Sunday, August 23, 2015

Roasted Chickpeas aka Roasted Garbonzo Beans

I searched FOREVER for chickpeas! I had NO idea that chickpea was another name for garbonzo beans. Every store I went to I would peruse their canned vegetable aisle in hopes of finding the chickpeas to know avail until I was at Walmart picking up ingredients for banana splits. I walked down the canned vegetable aisle and there they were, in bold white font "Chickpeas" and below it in a slightly smaller font "garbonzos." I cannot explain the feeling I had when I realized chickpeas were garbonzo beans...

I bought two cans and the next day I made my son these roasted chickpeas aka garbonzo beans.


They were super easy to make and my son really enjoyed them.

Ingredients: 

1 can chickpeas, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, seasoning of choice (we went Mrs. Dash)


Directions:

Rinse and dry the chickpeas, put them in a container (with a lid) and add olive oil close and gently shake the container to coat the chickpeas. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet pop them in the oven at 400° for 30-40 minutes or until they are a golden color.
When they're finished roasting liberally coat with spices and enjoy them while they are still warm.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Cream Cheese and Cucumber Ritz Crackers

My son loves Ritz Crackers! Like go through an entire stay fresh package in under 30 minutes if they aren't put on a high shelf kind of love. We had a friend coming over for a play date so we whipped these guys up.



They were easy to make you just need a cucumber, whipped cream cheese, and Ritz Crackers.

Directions:
Peel the skin off the cucumber you can do this fully (like I did) or in strips to add contrast.
Slice the cucumber, then slice each cucumber slice in half.
Spread the cream cheese on the crackers making sure to add enough to keep the cucumber standing.
Add cucumbers and serve.



I think this recipe could easily change to a (sweetened) cream cheese with strawberries atop, for an after school snack.




Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ratatouille

My son loves the movie Ratatouille. I love the ratatouille dish from Disneyland, they sell it at the restaurant in New Orleans Square with the most amazing crispy bread. We don't have plans to visit Disneyland anytime soon, though we may go next year for our 5th wedding anniversary, it's where my husband proposed, and it's where we spent our honeymoon. Because we can't go to Disneyland I brought a little bit of Disneyland to my home by making Ratatouille just in time for our 4th wedding anniversary.


Recipe

Ingredients

1 Eggplant, sliced
1 yellow squash, sliced.
1 zucchini, sliced
2-3 tomatoes, sliced
2 garlic cloves, diced finely
1/2 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced,
1 small can, tomato sauce (in a pinch you can use a small amount of spaghetti sauce)
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil (or pour until your pan is covered)


Directions

In a large skillet pan add the olive oil, diced onions and garlic, allow to cook until onion begins to brown (do not burn). 
Add the bell peppers and cover the pan and allow to cook until the bell peppers begin to soften. 
Add tomatoes
Add the eggplant, zucchini, and squash, pour the tomato sauce over the vegetables, cover and simmer until the eggplant, zucchini, and squash are soft. 
Serve over rice, with crispy bread, or as a side with chicken.


As it is 4 years ago today that I married my husband I thought I would share two photos from our wedding day. The first is my husband and I right after getting married, our exit song was the Toy Story classic, "You've Got a Friend in Me." The second photo was actually candid, we were getting ready to take photos but decided to bustle the dress, as it turns out, it takes to bridesmaids and a maid of honor to bustle my dress. There was literally nothing I could do to help them so I gave my new husband a quick kiss.




 




Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Rotisserie Style Chicken in a Crockpot.

My local grocery store had whole chickens on clearance for $2.50! I bought two, one for dinner and one for the freezer... I would have bought more if I had a bigger freezer. After a bit of deliberation and perusing the internet I decided to try a rotisserie style chicken made in a slow cooker. It was so easy and turned out really well, that second chicken will be sent through the slow cooker the same way but then used in a cheesy chicken enchilada dish.


Rotisserie Style Chicken in a Crockpot

Ingredients:

1 whole chicken
2-3 T butter, softened
Spices of your choosing, I went simple with chili powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Lemon and onion (optional)

Directions:

Start by filling your Crockpot or slow cooker with aluminum foil balls, I found twisting it so it was long but thick used less foil but still covered the bottom of the slow cooker.




Clean out the inside of you chicken if you haven't already (most come with the neck and giblets inside the body cavity). I dislike the idea of touching the insides, if you feel the same, my trick is to wear a plastic food prep glove; I scoop the insides into my hand and then take the glove off by turning it inside out.

Cover your chicken with the butter, I like to get between the chicken meat and the skin you can do this by gently pulling the skin for the chicken.

Liberally spice the chicken with the Italian seasoning, paprika,  garlic powder and onion powder. If you want to add a bit of spice add the chili powder.

To increase the flavors you can add a quarter or two of onion, and a lemon cut in half to the inside of the chicken.

Place the chicken breast side down on the aluminum foil in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. Checking occasionally toward the end to see if it is done. A cooked chicken should read 165° at it's thickest point, I tend to put my meat thermometer in the fattest part of the chicken breast.

When it's done you can leave it in the crockpot to serve, or if you prefer to plate it gently lift it out of the slow cooker. It should be moist and meat may start to fall of the bones when you remove it. My photos were strategically taken to hide the wing that I accidentally ripped off when I was removing my chicken.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tic Tac, Tic Tac Toe

I love Tic Tacs, and I also love finding ways to keep my son entertained when we go out to a restaurant or waiting at an appointment. Enter my Tic Tac, Tic Tac Toe.



I removed the label from the container, and it came off very easily with no sticky mess. I then painted a base coat. When the base coat dried I added another coat. when that dried I painted on the game board. To finalize it and keep it from chipping when I toss it in my purse I added a final clear coat.


Tic Tac Toe is a great on the go game, it's a fairly easy game for younger kids and the Tic Tac container is the perfect travel game, plus it's got a small snack included.