I love Labor Day - it signals a fresh beginning, even though I'm not attending school this year. BUT my two and a half year old T is starting in the "big kids" class of his Montessori, which requires a new backpack and lunch box. Hard to believe my little one is growing up so quickly. So because I feel the creative juices flowing, the fall air (despite the 90 degree weather here in the District) creeping in, and the desire to purchase new fall boots edging in strong, I thought it is time to bring back my blog, and revamp this creative outlet. Will it be a dreaded (in name only) mommy blog? probably. Will I talk about politics? Likely. Will I share recipes? Definitely.
To start the Autumn out right, here is a recipe for my - and my family's new favorite snack. It's basically portable hummus. These were a huge hit during our 8 hour car trip to Grammy and Poppop's house
I mix it up and try new herb mixes, a lot like I might with popcorn. Tonight, instead of cinnamon, I used a packet of Ranch dressing mix, dried dill, a little garlic powder, and a bit of salt. I also make these in big batches, and will do 4-5 cans of chickpeas at a time. The shucking of the chickpeas takes forever, but it's a great time to catch up on phone calls or listen to music.
- 115 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (or 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans)
- 1/2 teaspoonground cinnamon
- 1 tablespooncanola or vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoonhoney
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Place the beans between two paper towels and pat dry, loosening the outer skin of the beans.
- Remove the outer skins of the beans and pat dry to remove any other excess liquid (removing the outer skin of the beans takes a few minutes, but it’s a great job for getting kids involved).
- Whisk the cinnamon and oil in a bowl to combine, add the beans stirring to coat and place on a baking sheet.
- Roast for 40 minutes.
- Remove the beans from the oven, place in a bowl and toss with 1 tbsp of honey.
- Place the beans back into the oven and roast an additional 7 minutes.
- Cool completely and serve.
- * Store in a covered container on your counter for up to 2 weeks
Happy Labor Day/Back to School/Autumn/New Year!