Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Healthy Chick-Nuts (Homemade Chickpea baked snacks)

Healthy Chick-Nuts. They taste like a cross between a peanut and a corn-nut. They're loaded with protein, fiber and love. 

Day 9 of the 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge. Yup. One-tenth of the way through.  At weigh-in this morning I was down 6 lbs and 3 inches.  I'm pretty excited about that. Mind you, I have a long way to go, but I am greatly encouraged by good results.  I'm not as excited about the pounds as I am the inches! We're on our way darlings!  How are things in your world? How are you doing with the working out and drinking enough water? 

Today I am sharing a new healthy recipe for an easy snack that keeps me satisfied.  I snack on veggies all day (whenever I'm hungry) and use these little nuts as a great addition of crunch.  I've loved these little nibbles for years. I've seen some very high fat varieties that use a lot of oil. Though these high fat recipes work for the cripsy snack, they also work for adding a ton of calories to an otherwise very healthy nibblet. I like this recipe here the best. It uses a lot less oil. They do take a little longer to cook in the oven because of that, but I don't mind it.

You will need 1 lb dry garbanzo beans aka chickpeas...aka GONZO beans at my house. I buy gonzo beans in bulk 25 lb bags because we use them a lot. If you don't want to cook them as directed in the recipe, you can use pre-cooked canned chickpeas (2 15 oz cans) just be sure to rinse them well and get all the goo off of 'em. 

  • Soak dry beans overnight in 8 cups hot water. Drain. Put in a heavy pot and add 8 cups more unsalted water.  Simmer over low heat 1 1/2 hours.
  •  Drain well. 
  • Pat the beans dry with a clean paper-towel or flour-cloth. 

For baking you will need: 

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  I've seen some people bake them at 400 degrees, but I've never been fond of the burny flavor that I get at that temperature.
 Drizzle garbanzo beans with with olive oil and spread out over a full sized baking sheet. 

Bake 45 minutes, stir halfway through baking.  After 45 minutes, turn off the oven and allow to sit in oven with the door closed  for 2-3 hours until very dry and crunchy.  Season to taste with a highly flavorful spice blend of your choice.
Yield 5 cups. 10 servings.  Serving size 1/2 cup.
Nutritional information:   Calories 289. Fat 2 g. Carb 45. Fiber 15 g. (30 net carbs), 15 g protein.

There you go my darlings! Make some healthy chick-nuts!  I eat them with a big glass of ice water and some veggies. Enjoy!

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess

Friday, May 24, 2013

Simple No-Bake Homemade vegetarian protein bars

Day 5 of the 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge and I have to share this simple no-bake recipe for homemade protein bars. There's no cooking involved on the stove either!  I've had these on-hand for snacking and so far they've been the perfect to satisfy my need for a chewy cookie-type delectable niblet of love. I love the addition of some freeze-dried raspberries and peanut butter.   Here's the recipe my darlings! 

Chef Tess' Simple No-Bake
Homemade Vegetarian Protein Bars 
1 cup soy protein isolate (or 4 scoops Chocolate shakeology)
 2 cups quick cook oatmeal or 4 grain rolled cereal
½ cup coconut, unsweetened
2T Baker's cocoa
1/2 cup Granular Erythritol (natural sugar-free calorie free sweetener)
½ cup freeze dried raspberries, crushed
1 cup unsweetened almond milk

 ½ cup natural, creamy almond butter or peanut butter ( I use Nutzo organic 7 nut and seed butter)
1. Combine first 5 ingredients in large mixing bowl. Mix well.
2. Add almond milk and nut butter to mixture. Mix well with clean hands.
3. Press mixture into 8x8-inch baking pan; cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
4. Cut into 18 bars. Store in the fridge, in an air-tight container until ready to eat.

Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 150, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 3mg
Sodium: 61mg, Carbohydrate: 14g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 7g

There you go! Onward and upward my darlings! How are things going with your weight loss goals?

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess