Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas, Strawberry Overnight Oats, Cabbage Fat Burning Soup, Slow Cooker BBQ Beef with Black Bean Casserole, Chicken Teriyaki with Broccoli: recap







Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas


I wanted to try something that was sweet but that would also curb my snacking tendencies. I combined 3 recipes to make it my own thing, no surprise right?

This seasoning and baking: http://www.pastryaffair.com/blog/2011/11/5/honey-cinnamon-roasted-chickpeas.html This note on cooking the chickpeas after soaking them: http://www.picklesnhoney.com/2012/01/10/baked-bbq-chickpeas/


These were ok. I don’t think I baked/roasted them as long as I should have because a couple of them were burning. So they aren’t that crisp. I may try again someday.


Have you done this successfully? Any tips?


Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas
  • 1-2 Cups dry chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. Place dry chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with water with at least one inch of water above the beans- they will soak it up!
  2. Leave the beans soaking in the water for 24 hours
  3. Drain beans and transfer to a medium pot and cover with water again
  4. Bring beans and water to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes
  5. Drain and lay out on a towel to cool and dry for about ½ hour- remove any skins but its not necessary to remove from all of them, just the loose ones
  6. Preheat oven to 375 and line a sided baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil
  7. Combine cinnamon, sugar and oil in bowl and then add beans and stir until thoroughly coated
  8. transfer coated beans to prepared cookie sheet
  9. bake 35-40 minutes until desired crunchiness- be sure to taste test to make sure they aren't still soft in the center. but be careful to not burn too many.
  10. Immediately transfer hot beans to a bowl with the honey in it and stir to coat.
  11. transfer back to the cookie sheet to dry and cool
  12. store in airtight container at room temperature



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Strawberry Overnight Oats


This recipe makes very soggy/watery oats. The recipe I’ve made before with yogurt and almond milk was thicker straight from the fridge. I tried this because I have yogurt in my morning smoothie and didn’t feel the need for more yogurt in my diet.


I will try this recipe with less almond milk next time to see if that helps. I had these oats for lunch during the work week which was tasty and filling but unfortunately overall my meal planning this week wasn’t quite enough protein for my liking.



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Cabbage Fat Burning Soup


This did not fit into the pot I used. It may or may not have overflowed a little. hee hee


The soup is good though. I can’t speak to the fat burning qualities because I didn’t eat it for every meal but it was a good soup. I have more in the freezer for future eating which is nice. I definitely added hot sauce to each bowl though.








Slow Cooker BBQ Beef




with Black Bean Casserole


Make these 2 dishes immediately. So. Good.


The beef was tender and super flavorful. I reserved some of the bottled BBQ thinking I would need to add it to the cooked/shredded beef but it was already so flavorful. The black bean casserole ended up being a Kidney Bean and Brown Rice casserole because I apparently can’t read canned good labels successfully in the store. Another super flavorful recipe that paired really well with the beef.


These 2 recipes lasted most of the week for Joe- and I had a couple portions too.








Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki with Broccoli


I added the broccoli to the crock pot and it was a nice addition. I also had leftover brown rice from the earlier rice casserole so that went with this dish. This is a really good teriyaki slow cooker recipe.





Overall I don’t like focusing on my food consumption in a diet-like manner so this week’s cooking felt more chore-like than fun. Luckily there were plenty of successful dishes to make up for it. Now I need to rethink and re-calibrate my eating so it feels less diet-like but still gears towards my fitting into that dang dress.

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