Garbanzo Truths

by Holly on February 28, 2011

in detoxing,dinner,gluten-free,rambling,recipes,snacks

Day #3, and I’m back in {detox} action.

Maybe I’m Wonder Woman after all.

Like a true hardcore superhero (minus the ginormous cartoon boobs), I endured the dreaded torture of my well-deserved punishment of a 7-mile run on the dreadmill treadmill, cleaning my pigsty apartment, scrubbing a sink full of dirrty dishes and enough fiber-filled garbanzo beans to cleanse the digestive track of a Japanese sumo wrestling team.

While the endorphin rush after finishing running 75 minutes on a treadmill next to three other girls also sweating + watching The Bachelor was exquisite perfection, it got me thinking about two things: stereotypes exist for a reason, and you can’t not like garbanzo beans.

Why, you ask?

Because girls are suckers for douchy guys falling in love, and garbanzos are legumes.

Let me explain.

Legumes are a class of vegetables.

Vegetables are good for you.

So, as it turns out, when you are munching on protein-rich, folate-packed, zinc-laden and fiberlicious garbanzo beans, you are simultaneously fulfilling your 5-a-day veggie quotient.

Life-changing, I know.

I only wish my digestive tract had known it sooner.

I’m sure Brad the Bachelor does too.

In whatever form they come in – dried or cooked – garbanzos are cheap and delicious.

Similar to the men I tend to date.

Yeah, I’m easy to please. People, there’s a reason I watch The Bachelor.

To make roasted chickpeas, toss cooked chickpeas in the seasoning of your choice (mine was Mrs. Dash Salt-Free Fiesta Lime) along with a drizzle of canola oil + salt and pepper, to taste. Slow roast at 300 degrees for 1-2 hours until they’ve reached dried-out, crunchy perfection.

Or, if you are looking for something a bit more traditional, make hummus.

My cheap woman’s version only requires 5 ingredients: cooked garbanzos, olive oil, garlic, lemon and pretzels. Lots and lots and lots of Newman’s Spelt Pretzels.

In a food processor or blender, mix 1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzos, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 T minced garlic, 2 T lemon juice and a pinch of salt + pepper. Blend until creamy and smooth. Top with a sprinkle of paprika if you feel like being all fancy schmancy for presentation purposes.

Take your pretzels and immediately dip in hummus.

Or, you could take a big ol’ dollop of it and make the most delicious salad ever.

Yes, that’s an option too.

Because when 120 minutes of your Monday night is repeatedly sucked into a vortex of low-cut tops, hormone-induced tears and obscene amounts of bronzer in what promises to be “the most dramatic rose ceremony ever,” you are going to need something delicious to keep you company as you watch desperate 24-year-old women compete for the attention of an emotionally-defunct 38-year-old man.

1 huge handful spinach
roasted sweet potatoes + onion
1/2 diced cucumber
1 large dollop of hummus
1/4 cup Fiesta Lime Roasted Chickpeas
sprinkle of nutritional yeast
sprinkle of garlic gomasio
drizzle of olive oil

I know I do.

And I know Wonder Woman does too.


sofia February 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm

i’m still wondering why the most delicious of men are so damn stingy, and i’m not only talking in financial terms…

but anyway. this chickpea creation is way better than any dude. let’s be real. and an unlimited bowl of pretzels with hummus is pretty much all i crave after sweating out as you did. congrats for getting on board, and throwin’ some veggies into the hummus and pretzel mix, which i usually struggle to do. high five, my friend.

Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free February 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I just tried roasted chickpeas for the first time the other week. They are so good. Congrats on the 75 minutes on the dreadmill!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 28, 2011 at 11:28 pm

…”desperate 24-year-old women compete for the attention of an emotionally-defunct 38-year-old man.”


Cheers to the detox! And to red-headed sluts… Bachelor-style. ;)

megan @ the oatmeal diaries February 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Great, now I am craving a sh!t ton of garbanzo beans. Haha also I looove Newman’s spelt pretzels! They are the perfect match for hummus.

Erica D @ Gratitouille February 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Chicka-chicka yeah :)

hippierunner March 1, 2011 at 12:19 am

Most dramatic rose ceremony ever?! Aw, I haven’t seen it yet and you totally spoiled it! ;)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 1, 2011 at 4:52 am

I love that Mrs Dash!! I love most all Mrs Dash’s and that one is great!

Roasting chickpeas = the BEST way to eat them. Way better than hummus, dare i say!

Lauren March 1, 2011 at 5:35 am

Haha so true! Who doesn’t like Chic Peas? Well I do know a few people, but they are simply crazy! Glad to hear the detoxing is going well. You’re obviously finding delicious ways around it. ;)

Erica March 1, 2011 at 5:55 am

haha. You always make me laugh :) I’ve never been able to get into the bachelor…but I’m with you on chickpeas- they’re just fantastic. I always think I’ve figured out the way I like them “best” and then I have one of the other versions and change my mind again.

Amber March 1, 2011 at 6:33 am

I can’t wait to try the roasted chickpeas once I am done with my 7 day raw food challenge.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 1, 2011 at 6:43 am

I got Colin to watch The Bachelor for approximately 24 minutes last night before he proclaimed Brad a douchelord and we watched Family Guy instead.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 1, 2011 at 6:54 am

The Husband and I watched the Bachelor together last night – what’s a stereotype again? :) I’ve never thoguht about fulfilling my veggie quota with garbanzo beans. You’re a genius!!!

Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen March 1, 2011 at 7:27 am

Let me just say, I know exactly what you mean about the “detox” effects of chickpeas after eating them for about a week straight. If my digestive tract isn’t cleaned out now, I don’t want to know what will do it.

I attemped roasted chickpeas during my week of garbanzos, but instead I got a pan full of little black death rocks. I was secretly a little happy, because it meant I had one cup of chickpeas less to eat. I think I’ll attempt them again when fibre and I are on better terms.

Life lesson: Cooking up a huge pot of dried chickpeas for just one person isn’t a good idea.

Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 1, 2011 at 7:46 am

As I kid, I thought garbanzo beans were a made up food–I remember laughing hysterically over the siliness of their name! Little did I know they’d become a key part of my vegan diet. Go figure.

brandi March 1, 2011 at 8:45 am

those roasted garbanzos look delish! :)

Hope you’re having a good day so far, friend!

my little celebration March 1, 2011 at 8:58 am

ha, I like how you said huge cartoon boobs.

Your salad looks YUM. And way to work it out on the treadmill. 7 miles?! That’s awesome!

Michelle March 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

I’ve been searching for garbanzo bean recipes! I bought a couple cans but wasn’t quite sure what to do with them. Now I know.

Congrats on getting back on track and on the long run! I know how easy it is to stray from plans even with the best of intentions. Keep up the good work :-)

Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

I haven’t made roasted chickpeas in AGES. These look amazing!

Rachel (Olalliberry) March 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

Mmm I love roasted chickpeas! The fiesta lime seasoning sounds like a great addition.

Sami March 1, 2011 at 11:10 am

holy bean porn. seriously <3


Megan (Braise the Roof) March 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

I ate a whole buncha chickpeas last night too- so delicious. I like mine with some cajun seasoning, mostly because I make everything spicy. I have a serious problem. That salad looks amazing- your salads ALWAYS look amazing.

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete March 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

Oh yeah. I’m pretty much obsessed with chickpeas myself. In fact, I just posted a roasted chickpea recipe on Friday!

you need to try them, girl!!

I have done the hummus and roasted chickpea thing in a salad before, and I have felt so wrong yet so right doing it! haha

Britannie March 1, 2011 at 11:39 am

Oh jeez. This post is makin me crave hummus/chickpeas like NOBODY’S BIZNAASSSS. :)

Jenny March 1, 2011 at 11:55 am

I literally have like 343 cans of chickpeas but keep neglecting them for some reason. Dude, make yourself some of Evan’s dessert hummus. I’ve never tried it, but it looks amazeballs!

Lauren March 1, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I went to high school with Shawntel N. from The Bachelor :) She is way too cute and sweet for that douch bag guy… just saying!

And now, I have to go to yoga but will be making hummus when I get back!

emily (a nutritionist eats) March 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Ok, so I’ve figured out my roasting chickpeas problem!! I wasn’t roasting them long enough, they always ended up kind of mushy…
Also, I don’t know where you come up with stuff like this, but I love it: “and enough fiber-filled garbanzo beans to cleanse the digestive track of a Japanese sumo wrestling team.”

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather March 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm

your writing makes chickpeas sound so fun, and I like chickpeas! Slow roasted to perfection. I love a touch of ketchup in my marinade. It makes them all glazed and sweet :)

Kay March 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I love garbanzo beans. You should check out Cookie Dough Dessert Hummus. You may have already seen it… but it looks AMAZING. :)

Sissy #1 March 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Best paragraph ever. Well done.

Because when 120 minutes of your Monday night is repeatedly sucked into a vortex of low-cut tops, hormone-induced tears and obscene amounts of bronzer in what promises to be “the most dramatic rose ceremony ever,” you are going to need something delicious to keep you company as you watch desperate 24-year-old women compete for the attention of an emotionally-defunct 38-year-old man.

julie March 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

ohhh if you love crunchy savory banzos you MUST make cinnamon sugar ones. actually don’t because they’re so good that they just become bad and addicting kind of like the bachelor hence why i’ll never not watch a season haah

Jess March 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I LOVE garbanzo beans–your beans look fabulous!!

amanda March 2, 2011 at 6:11 am

i think jake g. is only seconds away from snatching you up. you two can eat garbanzo beans together all you want. because yes, he totally likes them too!

Katie March 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I’m so glad you didn’t reveal who Brad kicked off…I have The Bachelor all saved up and ready to watch on my DVR…but no time until Thursday. Thanks for not ruining the suspense of “the most dramatic rose ceremony” for me. :-)

Ashley March 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I just did a post about hating veggies..but I do like garbanzo beans! I didn’t really think legumes counted..guess I will have to up my intake!

Rikke March 5, 2011 at 9:25 am

I love these chickpeas!! Sweet and savory…and no sugar!

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