3 Flavours of Crispy Chickpeas

Chickpeas are just the best. They have to be one of the most versatile ingredients out there. You can make hummus, falafel, edible cookie dough, cookies, or blondies from them, and you can even make meringues if you whip up the water or aquafaba from the can. But today we are celebrating the humble chickpea by just crisping them up in the oven- one of my favourite methods of preparing them.

These crispy chickpeas are the PERFECT addition to your salads, bowls, and wraps, plus they make a great snack on their own. Also, have you ever tried a chickpea salad sandwich?!!? Mix up your roasted chickpeas with some mashed avo and green onion, throw it in between two pieces of bread, and you’ve got yourself a LUNCH!

While just roasting chickpeas with salt and pepper is pretty delish, I’ve come up with three spice combos that take them to the next level. We’ve got taco-spiced chickpeas, curry-spiced chickpeas, and some soy-maple chickpeas. I think the soy-maple ones have to be my favourite, but the other two are pretty darn good as well. You could use the taco-spiced ones as a replacement for beef in tacos, and the curry-spiced chickpeas are a great snack by themselves. Make sure you try all three and let me know which one is your fave!!

3 Flavours of Crispy Chickpeas

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

Taco-Spiced Chickpeas:

  • 1/2 a can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Curry-Spiced Chickpeas:

  • 1/2 a can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Soy-Maple Chickpeas:

  • 1/2 a can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Sprinkle of chilli flakes
  • Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In three separate bowls, mix together the chickpeas with the spices and oil for each flavour. Dump the chickpeas onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake the chickpeas for about 30 minutes, until they’re nice and crispy. Remove from the oven and enjoy!!

Have fun with this simple snack recipe!!

Yours Truly,

Olivia:))

Soul-Warming Chickpea Curry

It’s been so rainy and blah where I live for the past while, and it really makes me feel like cooking, you know? I feel like I haven’t COOKED something in a while, and today it felt right. Also on days like this, I just want a nice bowl of something warm and comforting. Curry is this perfect comfort food, because it’s so flavourful and it warms your soul as well as your body. You can throw as many crazy vegetables as you want in a curry, but I wanted to keep it simple and let the flavour shine through. So I only used chickpeas.

Chickpeas and I go way back. They have protein and lots of fibre, and in this curry they add a bit of texture so everything isn’t just mush. The only other elements in here are onions, garlic, spices, tomatoes, and some basil leaves. I caramelized the onions for maximum flavour, and the spice blend is great! Everything stews together in the tomatoes and melds and becomes something amazing, that feels like a big hug. I served this with wild rice, but any grain works.

Today this curry really took me back to my love of coming up with recipes and slicing things up and stirring things on the stove and smelling and tasting and eating. It’s so fun and just takes me to a place of calm where I’m not worrying about anything but what I’m cooking. I really hope that you guys get to try out this recipe and feed your soul by making it and eating it! That’s my goal here, anyways;)) Enjoy!

Soul-Warming Chickpea Curry

Serves: 3-4

Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (plus more as needed)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 small basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooked grains for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized pot, heat up the olive oil over low-medium heat and add in the onions. Cook them until they’re nice and caramelized, about 10 minutes. Stir often and add more oil if needed to prevent them from burning.
  2. Add the garlic and spices to the pot, and cook for another minute or two, again watching to make sure nothing burns.
  3. Dump the tomatoes, chickpeas, tomato paste, and leaves of basil into the pot and give everything a good stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a low simmer, cover and cook for 40 minutes.
  4. Remove the curry from the heat, season with salt and pepper to taste and remove the leaves of basil. Serve with a grain of choice and enjoy!

Hope you like this soul food! Have a great Canada Day;))

Yours Truly,

Olivia;))

My Top 10 Favourite Recipes

Hi people! You showed up at a great time. To celebrate my 200th post, I decided to compile a list of my top ten favourite recipes. This is the stuff you really need to pay attention to right here! These are my best offerings, the cream of the crop, the A-list of blog recipes. Going through all of these recipes made me want to make so many of them:) I’m usually trying to come up with new stuff all of the time, but I’m definitely going to remake some of this food because it’s so good. The recipes I that I post have definitely changed over the course of my blogging career, and they’re getting more tasty and creative;) There are definitely some OGs that made this top ten list though! I’m proud of myself for numbering them all off, because it was super hard to rank them. I want to hear from you guys though; what’s your favourite recipe at mydayisbooked.com? Here’s my list!

10. Coconut and Lentil Curry

I love curry so much because it’s warm and comforting, and the coconut milk in this one gives it so much flavour and richness. It’s super easy, is made in one pot, and packs in a ton of protein with all those lentils! You can check out the recipe for this Coconut and Lentil Curry here.

9. Mango Salsa

This mango salsa recipe was given to me by my aunt and is SO fresh and delicious! I could literally eat it on or with anything, or just by the spoonful. Click here for the recipe!

8. Hearty Vegetable Chilli

I think that this is the one blog post that I don’t have a picture for! I’ll definitely have to make this recipe and post one. I think that chilli is super underrated, but it’s do tasty and is a great staple recipe that you can make in a pinch. I love all of the veggies in this version! Take a look at the recipe here🙂

7. Scrumptious Sugar Free Muffins

Here’s an OG recipe that I clearly made before I was good at naming things! Seriously, who says “scrumptious”? Anyway, these muffins are awesome, and I haven’t really tried another muffin recipe since. (Except for my carrot and apple muffins but those aren’t as good). You FOR SURE need to try these! Click here to have your mind blown:)

6. Rainbow Bowls

When I look at this bowl I just think that it embodies what this site is about, which is making healthy food exciting. Also, it’s all of my favourite things in a bowl. Sweet Potato? Yep. Avocado? Yessir. And a delicious peanut dressing to tie it all together? YOU’D BETTER BELIEVE IT! Check it out right here.

5. PB Banana Creamsicles

These are one of the first dessert recipes that I posted, and I absolutely love them! They’re the perfect refreshing summer treat because they’re creamy and peanut-buttery and just YUM! I need to make these in the near future. The link to the recipe is right here.

4. Walnut Brownies

Coming in at number 4 we have my Walnut Brownies. These are super addictive, chocolatey and rich, and still healthy(ish). I keep repeating this, but it’s very important that they actually tricked my brother into thinking that they were the regular kind of brownies. He promptly spit them out after he figured out that they were my recipe because he’s supportive like that, but it’s fine I already had validation that these brownies are FREAKING awesome. I’m using capital letters a lot in this post;)) The recipe link is here.

3. Veggie Sandwich

I think this recipe legit changed my life. Anytime you put stuff between two pieces of bread it’s awesome, but throw some hummus, avocado, balsamic red onions, chickpeas and carrot in there and it’s next level people. I mean, just look at that. That is a bad ass sandwich right there. Click here RIGHT NOW because you’re making this for lunch.

2. Chocolate Saskatoon Berry Pie

Now it’s getting really serious. Are you ready? You sure? I’m going to take a deep breath because THIS PIE IS ON ANOTHER LEVEL THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND AND YOU NEED TO MAKE IT ASAP BECAUSE IT IS HEAVEN ON YOUR TASTE BUDS. Whew. That was quite the run on sentence! I just had to get that out there. In all seriousness, this pie is pure awesomeness. A chocolate crust? Get out of here! Click here to make your mouth happy;)

1. Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Bars

While it was really hard to choose, the number one spot goes to my Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge Bars. They’re just so easy to make and so darn good. I don’t have many words to describe them other then delicious, chocolatey, and I want them. That didn’t really make sense but I can’t talk coherently while I’m thinking about these bars, ok? Their lengendary-ness can’t be conveyed by using all caps, but just trust me, click here and you won’t regret it.

That is one EPIC list right there! Let me know what your favourite recipes are, and I’ll see you guys soon!

Yours Truly,

Olivia

Curried Sweet Potato Pita Pockets

Hi guys! Today I have an AWESOME recipe for you guys; these Curried Potato Pita Pockets are one of my favourite recipes ever! They’re super quick and easy to make, plus they pack in SO much flavour and freshness. Sweet potatoes are life my friends, so they had to be included in this recipe too. I was inspired by a veggie samosa wrap by VeganRicha, but I changed and simplified the recipe and it turned out great! The sweet potatoes are roasted with some red bell peppers in cumin and curry powder, then mashed a bit and paired with a fresh cilantro-y bean salad in a warm pita. Basically, my dreams in a pocket of bread. These pitas make great leftovers to, and will definitely be one of my go-to lunch recipes when I’m back at school. Enjoy the recipe;)

Curried Sweet Potato Pita Pockets

Serves: 3

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 large sweet potato or yam
  • 1/2 a red bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp +1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (chickpeas or black beans can be used in a pinch)
  • 1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 of a red onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 3 whole wheat pitas
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (after 200 posts I finally managed to spell Fahrenheit right the first time!)
  2. Peel the sweet potato and cut it into very small cubes, a little less than a centimetre in size. Chop the bell pepper into the same sized cubes and place the veggies on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Toss the veggies in the olive oil, curry powder, 1 tsp of cumin and some salt and pepper. Place the pan into the oven and roast for about 20-25 minutes, until the sweet potatoes and peppers are soft.
  4. Meanwhile, toss the red kidney beans, tomato, red onion, cilantro, 1/2 tsp of cumin and lemon juice together in a bowl and set aside.
  5. Once the veggies are roasted, remove them from the oven and transfer to a large bowl. Use a fork to mash the mixture, leaving some sweet potato chunks whole.
  6. Warm up the pitas in the microwave and cut or rip them in half. Open up each half so that it forms a pocket, and scoop equal amounts of the roasted veggies and bean salad into them.
  7. Enjoy!

Hope you guys love this recipe as much as I do! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you on Friday;))

Yours Truly,

Olivia;)

Vegetable and Coconut Curry

Hey!! While winter is still here, I want to make all of the warm and comforting dishes that I can. So today I made this delicious Vegetable and Coconut Curry! It’s a big batch recipe and so it’s great for freezing and saving for busy days. This curry is LOADED with vegetables and has chickpeas in it to for some extra protein. Coconut milk gives it extra flavour, and I used lots of spices to make the curry sing;)) You can serve it over quinoa, rice, or pasta for an amazing meal. Here’s the recipe!

Vegetable and Coconut Curry

Serves: 6-8

Total Time: 75 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp dried cilantro
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of light coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add in the onion and cook until translucent, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add in the garlic and cook for an additional two minutes. Measure out the spices and dump them into the pot, adding water if the mixture becomes too dry. Cook the garlic and onions with the spices for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add the vegetables, chickpeas, tomatoes and coconut milk into the pot. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cover. Let the curry cook for about 30-45 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  4. Serve the curry over pasta, rice, or quinoa. You can also let it cool and freeze it in resealable bags.
  5. Enjoy!

Hope this curry warms you up!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))