Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Crispy Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

I tried making these about 10 years ago when they were all the rage and they turned out terrible, grainy and soft! Unfortunately I had no idea that it was just a bad recipe and I never tried them again. Fast forward and a few months ago I had them at book club when a friend made them for our discussion of “A Place for Us”. I was hesitant to taste them because I knew I didn’t like them. I did anyway and was pleasantly surprised! They were a lot smaller and crunchier than I remembered from years ago.

After a little internet research I was thrilled to come across this technique. It worked like a charm and resulted in savory crispy crunchy chickpeas. The seasoning options are endless! They are so addictive with absolutely no guilt. Basically a super healthy copycat of corn nuts :) Which sadly I remember eating along with starbursts while on road trips as a kid … eeek! It’s amazing what you can eat when you are young :) These make the perfect salty snack, party appetizer, or salad topping! Note: you can double this recipe and two cans will fit on a large cookie sheet.

1 - 15oz can chickpeas*, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon olive oil
seasonings of choice

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.
2. Spread the chickpeas in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. It's ok if they are still a bit wet, they will dry out in the oven. Bake 30 minutes, stopping to shake the pan every 10 minutes.
3. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl and stir in oil and seasonings of choice.
4. Spread the chickpeas back onto the pan and bake for another 10-15 until golden and crunchy. Let cool before serving and store in an airtight container. 

*Note: I have only tried the canned chickpeas from Aldi. Different lots or brands may vary in how crispy they turn out. They may need to be dried with a towel before baking or cover with foil after the suggested cooking time, to prevent burning, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.

Seasoning Ideas:
ranch seasoning
all purpose seasoned salt (like Lawry’s)
Italian seasoning
garlic salt
dried parmesan cheese
cumin and chili powder and dried cilantro

Friday, January 10, 2020

Any Month Meal Plan Calendar with Themes

This calendar can be used for any month of the year and you can use the themes that I use or fill in your own. You can download a free pdf printable here that includes both forms and an example calendar with meals written in. Enjoy and happy meal planning!

Download a free pdf printable here!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Pineapple Rice (Electric Pressure Cooker)


  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple or canned (dice 5 slices from a can of slices, half of the can)

  • 1 cup pineapple juice (or just empty 1- 20oz can of crushed pineapple with juice)

  • 1 cup water +1 teaspoon better than bouillon (or 1 cup chicken broth)

  • 1 T lime juice

  • 4 T butter

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro

  • 1.5 cups jasmine rice


  1. Spray inside bottom of pot with nonstick cooking spray. 

  2. Combine ingredients in electric pressure cooker. Cook for 8 minutes at high pressure then use natural release for 10 minutes. 

  3. Fluff with wooden utensil and serve. 


I buy a large can of pineapple juice and pour 1 cup into glass jars, cover them with lids or cling wrap and freeze for easy use in this recipe. Also, 1 cup of diced pineapple is about ½ of a can of the pineapple rings. I like to cut my pieces from rings so I can make the pieces very small. 

Stovetop Tips:

If cooking on stovetop I would add 1 additional cup of water or broth, bring to boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes until rice is tender and most of liquid is absorbed. 



Adapted from http://tatertotsandjello.com/2017/05/instant-pot-pineapple-lime-rice-8-minutes.html