Breakfast, Dinner, Gluten Free Vegan, Grain Free, Lunch, Snacks

THE best Seasoned Roasted Chickpeas

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Two words perfectly describe this healthy snack- addictive + delicious!

These roasted lil chickpeas are full of yummy savory flavor! Basically they’re little bombs of flavor!!! Think nacho cheese Doritos in the form of garbanzo beans except BETTER! !!

Really, it’s a shame I’ve had this recipe up my sleeve for almost a year now before I thought/remembered to post it (guilty). My apologies, y’all. Once you try these super easy to make chickpeas you will be thankful I finally posted it. This is just one of those addictingly good, and good for you snacks you will want over and over again. I’ve had many, many roasted/crunchy chickpeas in my day and my recipe is by far the best one of them all, honest to goodness 😇, and I’ve had testers! They’re so good I almost always eat the entire batch in one sitting (not guilty). The tomato powder is the secret ingredient thats takes these Chickpeas over the top, although they’re delish without it.

Roasted chickpeas have been trending for some time now, and for good reason. They’re super good for you. I’m talking like, one of the healthiest foods in the world good for you! I recently read somewhere about a long term study conducted over 10 years or more that documented the worlds healthiest people, their lifestyles, including and especially what they ate. Chickpeas were a mainstay in many of the cultures studied (it was b/w 5-10 overall, I believe).

Chickpeas aka garbanzo beans are known for being a high satiety, energy giving food that’s full of fiber and protein. Two cups of chickpeas equals your entire daily requirement for fiber, which promotes heart health by lowering cholesterol (the bad kind). “65-75% of the fiber found in garbanzo beans is insoluble fiber, and this type of fiber remains undigested all the way down to the final segment of your large intestine” – The Worlds Healthiest Foods. In addition, they have other properties which may help digestive troubles. This makes chickpeas a good option for people like myself with gastroperesis and other digestive issues. (If you have GP, I’d advise you not to eat too much, since chickpeas are a bit higher in carbs than other beans, and personally I’ve found too many carbs flare up my GP & POTS)

If you haven’t had nutritional yeast yet, well, better late than never 🙂
Nutritional yeast, despite it’s name is not actually yeast. Therefore it is ACD diet/anti candida friendly. It has a slightly nutty, slightly tangy cheesy flavor that goes with oh so many things. Pretty much anywhere you’d find cheese in a recipe, you could sub it with nutritional yeast. It should be a staple in every vegans pantry, and for most it is.

Here are some more facts about the health benefits of nutritional yeast.
Nutritional yeast happens to be a complete protein and contains 18 essential amino acids. It’s high in B vitamins, including thiamine, folate, B-6 and niacin. Just 1/2 a tbsp of some brands will provide you with a day’s worth of B vitamins, while other brands offer between 30 and 100 percent of the B vitamins. – Live Strong. Who says you can’t get B’s from plant Based foods?!?! B’s increase energy and help your body in producing RBC’s, or should I say red blood cells for all my non spoonie readers. It packs a pretty decent dose of iron, selenium and zinc too.

So are those enough reasons to fall head over heels in love with my roasted chickpea recipe, or what 💁


THE Best Seasoned Cheezy Roasted Chickpeas

Vegan, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Sugar-free, Nut-free, Soy-free

Yield: ~2 cups

Ingredients:

•15-16oz (~2 cups) chickpeas, cooked or canned (bpa-free)
•1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
•2 heaping tbsp nutritional yeast
•1-1 1/2 tsp paprika
•1-1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
•1 tsp tomato powder, optional
•1/2-1 tsp onion powder
•1/4-1/2 tsp chili powder
•1 tsp salt, or to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lay out your drained chickpeas to dry on a kitchen towel for at least an hour (I usually let mine sit for 2-3 hours). Once chickpeas have dried a bit, but not totally dry, they’re ready.
In a small-medium bowl mix together all your ingredients (except for salt) starting with the oil, and finishing with the chickpeas. Stir and toss to coat.
Lay out chickpeas in an even later on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 26 minutes.

Salt your chickpeas, toss, and allow to cool fa bit (this is the hard part!). Enjoy!

Note- store these in an air tight cobtainer in the fridge. To enjoy again reheat for 5 minutes  at 350 degrees. If you prefer extra crunch you Chickpeas bake them @ 375 F for a slightly less time.

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Bread, Gluten Free Vegan, Lunch

Save-The-Tuna! Salad Sandwich

 

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This plant based tuna salad is as equally delicious as it is healthy.

It’s 5 in the morning and I’ve been laying awake with painsomnia and restless legs so I decided I may as well put myself to good use and share this yummy recipe. Afterall, I’ve been meaning to share it for quite some time now.

My Save-The-Tuna has always been a major hit, almost everyone who tries it wants the recipe ^__^  I’ve made this recipe numerous occasions, and shared with friends and family and everyone just gobbles it up!

I gotta admit to you, I’ve only eaten an actual tuna fish sandwich once in my life, at age 7, but I never forgot how flavorful and enjoyable it was, of course not enough to start eating animals ; ) I was a vegetarian even then at such a young age, but what I didn’t know about mercury poisoning, and now on top of that, over-fishing has become a serious crisis were facing with the world population growing so rapidly. Now adays our oceans are more polluted than ever, with every fish being considered toxic to one degree or another.

Anyhoo, about 20 years later and I finally taste the amazing flavorful explosion again…only this time it’s waaaay better since it’s 100% cruelty free, and toxin-free!!! Enjoy this as a sandwich, or as a salad, which is great too. I often eat it as a healthy breakfast salad, it’s a great start to any day.

Don’t wait any longer before you try this compassionate alternative to the traditional tuna salad and you will be happy you did! ❤

The Case Against Eating Fish


Save-The-Tuna! Salad Sandwich/Chickpea Of The Sea

Vegan, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Grain-Free optional

Yield: 2-4 servings/sandwiches

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups chickpeas, cooked and drained (3/4 cup dry, or 1 15oz can chickpeas, uncooked and drained)
1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 1/2-3 tbsp dill relish
1/2 tbsp yellow mustard
2 slices of vegan, gluten-free bread, optional

Suggested add ins – seaweed/kelp (for a “fishy”/sea taste), celery, onion, kale/lettuce, nutritional yeast, old bay seasoning

Instructions:

Soak dry chickpeas in purified/distilled water overnight, or around 8 hours. Drain and rinse with fresh purified/distilled water. Cook for at least 1 hour, or until tender and skin is just starting to come off. Drain and allow to cool. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor (be sure not to over proceess or your chickpeas will turn into liquid! Of course, you could always mash chickpeas and mix by hand, as an alternative. and serve between 2 slices of your favorite gluten-free bread and enjoy!