Thursday, November 11, 2010

Chickpeas and cookie dough make for a good night.

First and foremost, a huge thank you to all of the Veterans who have served our country.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to simply utter words, but to live by them. -John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Mexican night in our house usually consists of Black Bean tacos for Adam and I, and organic turkey/beef tacos for Sam. Last night this plan fell through when I realized I was all out of black beans (Gasp!).

That never happens! Well, I guess my parents weren’t lying when they said never say never. That usually never happens. Better?

The point is I try to make certain I’m always stocked up on gas-inducing black beans.

Hm, what to do? I did a little snacking while searching for a solution.


Aha! I know what to do. Just use the next best thing (and another bean I usually have one hand): Chickpeas!

Chickpea ‘Taco’ Filling


  1. 1 can of Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
  2. Extra virgin olive oil
  3. Cumin
  4. Chili powder
  5. Salt & Pepper
  6. Optional: crushed red pepper (for some heat)


  • Drain and rinse chickpeas.


  • Pan fry in a little olive oil.
  • Toss cooked chickpeas with generous amounts of cumin, Chili powder, and EVOO.
  • Add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper + salt n’ pepper.
  • Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes!


Enjoy with toppings of your choice.


My toppings:


  • sweet cherry tomatoes
  • avocado
  • Chobani plain Greek yogurt (as sour cream)
  • pepper jack cheese


Simple and healthy! All I ask for in a meal! Smile

Peanut butter cookie dough time!

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of reading about Mama Pea’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls.

This reading was not restricted to Peas and Thank You, but rather these beauties were being re-created all over the blog world!

It’s not surprising then, that they were literally on my mind all day long!

Throughout every class, I dreamt of cookie dough and sugar comas.

There was no question as to whether I would make them. The only question was how fast could I drive in order to get home and do so?

I followed Mama Pea’s measurements exactly, with a few simple ingredient substitutions.

I used real butter instead of Earth Balance. Plus, I used a combination of white chocolate chips and butterscotch chips (instead of peanut chips & chocolate chips).


Nothing crazy! But mine weren’t vegan because of these substitutions.

After eating a shameful amount of cookie dough, I decided it was time to actually bake! Winking smile


The result: rock your socks off good! <—Wow, am I a dork or what?


And I am badly in need of a manicure.

The cookies crumbled a bit while eating them, but I suspect that had something to do with the fact that I didn’t use a stand mixer!

Crumble or not, these were delish!

These were also Mom/Dad/broski/sister and son-approved! In others words, make these. Sooner rather than later! Then thank Mama Pea for sharing her culinary genius.

Well I’m off to burn off that cookie dough be productive!

Have a great day guys!

<3 Stefanie

What is your favorite cookie recipe? I am turning into a cookie monster and I’d love more recipes to toy with! Feel free to link it up! Smile


baking.serendipity said...

I was super intrigued by your post title...makes so much sense now that I know they don't go together :) What a great evening of food though! I am headed to check out those cookies now! Thanks :)

eatspinrunrepeat said...

I'm hungry for lunch right now, but all I want after reading this is LOTS of cookie dough!!! Love your improvising on the tacos too They sound really good! I've been loving me some chickpeas this week but I haven't tried them Mexican-ified yet. Thanks for the idea! :D

movesnmunchies said...

Love the taco filling idea! I need to try chickpeas ASAP!

mysmartchoices said...

Such a terrific chickpea idea! I have a can of chickpeas that need to be utilized. I was considering just roasting them, but a taco party sounds more festive!

eatontherun said...

mmmm that looks good! I'm always looking for ways to whip up chickpeas for dinner

Pam said...

Those dough balls look like heaven...on my list to make...have a wonderful evening! Enjoy!

Stefanie said...

@baking.serendipity Yay! Goal of intriguing title was achieved! :)

Stefanie said...

@movesnmunchies Yes, try them! They are so simple to prepare and healthy too! There are a million ways to use them! :)

Stefanie said...

@mysmartchoices Roasting them is always yummy. But taco filling takes them to another level!

Stefanie said...

@eatontherun Me too! And this method was a winner!

Stefanie said...

@Pam Def. make those dough balls! They are seriously delish! I will making them again soon! :)

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