. No more wasted chickpeas. Hurray!


Quick, Delicious, and Healthy Gluten-Free, Vegan Black Bean Soup

I know I shouldn’t be focusing on anything in yoga other then my practice in the present, but I was thinking about soup…creamy, delicious, organic black bean soup. I was so hungry! As soon as I got in my car, I planned the execution of this soup and mentally inventoried everything in my pantry to be sure I didn’t have to stop at the store on my way home. Normally, I’d start from organic dried beans, but I always have some canned ones on hand for times like this. Thank goodness. Here’s to having a well-stocked pantry and a garden full of peppers!

For this quick and easy black bean soup, you’ll need:

  • 4 cans organic low-sodium black beans
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 cubanelle peppers, diced (you can also use two medium bell peppers)
  • 1 jalapeño sliced (you can remove the seeds and ribs to limit the heat if you want)
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Adobo seasoning
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • Dried oregano
  • Water

To begin, dice your peppers, onion, and garlic if you haven’t alredy.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large lidded pot over medium-high heat. NOTE: I always use my enameled cast iron pot because it traps so much heat and leads to quicker cooking times.

Add your garlic to the oil and let cook for about 30 seconds. Don’t let it burn.

Add the peppers and onion to the pot and give it a quick stir. Add a small pinch of sea salt.

Sauté for five minutes while frequently moving around the pan.
Now add the beans, liquid and all, and one can of water. NOTE: I would have added veggie stock if I had some, but water works just fine. Add all your spices, give it a good stir.

Turn the heat down to low, put on the lid, and let it simmer for about a half hour. When you take off the lid, give it a good stir. The soup should have thickened.

The soup could be eaten just like this, but I like to purée half with my immersion blender. To do this, ladle out half off of the soup into a separate bowl, plug in your stick blender, and let it rip! Remove the bay leaf before this step.

It’ll be thick with a wonderfully creamy texture.

Add back the bean soup that you separated, simmer for about five minutes, adjust the seasonings, and eat! I like to garnish mine with a dollop of sour cream and pickled jalapeños. Feel free to eat this with some tortilla chips for a bit of crunch.


Black Bean and Chick Pea Salad: Protein-Packed and Delicious!

20130820-173456.jpgI’ve recently been eating a ton of legumes. I love how versatile they are and how easy they are to have on hand. I keep them dried in my pantry and even a few cans of organic, low-sodium options for when I’m in a rush. And, when it’s this stinking hot outside, a cold bean salad is a fantastic option for a light lunch or BBQ side dish. When I initially began throwing this together, I wasn’t sure I should blog it right away without getting feedback from my brutally honest friends. Well, it passed the test over the weekend, and I’ve even enjoyed toying around with the leftovers. Moral of the story? I’m now confident enough to share it with you today.

For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 4 cups garbanzo beans (chick peas), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 green cubanelle or small green bell peppers, diced or julienned
  • 1 brightly colored bell pepper, diced or julienned (I chose purple)
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño or other hot pepper, finely diced (remove ribs and seeds to keep heat down)
  • zest of one organic lemon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • few grinds black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic infused EVOO (use plain if you don’t have this)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon local honey
  • 1 minced garlic clove (if you haven’t used garlic-infused EVOO)

Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl, fold gently, and let marinate for at least an hour before eating. This recipe should serve about 10 small portions.


Tweaks for cheese and meat lovers:

I added a bit of feta cheese and though it was a perfect addition. My boyfriend had it with feta and grilled chicken and thought it made a perfect lunch on a hot day.

Happy eating!