Chili Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

chili flavored crispy roasted chickpeas

Chili flavored crispy roasted chickpeas is one of my family’s favorite snacks. It’s highly addictive, and it’s super easy to make.

To make sure the chickpeas get crispy, it does require planning ahead.

The secret to really crispy chickpeas: Rinse your chickpeas, then lay them out flat on a towel to dry. They need to dry overnight, or for about 8 hours.

You’ll know they are dry when some of the skins start separating from the chickpeas.

dry chickpeas to get them crispy

Once your chickpeas are dry, make sure you get them well coated with the oil and spices. Having them well seasoned makes them finger-licking good.

coat chickpeas with seasoning

Chickpeas are great roasted with a variety of flavors, but this chili combination is our family favorite. It’s not unlike the taste of a Dorito – minus the cheese.

Speaking of Doritos, we serve these in place of chips. They are definitely healthier, yet the taste is just as addictive!

Doritos Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas well. Spread out on a tea towel and allow to completely dry out.
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl. Toss with olive oil until well coated.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together spices. Add to the chickpeas and toss again.
  5. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 30-40 minutes, stirring halfway through cook time.
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Once you get the process of making crispy roasted chickpeas down, experiment with your favorite flavors. Then let us know what your favorite flavor combination is in the comments!

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Cleansing Green Juice Recipe Made in the Blender

Cleansing Green Juice Made in the Blender

This cleansing green juice recipe can be made right in your blender: No fancy equipment required!

Making green juice at home is an excellent way to boost your energy levels by providing your body with nutrient-dense antioxidant-packed foods.

Lemon and ginger are key to cleansing the body. Ginger works on your digestive system while lemon alkalizes the body and boosts your immune system.

The result is a drink that makes you feel great and provides an instant energy boost!

You won’t need a fancy juicer to make this juice. Your blender will be able to handle the job.

Cleansing Green Juice Blender

The trick is to keep adding liquid (in this case your liquid is coconut water) a little at a time as you blend. Too little liquid, and your blender will get jammed up.

Once your ingredients are broken down, you’ll press them through a sieve.

Strain Green Juice

This step makes the juice less pulpy. If you don’t mind the pulp, skip this step! The added fiber will help keep you full longer.

Green Juice Pulp

Instant Energy: Cleansing Green Juice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed red kale leaves, tough stems removed
  • 1 cup packed spinach leaves
  • 1 large sweet apple (I used Gala)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 - 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Quarter the lemon, remove seeds, peel and set aside.
  2. Chop apple, remove seeds and set aside.
  3. Add the cold water to a powerful blender, followed by the kale, spinach, apple, lemon and ginger.
  4. Pulse to break down the ingredients.
  5. Blend on high until smooth, adding coconut water as needed to liquefy the ingredients. (I used about 3/4 cup).
  6. Pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer a little at a time. Use the back of a spoon to press the juice out of the pulp. Discard pulp and repeat until all the juice is strained.
  7. Rinse the strainer and pour all of the juice back through it one last time.
  8. Serve immediately or cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours.
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That’s all there is to it! Give your body a week of green juice and you’ll find you feel better than ever!

Instant Energy Cleansing Green Smoothie Recipe

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Homemade Baked Strawberry Donut Recipe with a Hint of Orange

Homemade Baked Strawberry Donuts with a hint of Orange

Happy National Donut Day!

Instead of hurrying out and buying a box of “Fat Pills” (as we call them in our house), why not try out this homemade baked strawberry donut recipe with a hint of orange?

I won’t lie and tell you this is a health food recipe. However, these donuts are made with real ingredients such as whole grains, real fruit puree and natural sweetener. Then, they are baked, instead of fried, which definitely saves your waistline.

Each of these donuts has about 184 calories. Compare that to a Frosted Dunkin Donuts Strawberry Dream Donut at 360 calories!

That should be your incentive to invest in some baked donut pans. They don’t take up much room in the cupboard and they are super useful for satisfying your donut cravings in a healthy way.

Traditionally, I’ve made this recipe with orange zest. However, I didn’t happen to have an orange on hand when I got the craving to make these.

That’s when I remembered I had a bottle of wild orange essential oil.

Wild Orange 15ml

I substituted 3 drops of the wild orange for the orange zest and the recipe turned out amazing!

In the recipe, I’ve included the recipe for the glaze I used on these donuts. Truthfully? It made the donuts on the sweet side for me. But the kids? They LOVED it!

Mind you, I still ate the donuts with the glaze. I just found that a cup of coffee was the PERFECT accompaniment!

Homemade Baked Strawberry Donut Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups halved strawberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons orange rind or 3 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup organic all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a blender.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Pour in strawberry mixture and stir just until combined.
  4. Spoon batter into baked donut pan. Recipe makes 12 donuts.
  5. Bake at 400 for 10 - 15 minutes. Donuts are done when they spring back when lightly touched.
  6. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  7. Once cool, you can choose to glaze them with a mixture of 3 strawberries blended with 1 cup organic powdered sugar.
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With the calories you are saving by baking your own donuts, may I suggest you have one for breakfast and one mid-afternoon?

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Bunny Cups a Healthy Snack for Easter Party Fun!

Bunny Cups a Healthy Snack for Easter Party

Are you looking for a healthy snack for Easter party fun?

These bunny cups are a nice alternative to all the sweets and treats that pop up this time of year.

Layered in a glass cup, this snack is supposed to resemble the “dirt” dessert that is so popular. Instead of layering chocolate pudding and chocolate cookies, this “dirt” is made from healthy hummus with a layer of ground nuts.

I like to make my hummus from scratch, and have linked to my favorite recipe. If you are strapped for time, just pick up a tub from the grocery store.

Bunny Cup Ingredients:

1 recipe zucchini hummus or a 7 ounce container purchased hummus
1 package organic baby carrots
1 cup finely ground almonds
Celery leaves

Directions:

  1. Using a spoon, fill a clear cup with hummus.
  2. Use a spoon to shake a layer of ground almonds over the top of the hummus.
  3. Take the pointed end of a knife and hollow out a small hole in the top of a baby carrot.
  4. Carrot with hole in top for bunny cup recipe

  5. Careful fill the hole with a small bit of hummus. Then, stuff the carrot hole with a celery leaf. (This step is optional)
  6. Celery Leaf in Baby Carrot

  7. Serve with additional carrots or your favorite whole grain chips for a delicious and nutritious treat!

The size of your glasses will determine how many bunny cups this recipe makes.

Make sure to serve with additional baby carrots since the dipping is so much fun!

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How to Freeze Cooked Brown Rice

How to Freeze Cooked Brown Rice

I love brown rice, but I hate how long it takes to cook it.

Most meals I prepare are prepped and done in 30 minutes. What can I say? I like quick and easy.

Waiting an hour for brown rice to cook just doesn’t fit in with my cooking style.

That’s why I’ll set aside a day to cook a double batch of brown rice and then freeze it.

This not only saves me time when I need to get dinner on the table, but it saves me money. Have you seen the price of prepackaged frozen brown rice? Ridiculous!

I use Alton Brown’s method to cook the brown rice. It turns out perfect every time. If you’ve never baked your brown rice before, give it a go! I think you’ll be pleased with the results.

Once you’ve cooked your brown rice, it is time to freeze.

How to Freeze Cooked Brown Rice

Step 1: Spread your cooked brown rice out on a large rimmed baking sheet to cool.

Cooked Brown Rice

HINT: If you add a tablespoon or two of water to the bottom of the pan, it helps keep the rice from sticking.

Step 2: Once your rice is cool, transfer it to a freezer safe container.

Portioning Cooked Brown Rice

Here’s what I do:

I like to use the plastic freezer safe jars. I get them here because I can use a 20% off coupon and they are super cheap.

If you buy the smaller size jars, you can pack 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice in each jar. That seems to be the perfect amount for most recipes or for serving our family of 4 brown rice as a side dish.

freeze cooked brown rice

Step 3: You do not need to thaw the rice before reheating. To reheat rice from frozen, transfer the frozen rice to a glass container and microwave in 1-minute increments until rice is hot.

What I want you to know: I freeze my rice in plastic. They are BPA free, but they are plastic all the same.

Here’s the deal. I’ve had glass jar disasters in my freezer. So I use these plastic freezer safe jars. They are reusable and dishwasher safe – plastic bags are not.

I recommend you NEVER use plastic in the microwave. Always transfer your rice to a glass container before microwaving.

Hopefully using this method to freeze cooked brown rice will help you get dinner on the table quickly and easily!

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The Best Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffin Recipe

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The Best Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffins

This Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffin Recipe is one of my family’s favorite recipes. Packed with sweet and juicy fruit and made with whole wheat flour, these muffins are a healthy treat I love to bake for an after school treat.

The secret to a muffin that is actually good for you is to start with fresh and wholesome ingredients.

Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffins Ingredients

While this recipe is a whole wheat muffin recipe, you don’t want to use all whole wheat flour in your recipe. A blend of 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached organic all purpose flour will add the health benefits of whole wheat flour but it won’t weigh your muffin down.

If you are making this recipe in winter, it is perfectly alright to use frozen fruit. In fact, it will probably be cheaper. There’s no need to defrost the berries first, just stir them in!

I like to keep my freezer stocked with frozen fruit at all times. You never know when the mood for a muffin will strike. Be prepared for muffin attacks is my motto.

Since this is a recipe I make frequently for my family, I knew it was the perfect recipe to try with MELT® Organic Rich & Creamy Spread. MELT® Organic is a line of luscious, organic spreads made from healthy oils for butter lovers seeking a much healthier alternative, available in Rich & Creamy (original), Honey, and NEW Chocolate.

What appeals to me about MELT Organic is it is made from the Perfect Blend of “good fats” like Virgin Coconut and Flax Seed oils.

It also is a product I can feel good about using. It is Non-GMO certified, organic, and sources fair trade ingredients.

Melt Rich and Creamy Melts Like Butter

As you can see, MELT Organic melts just like butter, but with half the saturated fat and fewer calories.

But could MELT Organic pass my family’s taste test in one of their very favorite recipes?

The Best Cherry Berry Whole Wheat Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups organic unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Melt Organic Rich & Creamy, melted
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Place paper liners in 12 muffin cups.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
  4. Pour milk, eggs, and Melt into well and stir until well blended. Fold in blueberries, strawberries, and cherries.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each, three quarters full.
  6. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown and wooden pick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.
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Our Cherry Berry Muffins turned out beautifully and not one family member asked if there was something different about this batch of muffins. In fact, all they asked is if they could please have another one.

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Slow Cooker Cauliflower Mash: Low Calorie Mashed Potato Substitute

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Mash

Slow cooker cauliflower mash is one of my go-to side dish recipes.

However, it’s not one of those slow cook all day recipes. You cook the cauliflower on high for 4 hours.

This means I’ll throw the cauliflower in the slow cooker about the same time the girls get home from school.

Our afternoons are spent running from practices to events to doctor’s appointments to errands. Raising teens, I feel like my life gets thrown into high gear in the afternoon. We are often gone for so much of the afternoon, there is no time for dinner prep.

With the cauliflower in the slow cooker, it is nice and tender by the time we’re ready for dinner. I could serve it as is, but we adore cauliflower mash in our house.

Cauliflower is high in vitamin C and vitamin B-6 and low in calories. Turn it into a mash and you won’t miss the high calorie potatoes.

Of course, I do like to add a bit of butter and milk. These are optional ingredients. Try chives and green onions to get flavor with less calories.

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients

  • 5 cups cauliflower chopped into large florets
  • water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional: chives or green onions

Instructions

  1. Place cauliflower florets in a slow cooker. Add enough water to cover.
  2. Cook 4 hours on high.
  3. Drain water off cauliflower.
  4. Add to a food processor along with the milk and butter. Process until smooth.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Optional: Top with chives or green onions.
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Cauliflower Mash Low Calorie Mashed Potato Substitute

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