Chickpeas & Kale with Spicy Peanut Sauce

I have often shied away from using legumes that require overnight soaking and hours of cooking–though I do believe this is a healthier choice than canned legumes (beans). I like to provide ways to save time when creating my recipes, but this time I decided to use dry chickpeas as they are on sale this…

Chickpea Salad

In this recipe I use ingredients that are commonly found in tuna salad. Vegenaise (reduced fat) and Just Mayo are usually my mayos of choice, but you can use any mayonnaise you like. The nutritional yeast adds flavor and protein to the dish. I like to coarsely mash the cooked chickpeas to have some texture. I…

Chickpea Patties

This recipe is a variation of Indian vada. You can use different varieties of legumes and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. The chickpeas make this dish reminiscent of falafel. It’s a healthier version since it’s baked rather than deep-fried. I serve it with my own “house” tahini dressing, which my friends and family…

Cumin-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

This is a simple snack recipe. Chickpeas are full  of fiber and protein–and are great for a nutritious, filling snack. Ingredients 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas/garbanzos, or equivalent cooked 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (or your favorite cooking oil) 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast ¾ teaspoon adobo seasoning (or to taste) ½ teaspoon cumin powder Preheat oven to…

Foods for Winter Blues

If you are like most people, the shorter daylight hours and dreary weather of winter can sometimes get you down. Less sunlight and fewer opportunities for outdoor exercise can combine to make you feel sluggish. But did you know you can improve the way you feel by eating certain natural foods? It’s true. In fact,…

Curry Spiced Garbanzos

I created this recipe at work yesterday, on the spur of the moment. It was for my “Savory Snacks” demo. The store is abounding with garbanzos right now, so I decided to try this out. It’s a simple snack food that is inexpensive and easy to make. Ingredients 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzos (or equivalent cooked)–drained…