Happy belated Easter everyone! I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend spent with family, friends, and pets! Easter Sunday, my husband and I had lunch with family and it was scrumptious. We had homemade tacos with tortillas made from scratch with just corn flour and water. I’ve always wanted to attempt making my own tortillas and after seeing it in action, I will be having a go at it as soon as possible. I love the simplicity of them, how thin they are, and how authentic they taste. We also had lots of fruit, coffee, and semita (a Salvadorian coffee cake kind of dessert that is delish). This is definitely not your traditional Easter meal and I’m A-OK with that. I grew up on meat and potatoes covered in gravy and I’m so over it.
I also had some time to be as lazy as hell and planted myself on the couch as I caught up on my TV shows. Downtime is always a must guys, especially on long weekends! I finally put away my clean clothes that have been folded in random spots throughout the house (my favourite spots are on top of the washer, jam packed in laundry baskets, and on top of the old school TV in our bedroom that we never use-it’s strictly a prop for garments to be thrown on top of). I reorganized my closet and moved all of my heavy sweaters to the back and bumped up all the fun, bright summer clothes. I’m confident that this wardrobe rotation will fully trigger spring to stick around for good.
We also attended a going away party for a friend of mine where we sipped on many mojitos and chatted about the past, the present, and the mysterious future. She has wanted to see the world and relocate for years now. Finally, her day has come. Tuesday, she leaves for Toronto where she will then be departing for London! I’m so proud of her and I’m excited for her adventurous journey ahead! She is full of that positivity you love having around because it’s just so powerfully contagious. I have only known her for a year now and we were introduced through a mutual friend but we had an immediate connection. She is a strong, powerful, and confident woman who unknowingly uplifts everyone she comes into contact with. Most women feel like their youth immediately dissipates once they turn 30, but Sadia celebrated her year as if turning 30 opened a door to a whole new life ahead-and it did. It’s all about attitude and she’s always on point with her optimism and her ability to create opportunity. I admire her independence, confidence, simple and natural beauty (like grade A model material), and her passion. I wish her the best of travels and I will really miss her spirit. Best of luck, girlfriend!
Aside from those events, my long weekend officially started off with an exciting and organic experience. I was honoured to be a doula for one of my greatest friends that I grew up with and whom I consider a sister. If you are thinking “WTF is a doula?”-don’t worry; my next blog post will answer ALL of your questions! I cannot wait to share valuable knowledge on what doulas can provide parents to be as well as my own magical experience. Please stay tuned!
Being the long weekend, I was short on groceries as I refused to head to the supermarket on what I can only imagine to be the busiest Saturday ever. No thanks. I’d rather starve than shop in a chaotic crowd with random kids running around everywhere, swinging off my precious cart as soon as I turn my back. Not to mention waiting in line for eternity, refreshing your Instagram feed 3 times in desperation for entertainment only to find out the person in front of you is going to bargain the price of every item scanned as if they are at a garage sale. Not my cup of tea if you know what I’m sayin.’ Luckily, I didn’t have to starve as I had leftover veg galore in the fridge and I had-chickpeas. I have wanted to make a roasted garbanzo bean recipe for weeks now and am so thrilled that my first attempt was a flying success! I have included every essential nutrient we need to keep our glycemic load from spiking up into the Rocky Mountain top range. These crunchy little chicks provide us with a great source of protein, healthy fat, and fibre. They are a fabulous way to include more plant based protein into our diets and I guarantee the kids will love them too! To make this recipe vegan friendly, try using coconut nectar or pure maple syrup instead of the honey. Happy roasting!
Sweet Roasted Chickpeas
*Makes a 1.5 cups
- 15 oz. can of organic chickpeas (or 1.5 cups of chickpeas cooked from scratch), rinsed, drained, and patted dry.
- 1.5 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp. coconut palm sugar
- 1 tsp. ground flax
- ¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp. honey
- Pinch of sea salt
- Preheat your oven to 375F.
- Place the dried chickpeas on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Make sure to spread out the beans so they bake evenly. I actually used 2 cookie sheets so that I could spread them out quite a bit.
- Bake them for 22-25 minutes or until the chickpeas are dried out, crunchy, and golden brown (keep an eye on them as you do not want them to burn)!
- While they are roasting, mix together the coconut oil, coconut palm sugar, flax, cinnamon, honey, and salt in a large bowl.
- Remove the chickpeas from the oven and pour them into the bowl, mixing them with the coconut oil glaze.
- Place the coated garbanzo beans back into the oven and roast for another 5 minutes to achieve the perfectly glazed effect.
- Set aside, let cool, and get crunching!
How eventful (or not) was your weekend? Fill me in on all of the fun!