Sunday, October 31, 2010

how I love chickpeas + goals for this week.

Oh, Garbanzo, let me count the ways I love thee.

You know, I vaguely recall a time when I didn’t like Chickpeas. To to be so young and unknowing…

Now, that I'm more grown up, even taste-wise, I love to cook Chickpeas based on how my Guyanese friend taught me to make it. It's so easy!

First: always use fresh seasonings!
Check out the beautiful colors:

Red – sweet peppers.
Green – three stalks of scallion.
White – chopped onion.
Center White- chopped garlic.
Orange- jamaican scotch bonnet pepper or whatever kind of pepper you’d like to use. 

Two cans of chickpeas: soak in water and then rinse after. Why? It’s seems like the appropriate sort of thing to do. And try not to eat too much garbanzos ;) Saving a few for the actual dish seems like a good idea.

Heat a frying sort of pan under medium heat. Or another sort of pan should work, too.

Layer pan with just enough olive oil or whatever-else-kind-of-oil.

(While I cooked, Paisley watched me. It was sort of romantic! Oh la la...)

When oil is hot, throw rainbow seasonings in.  Let seasonings soften and cook, while sniffing air for how especially lovely your kitchen now smells.

Then gently throw your chickpeas in, using a large spoon to mix everything together.

Add some salt to taste and something like this (below). Use large spoon to mix everything together.

Put a pot cover on and allow everything to cook together. I kept my heat on medium. This should take around five minutes, maybe less or more for you.  I'm guessing here, but if you overcook the beans may get too soft? Unless you like it soft?

That's it, folks.

The final product should be a little spicy and really flavorful. My family devoured this. I'm thinking that it would be great with a salad for a packed lunch.

Now, unto health goals for this week:

Fitness every day
- The gym five times: Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday
- The shred & Pilates DVD - Thursday. 

- Tracking & eating well.
-  1200 - 1500 calories.
-  Water, water, water. Maybe even tracking to make sure I drink enough.

I'll be working towards a much better week than last week. Look how focused I am!


Be well, friends.



TJ said...

I love CHICKPEAS! Looks good! YUM! I made a bean salad today to prepare for my week, it had chickpeas in it too! :)

Sonya @ Eyes on the Hourglass said...

Man, I'm totally going to try that out. Thanks for the easy recipe!

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

- I KNOW how much you love chickpeas, TJ.
- Yayyy, Sonya! :)

cmoursler said...

your food looks good, and your face looks focused. Have a great week Alexia.

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

haha. you, too, chris!
loved your last post, btw.

Ro said...

Loving that recipe....thanks
and you look super focused. here's to a positive week (raises coffee) :-)

Jess said...

I love chickpeas too. I'm a lot lazier than you though and have to use the canned kind. :) Gorgeous blog--love the header and photos!

Yum Yucky said...

Drooling now. Yes, indeed. I am. I want to get my kids to eat this.

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