Thursday, April 11, 2013

Roasted Chick Peas

I heard about these healthy vegan snacks on a Facebook page and set out to try them. Here are a variety of ingredients - process works the same. If you know of other ways to fix these, I'd love to hear. These are a high protein, high fiber, low fat snack - no sugar depending on the seasonings you use. I also like them on top of salads.  I'll add variations to this page....I'm contemplating some ranch flavored Chickpeas. 

Plain and Crunchy
2 C of chickpeas (1 can) rinsed, drained and patted dry
2 tsp. oil of choice
1/2 tsp salt - or to your taste
Salty Michael Chickpeas

Salty for Michael 
2 C of chickpeas (1 can) rinse and dried
Olive oil spray
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
adjust seasoning to your taste - I like more seasoning....

Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas (click link for original recipe)
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry
  • 2 T. maple syrup
  • 1 t. canola oil (or oil of your choice)
  • 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • 1/4 t. ginger
  • 3/4 t. cinnamon
  • Note - these did not get crunchy with the original baking directions! I had to nuke them! 
Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas (adapted from Cheap, Healthy, Good)
2 Cups chickpeas, drained and rinsed if using canned
2 tsp oil 
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp smoked paprika

BBQ Roasted Chickpeas  (Click for original recipe)
2 C chickpeas (1 Can rinsed and dried)
1/4 C BBQ Sauce
*Recipe instructs 375* for 45 - 60 min 
Bulldog Chickpeas
Bulldog Roasted Chickpeas
2 C Chickpeas (1 Can rinsed and dried)
1/4 C Bulldog sauce

Pour sauce over chickpeas. Scoop out the chickpeas (save sauce) and bake as directed below. After 30 min I began to drizzle sauce as they baked.

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas (click for original)
2 C Chickpeas (1 Can rinsed and dried)
2 T pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
*Recipe instructs 400* for 45 min. 

Preheat oven to 400 - 450*. (I've seen temps from 350 - 450 and times from 25 - 60 min).

Combine liquid and seasonings. Gently combine with chickpeas until peas are coated. 

Spray or line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Bake 45 - 60 min depending on how crunchy you want them. I like mine like corn nuts and it took

Stir every 15 min for the first 45 min and then every 5 min until you are happy with them. 

Microwave Directions: 
One layer; 10- 15 minutes - watch carefully. My microwave may be slower than it would be on stateside electric. 

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Lovin Japan ~ "THE" Shoe Store

Stacia wanted this store on our list of things we love about Japan....who knew?  Renee took us to this store on our first week in town. 

Shoes....walls and walls of shoes...some fun....some gorgeous...some not so much...some inexpensive...some not so much.  We went ahead and picked up a few things while we were taking photos. Half boots for ME, "Crocks" (Machoshoe) for Stacia and me and.....

..."Converse" rain boots for Arielle. 
We WILL have one more rainy season here and I've been meaning to outfit them for rain since our first month here. Rainy season is June/ am still debating on myself...I do have Crocs and we are moving to California...I doubt I'll NEED rain boots....

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Chemistry Experiment

Whenever Arielle has a chemistry experiment everyone gathers's experiment was on "shear thickening fluids."

Zander was happy to help.....

This was fun to watch. As she provided pressure she could shape a ball....when the pressure released....
We are really enjoying our books set in Japan....we really don't want to end next week....but we're "there." It's been a fun year.  I did save some of the extras everyone wants to read (Book 3 in the trilogy etc) to read over the transition.

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...