Garbanzo Bean Stir-Fry

This was one of those delicious dinners that simply involved throwing everything I had handy into a wok and cooking it.  Those are the best dinners!  Olive oil, onion, garlic, red pepper, spinach, garbanzo beans, and whole wheat pasta.  The whole family loved it, especially my daughter.  Hope you enjoy too!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 box whole wheat pasta

Directions:

  • Boil pasta separately and drain.
  • Heat olive oil in wok.  Add garlic and onion and cook for a couple minutes.
  • Add red pepper and cook for a couple minutes.
  • Add spinach, garbanzo beans, and cooked pasta.  Continue cooking until everything is cooked to your liking.
  • Enjoy!!!
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Garlic Hummus

Today seems to be the day for posting the end results to recipes I have been working on for some time.  I can’t even count how many batches of hummus I have made, but I am finally quite happy with my hummus recipe.  Hope you enjoy!

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Garlic Hummus

Ingredients:

whole garlic bulb

1/2 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 cans chick peas, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup tahini

2 lemons, juiced

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3 teaspoons cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

Directions:

  • Preheat over to 400 degrees. Cut top off garlic bulb. Wrap in foil, leaving the top open. Drizzle with about 1/4 teaspoon of the olive oil and sprinkle with a smidgen of the sea salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to a food processor, including the rest of the olive oil and sea salt from what was drizzled and sprinkled onto the garlic.  Process.
  • When garlic is done cooking, hold onto foil and squeeze so garlic comes out.  Squeeze into food processor and process until smooth.
  • Serve with raw vegetables such as cucumbers, carrots, and celery, or with corn or pita chips.
  • Enjoy!

Crockpot Cinnamon Oatmeal

A few weeks ago I went out to breakfast with some friends and I was so excited to get oatmeal!  I have posted before about my love of oatmeal, but lately, I just haven’t had time to make it on the stove.  Making it in the microwave is quick, but not even close to being as good.  I thought going out to eat, I could get some good, old-fashioned oatmeal!  So excited…

Welp, I ordered the “old-fashioned oatmeal” and even got to choose a couple toppings!  Baked apples and granola.  Now that is just sounding delicious.  Then, as I went to pay, I watched, right in front of my very eyes, the lady get my oatmeal together.  She took out a plastic, PLASTIC, bowl, scooped some dried oats in, put some water on, and stuck it in the microwave.  $5 for oatmeal and you are going to microwave it?!?!  AND, microwave it in PLASTIC!?  Everyone reading my blog has probably guessed how I feel about plastic.  I try to stay away from it as much as possible, I use glass leftover containers, glass water bottles , glass baby bottles, glass baby food jars, etc.  I’m even more opposed to plastic when something is warm.  Seems like the plastic will just leach into the food.

So, long story short, I really was shocked.  I couldn’t believe a restaurant would use microwaving as their method of cooking, especially with no shame, right in front of the customer.  With that being said, if they were microwaving in glass, I still would have eaten it, but been sad.  But, I can’t eat oatmeal microwaved in plastic.  I politely asked for a bagel instead.

Since that fateful day, I have really stepped up my efforts to develop a crockpot oatmeal recipe.  Something quick and easy that gives the great old-fashioned oatmeal taste.  Finally, about 10 batches later, I have it!  Cooking time is 3 hours so this works best for brunch on the weekend rather than a before work breakfast.  If you let it cook for 3 hours and then switch to warm for the rest of the night, it will burn, so don’t do this as an overnight recipe.

Hope you enjoy!  (And thanks for listening to my oatmeal story! :))

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Crockpot Cinnamon Oatmeal

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Black Bean Meatless Meatloaf

I heard something on NPR the other day about how the one common thread in societies that live really long is that they eat a lot of beans.  I haven’t researched this any further, and didn’t even listen to the entire story, but I’m going for it anyway.  I found a modified version of this recipe online and thought I’d give it a try.  It’s a black bean “meat”loaf.  A beanloaf (?) perhaps.  I’ll be honest, it wasn’t amazing and was a lot of work so I probably won’t make it again, but it’s fun to switch things up and try something new so I’m going to share it anyway.  It’s vegan and healthy and full of those delicious beans that might (if I correctly interpreted the 5 minutes of the story I heard correctly) help us all live longer!

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Black Bean Meatless Meatloaf

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