Mar 15, 2011

Chick Peas and Kale


I had mentioned last post that I would be sharing two great recipes with you.  Here they are.  These are both super yummy snack foods and super healthy to boot!  Seriously the taste is phenomenal, I can't get enough of either!

First we have roasted chick peas.  I got the inspiration from Rebecca at 4Ever Cooking. (she's no longer blogging, sorry folks)  I've made them a few times now and they are a big hit at my house!

Basically I just open a can of chick peas, drain, rinse and toss them into a bowl.  I give them a good coating of olive oil from my olive oil sprayer and if you don't have one of these - GET ONE!  Seriously they are a staple of good cooking and healthy eating!  Okay where was I....right, spray the chick peas and toss with salt and any spices you might like.  I've done mine with salt, garlic powder and Spanish paprika.  Lay them out on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 40-45 minutes. 
What I love about these is the endless possibilities to flavour them.  Think, squeezing lime on them and adding some pepper, or add a couple of shakes of steak spice for a BBQ flavour or whatever strikes your fancy.  Experiment and let me know what you and your family like!


Next up is the surprising Kale Chips!

I have to admit I was skeptical when I read the recipe for these, I mean a green leafy vegetable posing as 'chips'....really?  But OH WOW!  These are fabulous...really, REALLY fabulous!

Get a big ol' bunch of kale.  Rip the leaves into pieces, again, coat with olive oil from your sprayer and toss with a bit of kosher salt (or any rock salt will do).  Spread them out on parchment lined cookie sheet (or two, depending on how much you make, they should be a single layer for best results).  Bake for 25-30 minutes at 300 degrees. Don't over cook, they should have the texture of a dried leaf - sounds appetizing, I know, but trust me these are soooo good!
These have to be my favourite munchy food right now...or at least on par with popcorn! ;)  The best part is that they are so loaded with calcium and other goodness, the experts say kale beats out spinach for nutrition! 


So there you go, two great recipes, tried and true, delicious and good for you too!  But really, give them a try and let me know what you think!  I love to hear your variations on them too!




Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Psalm 34:8






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5 comments:

  1. I can't wait to try these. But I'll be honest, I'm going with the chick peas first.

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  2. HAHAH, thanks for your honesty! ;) But really, the Kale chips are AWESOME!! Really!! :)

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  3. Ok, I'm going to try 'em. I'll bet I get a bag of kale from the farm today. I'll let you know.

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  4. Both sound yummy. I have chickpeas in my pantry just sitting there.

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  5. I just recently heard about the chickpea idea from somewhere else. THIS is a must-try!! thanks for the reminder!! can't wait.

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