shawarma roasted chickpeas 

When I have the time and motivation, roasted chickpeas are a snack staple in our house. If you didn’t think you could eat two whole cans of chickpeas by yourself, this snack may prove you wrong.  Lucky for me, I have a toddler who loves them just as much as I do so they’re the perfect thing to share.

The flavor combo is adapted from NYT’s chicken shawarma recipe (which, by the way, is SO good) and I wanted to try it out on these little guys.  And guess what?  It works!

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Simple Chickpea & Salmon Salad

It’s been a while since I’ve been in this space, so I’m easing back into the swing of things with a super simple dish.  I whipped this up the other day while our little prince was napping, hoping to get my first meal in before 3pm.  Success!  I really can’t complain though, since I usually do this to myself by packing our mornings to the fullest.  Usually they start with an early run, some sort of activity (swim lessons or toddler classes) and then play dates at the park.  This has been the norm as of late, but overall I am loving it.  Our activities during the first half of the week not only make the days go by a bit faster because we have something to look forward to, but they also give the little one a chance to explore new places, play and learn how to interact with other kids. This also means we’ve probably discovered almost all of the parks in our city.  Almost.  Though I make sure to pack enough snacks and water for the baby, the only downside is that I usually forget about myself so I may not eat until late afternoon which gives me little time before dinner needs to be started.

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Warm Mediterranean Salad

I feel like this recipe isn’t really a recipe since I’ve made this countless times, changing it up a bit here and there throughout its rotation in my kitchen.

What remains constant, though, are the Mediterranean flavors woven throughout the dish- a good dose of chickpeas for protein and fiber, kalamata olives for a briney bite, artichokes and kale because vegetables are a must and a solid helping of farro because it’s my favorite grain and adds a nice chewy texture. There is, of course, feta on top because cheese is a staple around here and its saltiness is perfect.

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