Roasted chickpeas

I absolutely love chickpeas because they are so versatile. I was looking for healthy snacks (so I can cut down on the junk food) and found a recipe for roasted chickpeas.  I can’t remember where I found it but there are several recipes online.

It’s really easy though. I mean, I hate to cook but if I am willing to make it, trust me, it’s easy LOL.  All you need is a can of chickpeas, some olive oil, and salt. You can also add whatever type of spice you want to add.  Toss the ingredients together and bake at 350 for around 40 minutes. I think I actually baked mine for 50 minutes because I wanted them extra crispy. I didn’t take a pic of them though because I ate most of them within like 20 minutes lol.  I did share a few with Rhiannon and Will (the hubby).  Rhiannon loves them but Will is just kinda “eh” about them. He’s kind of picky anyway. Oh and my youngest, Trey, will not eat them at all. He’s picky as well. He will eat hummus (which is made from chickpeas) but he’s never seen anyone make it before so he’s not convinced that’s a main ingredient in it lol.  I’m still looking for other ways I can incorporate chickpeas in my diet though because they are really healthy (not to mention tasty too!)

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Not exactly a resolution but….

I didn’t really make a resolution to lose weight, but I know I need to. For my weight to be a healthy weight, I’d have to grow probably 6 inches. So, since that’s not gonna happen, I have to get rid of the extra weight.  I’m not overweight enough for any kind of weight loss surgery so I have to do it the old fashioned way. I’m trying to walk at least 3 times a week for around 45-50 min (that’s usually around 3 miles).  I alternate those days with lifting weights.  I’m not sure if this is the kind of workout schedule I need, but it’s better than nothing.  I’m also trying to drink a lot more water (by the way, how do you do that without having to go to the bathroom every 5 min?). Water is definitely not my beverage of choice, but I know it’s healthier than other types of drinks.  I’m also really trying to think before I just mindlessly snack.  Most of the time, I snack because I’m bored.  Since I work from home, that’s really easy to do because food is always available.  I don’t keep a lot of junk food in the house but I have kids so I do have stuff like chips.  I just have to stay away from it.  I bought a block of sharp cheddar cheese to snack on. Now, I realize it’s high in fat..etc. But it does have nutritional value, unlike chips.  And I eat far less of the cheese than I do the chips because it fills me up.  So I think it’s a healthier food choice.

Another thing that keeps me from losing weight is my scale. I will weigh myself everyday and get mad if I haven’t lost any weight. I know I shouldn’t weight myself everyday and I’m going to try to start only weighing myself once a week. I have never been able to stick to any kind of diet.  So that’s why I’m trying to just watch what I eat and drink more water.  Eating has become a hobby for me and it’s not a hobby I want to continue.  I just wish it was as easy to lose weight as it is to gain it!

 

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Chess Pie…yum!

My sister wants me to make a Chess pie (or as we call it in the South, cornmeal pie). I made one last year and it was a little too runny. So I’ve been looking for different cornmeal pie recipes online trying to find one that will work. This is the one I tried today and oh my, it turned out wonderful!
It’s pretty simple to make and the baking time really makes a difference!
So, even if you’re not southern, I think you’ll still enjoy this delicious dessert!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chess-pie/

1/2 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla together. Mix in the eggs, then stir in the cornmeal, evaporated milk and vinegar until smooth.
3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C) for 40 minutes. Let cool. Cut and top servings with whipped cream.

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Good ol southern cooking

I have got to take a few minutes out today and write a grocery list. I usually try to make a menu so I don’t overspend at the grocery store. We have eaten out twice this week (which is a lot for us) so we still have some things left in the freezer/fridge.  I don’t really know what I’m going to cook next week, but I know I am in the mood for some good ol peas and cornbread. I grew up eating that and I was not fat as a kid.  I love good southern food.  I like the fried stuff too , but in moderation.  My daughter will pretty much eat anything. But my boys, including my husband can be quite picky. I still haven’t figured out how to get my youngest to eat any sort of vegetable other than french fries. The only vegetable my oldest will eat is butter beans.  My husband is not as picky as they are, but there are still certain things he turns his nose up at.  But sometimes I can get him to try new foods and he actually likes them.  However, I still can’t get him to try any sort of greens.

That’s another thing I could eat every day with cornbread. Greens.  In the south, collard, mustard, and turnip greens are a common dish.  I don’t really care for the kind out of the can, or the frozen ones for that matter. The best ones are fresh from the garden.  We usually cook them with a little bit of salt, a bit of sugar(if they are bitter) and some bacon.  Actually, we flavor a lot of our veggies with bacon. I know my family does anyway LOL.  I have substituted beef bullion if I don’t have any bacon though. It’s not quite as good but better than nothing.

All this talk about southern food has made me really hungry! I think I may just plan a good ol southern meal for Sunday.  I think I may have to fix some baked pork chops (again, I try to stay away from fried stuff) , collard greens, peas, and cornbread.  I would share my cornbread recipe, but I wouldn’t know where to begin. I never measure when I make my cornbread because I make it from memory.  I just dump everything into a bowl and add cornmeal/milk until I get the consistency that I want.  I can tell you though to make sure you cook it in a seasoned cast iron pan. Cornbread just tastes better that way.

If you’re southern, what are some of your favorite things to cook?  And if you’re not southern, feel free to share some of your favorite recipes as well :).

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