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Roasted Garlic Chickpeas

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Do you ever get that “snacky” feeling, only to find you have absolutely ZERO snack foods in your house? No chips, no candy, no chocolate pudding… Yeah, I’ve been there. In my attempt to eat more healthy, whole foods, I nixed the junk food completely from my home. So what on earth do you do when you’re in the middle of a snack crisis, you ask? You improvise.

I was craving something with a salty crunch to it. I rummaged through the cabinets and found a can of chickpeas. Now, I’m a Pinterest junkie so I’ve seen probably 75% of the roasted chickpea recipes on the site, so I knew the basics: chickpeas, olive oil, and some seasonings. I ultimately decided on a Roasted Garlic flavor, simply using sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and a bit of chili powder. I’m a big fan of anything with garlic and sea salt!.

I set to work, first washing and drying the chickpeas. Y’all this is the most crucial part. You better get those babies nice and dry or you’ll end up with soft, steamed chickpeas. Definitely not what we’re after today. Then I drizzled my olive oil and sprinkled my seasonings! Voila! They’re ready for roasting. Heat your oven to 450 degrees (Fahrenheit). 

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Putting them in a hot oven will help to crisp them, rather than letting them sit there for the entire pre-heating phase. So start your oven early on in the process!

Mine took about 25 minutes to get that perfect crisp to them. Yours may take less time, or maybe more! If they aren’t crispy enough for you at the 20 minute mark, throw them back in for another 5 to 10 minutes! If you used a bit too much olive oil, you will probably have to let them roast longer.

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As soon as these were out of the oven, we were chowing down! The whole batch was gone within the first 2 hours! You’ll be surprised at how good these actually are, if you’ve never had chickpeas made like this! They’re perfectly crunchy, have just the right amount of seasoning, and are SO simple to make!

These are perfect to pack in snack size bags for lunches, camping trips, or just on the go!

Give the recipe a try, and be sure to let me know how they turned out! Get creative with your seasonings, the possibilities are endless!

 

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Spinach & Fontina Chicken Burgers

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Alright guys, the samples at Sam’s Club really got me… If you don’t have a membership there, please join. Go on a Saturday and you’ve got yourself a free meal just from all the samples!

I tried a Spinach and White Cheddar Chicken Burger there quite a few months ago, but have not been able to get them off my mind. They were just SO good! They were perfectly juicy, had just the right amount of cheese, and cooked perfectly in the oven!

Since I’ve been longing for these babies for months now, I thought I might as well give it a shot and create my own! Y’all, they turned out amazing!! So amazing, that I didn’t even take the time to really “photograph” them, I just wanted to dig right in! So bear with me on the photographs, but please give the recipe a try. You won’t regret it!

These would be wonderful paired with an artisan bun, but I had to work with what I had in the pantry, so I opted for two slices of grilled Dave’s Killer Bread – Organic Powerseed spread with Hellman’s Olive Oil Mayo. I topped these burgers with mashed avocado with a pinch of salt and pepper, Tessamae’s Organic Creamy Ranch, and a slice of Arla Fontina Cheese! As a side, I baked up some Green Giant Broccoli & Cheese Tots.

The recipe is super simple, and it will have your family wondering where on earth these juicy burgers came from!

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Spinach and Chicken Burgers

I had several patties left over, so I decided to cut them up to top my salad for lunch! The salad contains spring mix, sliced strawberries, unsweetened coconut shavings, my amazing chicken burgers, and Brianna’s Dijon Honey Mustard Dressing! As I’m writing this post, its nearing lunch time, and I just don’t want to wait!

Give the recipe a try, and comment if you loved it! And for goodness sake, go get a Sam’s Club membership!

 

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Berry & Jam Toast


My mornings are valuable time. What happens between the time I wake up and the time I make it to work, sets the scene for the rest of my day. If everyday were perfect, it would start out with my Plexus Slim (this stuff really gets me going y’all), a nice sun salutation yoga flow, then off for a hot shower. I would then begin a yummy breakfast, and have my morning coffee. But lately, my morning seem like a circus act, and I’m the chick juggling 4 flaming torches! Not pretty.

This morning was different though. I got up in just enough time to do all the above and still have time to take some pictures of my amazing breakfast before scarfing it down and heading off to work!

Today I fixed a strawberry & jam toast with cream cheese and local honey, and boy oh boy was it good! I think even the pickiest eaters would be tempted by this one! It really is super simple! It can be made with a variety of fresh fruits, however, I opted for strawberries and a blueberry and lemon jam that has been sweetened with honey!

I toasted two slices of Dave’s Killer Bread – Organic Powerseed, and spread on a layer of Arla Cream Cheese. I then heated 1 tablespoon of Smuckers Fruit and Honey – Blueberry and Lemon jam until it was a pour-able consistency (about 20-30 seconds). I drizzled that along the top of the cream cheese, along with some local honey. I sliced up 3 strawberries, arranged them on top of all that other goodness, and voila! I had myself some good looking toast!

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You can always prepare your own “jam” topping by bringing blueberries, a bit of water, and some honey to a boil, then drizzling it along the top! I had to opt for something a little quicker this morning, but will be trying this method soon!

I’m thinking a berry blend would be a perfect topping for this berry & jam toast! You might also try a blueberry and mint combination! Also, you could swap out the jam for some peanut butter, and top with sliced bananas, pecans, and honey!

I’m loving the combinations featured in this post on BlogLovin! I never thought toast could be that pretty…

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Try making it your own, and let me know what you’ve decided was your favorite!

 

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Bananas, nuts, and bread oh my…

Growing up, the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven was one I cherished. My mother was always making her signature banana nut or zucchini bread for family gatherings or just for the three of us to devour at home.

When the bananas we’d purchased a little too long ago would start to ripen, mom would throw them in the freezer until she was ready to bake. So, a few days ago when I noticed the bananas in my fruit bowl getting a little too dark, that’s exactly what I did. And although my mother would leave them in there a few days, I couldn’t stand the temptation. I HAD to bake some banana bread right THEN. But not just any banana bread… I knew I had to find some kind of recipe that still took my healthy eating into account, but still tasted just a delightful as my moms.

I began scouring Pinterest, and stumbled across this AH-MAZING looking banana bread recipe from Cookie+Kate and just couldn’t pass it up! By the way folks, Kate’s cookbook is a must have for any health-minded or vegetarian eater.  I’m certainly no vegetarian, but I sure do love her recipes!

I love that Kate’s recipe is made with whole-wheat flour and has NO refined sugar added!  Although her recipe calls for local honey, I opted for 1/3 cup of agave nectar, which I seem to be obsessed with lately. I also added in lots of my own goodies including pecans, coconut shavings, and Philosophie Cacao Magic Superfood Protein! With just ONE tablespoon, this protein powder packs ten times the antioxidants of green tea, more magnesium than 3 cups of broccoli, and more calcium than a glass of milk! Crazy, I know.

Now remember, if you added lots of mix-ins like I did, your bread may need to bake for a little longer. Just pop it back in the oven, set the timer for another 5 minutes, and test it with a toothpick once it’s back out!

Now for the best part… the recipe!

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To print the recipe, just right click, and choose “Print Picture”!

* Remember, there are tons substitutions for many of these ingredients to easily make this recipe vegan, gluten free, or even grain free! Just do some research to find the best substitutions for you! *

I hope you enjoy this banana nut bread as much as I did, and be sure to comment to let me know what you think!

 

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