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Crunchy Chickpea Taco Bowl

I love crunchy chickpeas, and I generally make several batches of them in different flavors at a time. I also love taco, but I don't feel like making tortillas today, so when I made my snacks, I did a batch of my crunchy chickpeas in taco seasoning.

Hatchie matchie.

The chickpeas give you the satisfaction of that taco crunchy, and the flavors combine perfectly.

If you prepare the chickpeas when you do other things, they'll stay good in a paper bag for about 3 days.

Taco Chickpeas
1 cup chickpeas
1/2 tsp. olive oil
Taco seasoning of your choice

Preheat oven to 350F.Drain and rinse chickpeas.  If using dry, you'll need about 1/2 a cup dry that has been soaked, rather than the full cup. Dry chickpeas.In a bowl, toss chickpeas with oil to coat.Lay out a piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet, a pour on chickpeas.  Shake down into single layer. Set aside bowl for later.Bake about 30 minutes, until golden and they start to get poppin'.Remove directly to your oily bowl a…

Grapefruit Poppy Seed Baked Oatmeal

We're in a winter weather nasty advisory, and this morning, while it's raining, the feels like is below 30 and I'm chilly and cranky.  I hate the cold, and I always crave sweets and starch.  I wanted a big, lemon poppy seed muffin, but those are generally really loaded with sugar.  So, I decided to try making baked oatmeal with a similar flavor profile.

Not as sweet of course.

This oatmeal was delightful, with the bite of grapefruit smoothed out by the vanilla.  It's still very obviously made with grapefruit and has that slight bitterness, but I enjoyed it. By switching to real sugar you way be able to get a sweeter fare if that's your preference.

1 grapefruit
1/2 cup oats, quick or traditional
1 tsp. poppy seed
1/4 tsp. powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup so delicious unsweetened coconut milk
2 Tbsp. Lakonto monk fruit sweetener
1 egg
Preheat oven to 350F.Cut and segment grapefruit, removing fruit into medium bowl. Discard mesocarp, peel, and the skin betwe…

2g2bt Blender Brownies

And yet, completely true.

I spent the day researching "text-speech," but not the way you might think.  Someone argued that millenials are ruining the English language with their lazy text chat, and I knowwwwww that Shakespeare even used acronyms and abbreviations and that they were really popular in the 1800s.  So I went out to dig up N S A 2 Miss K T J.   So, I might have them on the brain.

But these brownies really do seem to be too good to be true, but they are 100% bonafide.

I have a freezer full of pureed squash and beets, and a hankering for comfort food due to the cold. But I'm also back on track, and trying to lose these last 45 lbs until my goal.  I wanted a treat for my hard work putting a self-proclaimed "grammar police" in their place.

So, I decided to play with some flour-less recipes.

I must have read 80.

And none were quite what I wanted, so I combined and  changed them and figured I'd see what happens. Because, while I try not to waste foo…

Peanut Butter "Fudge"

I am working on rebooting my weight loss.  Since I've started having health issues, I've put almost 10 lbs back on due to inactivity.  It turns out you can't hike and burn thousands of calories when walking across campus leaves you weepy.

But I also have a sweet tooth, and not having any sweets makes me a little mean, so I need to make some sweets that I can still feel good about.

Enter beans.  Beans are great for baking and cooking with to add a bit of nutrition and cut down on other things. I'm craving fudge, so I spent the day doing research and gave it a shot.

The first batch was mediocre.  In part because there was no where near enough sugar in the recipe. It called for honey or maple syrup, so I went with honey. I didn't want maple peanut butter.

But also because while pureeing the beans my blender caught fire.

Yup. Literally started to smoke.

I decided to finish it anyway, with some serious elbow grease and my hand mixer, and it was ok. Nothing to scream ab…

Easy Peasy Gumdrops

Making homemade candy isn't always cheaper than buying the store bought, but in my case, it's a lot more fulfilling and safer.  because I'm allergic to one specific shade of red-Red Dye 40.  Which, you know, happens to be the one in most US candies currently.  A lot of companies are phasing it out, but until they do so I have to be a bit picky about my candy.

My friend is saddened by this natural food movement because it means more things are coming out Red Dye 40 free, which means she no longer gets to eat my reds and pinks (and purples and oranges and sometimes even blues).

This year I stumbled across a while bunch of gumdrop recipes, before settling on Betty Crocker's Homemade Gumdrop recipe, which seems to be the base for most not including actual Jello with flavors and such already in it (another unsafe food).

This yields a slightly softer gumdrop than store bought, and I don't plan to keep them more than 2 weeks.  Because why would you?

I've broken each i…