Healthy chickpea corn nuts!

Dec. 8th, 2013

When I was a kid I would buy a bag of bbq corn nuts every day at summer camp.That crunchy deliciousness was the highlight of my bus ride home. Unfortunately, corn nuts aren’t the healthiest snack option and so as an adult, I retired my corn nut obsession. But then, as luck would have it, I discovered the corn nut’s long lost healthy cousin – the roasted chickpea. Try these. Seriously.

They. Are. Addictive.

Ingredients
1 can of chickpeas
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Pinch of red chili flakes
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of pepper

Directions
1. Rinse and dry chickpeas
2. Incorporate all ingredients except chickpeas
3. Once seasonings are mixed add chickpeas until fully coated
4. Bake for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Rotate chickpeas every 5-10 minutes to prevent burning

Grilled chicken with frozen herbs

Dec. 5th, 2013

Leftover herbs? Or perhaps the leftover frozen herbs that you learned how to make with BWG? Greeeeat! I have a yummy recipe to clear out some of those lingering ingredients in your freezer that I just know you have on hand.

Ingredients:
6 Chicken drumsticks
4 tablespoons of rosemary
4 tablespoons of oregano
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper as desired

Directions:
1. If using frozen herbs: Thaw rosemary and oregano in microwave.
2. Add olive oil to herbs.
3. Add salt and pepper to mixture to taste
4. Put mixture in container or bag. Add drumsticks (can leave skin on or remove skin).
5. Marinate between 1-8 hours in fridge.
6. Preheat broiler.
7. Remove drumsticks from marinate and place on broiler tray.
8. Broil drumsticks between 15-20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
9. Keep oven slightly open so that broiler flame is continuous. Note: If you do this be safe and stay within eye sight of the oven!
10. Remove chicken from oven and enjoy!

 

Quick Tip: Freeze fresh herbs in ice cube trays

Nov. 13th, 2013

Well, as I’ve said before, I’m no expert at these projects and I promised I would show you the bumps I experience along the way.  This quick tip (small disaster) proves just that! You still learn the magic of transforming your fresh herbs into handy ice cubes you can pop into any recipe that last for months, but you get to see a little snafu along the way.

Never find a bag of indistinguishable once-were-herbs in your fridge again!

Ingredients:
Fresh Herb
Water
Blender (not a cuisinart- you’ll see why!)
Ice Cube Trays

Instructions:
1. Blend your leftover fresh herbs with enough water to fill the ice cube tray (the ratio is roughly one-third chopped herbs to two-thirds water).
2. Pour blended mixture into tray and add any additional water that may be necessary.
3. Pop in the freezer and a couple hours later you have ready to go herb ice cubes!

Homemade Chapstick

Oct. 28th, 2013

I reapply chapstick a million times a day and decided I may as well spread something au natural on my lips. With much interwebs research I bring to you – homemade chapstick!

Ingredients
1 tbsp Shea Butter
1/2 tbsp Coconut Oil
4-8 drops Peppermint Oil (or other essential oils)
Container for chapstick
Optional: 1 tbsp Beeswax

Directions
1. Combine Shea butter and coconut oil. Also add beeswax in this step if you want a harder chapstick
2. Microwave until all ingredients are incorporated
3. Add 4-8 drops of essential oil
4. Pour mixture into chapstick container
5. Freeze chapstick container until mixture is hardened
6. Moisturize your lips, elbows, hair to your heart’s content

Quick Tip: Watering Orchids

Aug. 13th, 2013

I have killed one too many an orchid in my day and have realized that perhaps they do not require as much water as I once suspected. In fact, they require only a wee bit of water! Tune in to see how much they need and an easy trick so that you don’t have to think about watering during the week.