Cheesy Chickpeas

I put this together the other night and I thought I would share.

2 cans Goya Chickpeas
1/4 – 1/2 cup shredded cheese of your choice – I used a 3 cheese blend
2 tablespoons grated parmesan [kraft green can]
salt, pepper, garlic, oregano – to taste

Mix together and dump into an oven safe container – I used a pyrex. Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes until chickpeas are hot through and the cheese has melted.

Makes a yummy side dish for pretty much anything.  My kids love anything when you add cheese.  If you wanted to make it a main dish you could always add more chickpeas and any kind of diced meat to turn it into more of a casserole.  Chickpeas are more versatile than most people think.


Broccoli Patties

I have seen recipes for Broccoli bites, broccoli tots, patties etc.  When I opened my Cuisinart I immediately began thinking of all the things I wanted to make with it.  My first was broccoli.

The recipes I have seen have you make the mixture and shape them into patties on parchment to bake but making you turn them over halfway through.  The turning over is usually where my plans go to hell and take the meal with them.  So I went my own way.

My take on “Broccoli Patties” is listed below.  Pardon the pictures – they are less than photographer worthy but they are my own.  At the end I paired the veg with a lovely filet of Cod – seasoned with lemon and Old Bay.


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Everyone needs a Cuisinart in their lives

My Wonderful Husband knocked Christmas out of the park this year.  He did so with one simply item – a food processor.  I hit at things every year – as us wives normally do – and my husband usually takes the “under advisement” and goes a different, just as thoughtful route.  This year I received exactly what I asked for – thanks in part to my lovely Stepson who reminded his Father that they will get to eat whatever I make with it!  I asked for the 7-cup but in hindsight and taken how much I love it I should have asked for the 11 or 13 cup work bowl.

Cuisinart 7-Cup Food Processor on Amazon

This fantastic little kitchen appliance has made Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole, Yellow Squash “mac” and cheese, Hummus, Falafel style chickpea patties with spinach and ham, Sweet Potato, Carrot, Ginger cream soup, taken the tears out of chopping onions, and even made my kids beg for broccoli.  You heard right, Dear Friend, BEG….FOR…BROCCOLI!   Continue reading “Everyone needs a Cuisinart in their lives”

More Veggies

So, like so many people I have been fighting the masses of fast and over processed convenience when it comes to my food.  It simply amazes me that I can get a burger and fries and a regular Coke for under 5 bucks at any fast food place, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s – take your pick.  A Salad and a bottle of water – you better be ready to had over a $10.00 and that is just for you let alone the poor choices provided for your children. Continue reading “More Veggies”