Balsamic Roast Chick Peas

Thanks to yesterday’s comments, I know I have some really clean readers! Score! Three cheers for healthy hand-washing!

I have another fun recipe to share with you guys!

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Here’s a preview…details soon.

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I <3 COFFEE!

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I had a granola bar for a quick breakfast this morning.

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Funny how my eats revolve around homemade granola bars when I have them. They’re so irresistible!

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Now…on to the kitchen experiment!

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Take some Italian spices…

add balsamic vinegar

EVOO

salt + (cayenne) pepper

and VOILA!

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Balsamic Roasted Chick Peas!

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These are great to snack on in general…

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…to replace popcorn

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…to replace croutons on salads (or just to add to salads in general)….

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…to bring to potlucks

or any other yummy way!

Balsamic Roast Chick Peas
 
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Roasted chickpeas make a great snack, potluck dish, or salad topper…among other things. They’re easy, affordable, and pretty healthy. Hope you like them as much as I do!
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Recipe type: Snack
Ingredients
  • 1 18-ounce chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1½ tbsp EVOO
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp rosemary
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • dash garlic powder
  • dash cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Combine all ingredients except chick peas and whisk till emulsified.
  3. Add chick peas and stir to chick peas are well coated.
  4. Spread chick peas evenly in the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway
  6. Enjoy!

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Lunch = a GIANT salad with baby spinach, baby lettuce, farmers market bell pepper, organic celery, hemp seeds and Italian dresing.

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Plus leftover black beans and rice from dinner last night.

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I couldn’t resist some doughnut holes hubby picked up for me today. I knew I shouldn’t eat it before my workout (even though it was a few hours away), but I couldn’t resist. :)

I know some people I work out with even eat fast food for lunch before an evening workout, but I get pretty particular about what I eat any time during the day when I have a big workout ahead. I try to avoid fast food and sodas (neither of which I eat much anyways) and sweets (sad face) before a workout. Especially 2-3 hours before, I try to eat light food that is easy to digest. Well, actually, it used to be I tried to avoid bad foods, but thanks to Thrive and Brendan Brazier, I’m starting to focus on easy-to-digest eats before workouts.

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THanks to my twitter friends, I decided to wear pink pants tonight.

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Bailey had other plans for my pants as he stretched…

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…and then got comfy on them.

Too bad I had to kick him off so I could teach class tonight!

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Don’t worry, he found another comfy spot on the couch.

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Half a homemade granola bar made a great pre-workout snack – esp with all those dates!

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I packed up 3 to freeze for later.

Hubby and I have been enjoying the bars so much, though, they’re not going to last long.

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Anywho, got my pink zumba pants on and it was time for class.

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I think I’m slowly starting to get the hang of putting together a good playlist. What I need to work on next is upping my stamina so I can make the playlist hard without passing out on my class! :lol:

Fave songs from tonight’s playlist:

  • I’m in Miami Trick (I did this one at HLS!)
  • Church
  • What Is It

Guess I was in a hi hop mood tonight!

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The Return of Project Hydrate

If you missed the last Project Hydrate, I’ve teamed up with No Fizz Clt to have another Project Hydrate Challenge – 60 at 60!

If you want to get better about your hydration, then join the challenge. It’s fun and free and will go on for 60 days – from September 1st (tomorrow!) to October 31st!

Click here for details

The challenge starts tomorrow! :)

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Are you strict on what you eat before a workout? What “rules” or guidelines do you typically follow the day, afternoon or even hour before a workout?

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Comments

  1. says

    Well lately I haven’t been eating before runs…Which is something I never used to do. Although, the past couple days I HAVE been eating an hour or so before and I just feel slower. I also love thinking about my breakfast my entire run. Maybe I run faster knowing breakfast is awaiting at the finish line;)

    Anywho, I can’t eat heavy before a work out. Banana with peanut butter has been the best thing I have found for sustained energy.

  2. says

    Yum, I love roasted garbonzo beans!

    I’m in Miami Trick, that was so fun at HLS, you are SO good at zumba *obv* it’s so fun to have your workout *calling*.. for me its hot yoga. Funny about bailey and the pants!

    Your homemade granola bars look delish!!

  3. says

    Oh yes! If have anything really greasy or heavy, my workouts really suffer and are even more grueling than I already make them. I try to not have too many breads or pasta and rely mostly on fruit and veggies to hold me over. The other day I had some tortilla chips and salsa an hour before my run and the pain it caused was not worth the glory of those chips :)

  4. says

    Haha I am pretty strict on what I eat most of the time ;) It is food I like though, so it works for me. Fast food and stuff like that just doesn’t appeal to me. It makes me feel gross and greasy.

  5. says

    What a fantastic recipe. I need to get back into Chic Peas again. Last year, I went through a phase of roasting all different kinds but I’ve stopped for awhile. I’ve never tried balsamic though. Great idea!

  6. says

    I love the pink pants. And zumba pants always look so comfortable and fun to wear. I think putting them on would almost have to put you in a better mood.

  7. says

    i used to be particular about what i ate before a workout/meet in HS and college. but now that i run in the AM most days i don’t eat anything before i run. i need to eat at least 1 hr before working out so i don’t want to get up at 5 am or before :)

  8. says

    I’m excited to try this chickpea recipe. I tried the last one you posted and it was great. My hubby liked them too – especially after I told him they were a decent source of protein.

  9. Alex says

    Diana,

    First of all, great blog.

    Second, I am looking to purchase my first pet and your Corgi is adorable. Really thinking about getting a Corgi, do you have any suggestions or advice?

    Thanks!

    Alex

    • says

      Hi Alex,

      Of course I do!

      First of all…corgis are the cutest EVER puppies so if you see one, you’ll probably have a hard time letting go.

      There are 2 types: pembroke and cardigan. The caridgans are a little larger and generally have long tails, while the pembrokes have no or docked tails. I’m not familiar with any other differences between the two, but there may be.

      In general, they’re very good dogs. They’re smart and well-mannered, in general.

      Bailey really likes learning new tricks and having activities and responsibilities. It’s one of the reasons we trained him to “get the mail” and “get the paper”. They’re pretty easy to train.

      He also really likes going for walks and being outside.

      Happy corgi shopping!
      :) D
      :) Diana

  10. Sarah says

    Yay for project hydrate! I’m in. Also can’t wait to try your recipe for the chickpeas. Nom!

    PS – Bailey is so freakin’ cute! :-D

  11. Trang says

    So it’s day 1, the night is almost over and I’ve just drank about 40oz. of water. Aside from the weekly SBUX latte run, few glasses of milk, and all natural juice (pom), all I drink all day IS water. I figured 60oz is nothing. I can do this. Let me tell you, boy, was I ever wrong. It’s a freakin’ lot more water tha I thought it was. Tomorrow I’m gonna pace myself more and get my drink on! Kinda like happy hour back in the day way back when?…

    BTW, I’ve gotta try that chickpea recipe and that granola one too(you posted the recipe in prev post right)?

      • trang says

        I’ll definitely make them both one of these days and let you know how it turns out. As far as the water challenge..so far, so good. I’ve been avg between 50-60oz a day (made 60oz 2 days). Thanks for asking!

  12. says

    So… I decided to create a blog. I’ve just been playing with it so far. I need a really good camera so can take better pictures. The first ones I took were awful.

    This recipe looks so good and it is soooo easy– that is my kid of cooking. I love chickpeas, though, so this sounds really good.

    I am going to have to look up your granola recipes…

  13. says

    Oh, wow! Those Balsamic Roasted Chick Peas look really awesome!!!!!!! Can you believe that I never ever tasted chick peas before? Man, am I missing out on life or what? :)
    We don’t eat it in Romania, but it’s def. on my shopping list now!

    Oh, and I looove spices too! They make life so much more exciting, don’t you think? :)

    Ѽ HefiA

  14. says

    just thought i’d let you know that i made these this weekend for my family & they were amazing!! my mom is now making a double batch to take to a party next weekend. :) now, i have to make them for my husband so he can enjoy the goodness. thanks for the recipe, diana!

  15. sarah says

    Diana. Question regaurding roasted chick peas… how do you store them? I made them (ate a lot in the process) and stored the rest in a zip-lock and now they are all soggy! any advice???? maybe re-roast??

    • says

      Interesting! I stored mine in a tupperware and used some the next day on a salad. I wonder why they’re soggy. Do you think they spoiled? Have you kept them in the bag for long? If they aren’t spoiled, I’m sure re-baking would help them dry out. :)

  16. says

    I was destined to read this post…
    I love popcorn, post about it tons
    I love roasted chickpeas, i have all kinds of creations..mine involve heavy use of brown sugar and peanut flour :)
    And i make my own granola bars too!

    I need to start following you more…b/c we think alike on our food!

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