Alright, I”m not even going to bother with any sort of weather comments (it”s still cold) or other preamble stuff because we have an epic recipe of the week to discuss. Brace yourselves.
1. Recipe of the Week: A couple of weeks ago I was asked to post more tasty, make-ahead, portable breakfast recipes on the blog and so far I”ve delivered two – there was the Berry Banana Chia Parfait last Wednesday, then its dark handsome cousin, the Double Chocolate Raspberry Chia Parfait on Monday. In scrolling through some of my old breakfast recipes, I noticed that there are very few pancakes and those that are there could do with some better photos. This, my friends, was the challenge I was faced with on the weekend. Well, that and figuring out how to get my car in and out of my snow covered parking spot.
Rather than looking back at the ingredients of those recipes and trying to make the same ones again, I started from scratch. In fact, my initial inspiration wasn”t those recipes, but these, which I picked up after work on Friday as a “yay, you had an awesome week” treat.
Before I go any further, let me just say that Chimes Ginger Chews are life changing. Ginger is one of my all-time favourite magic superfoods for so many reasons, and I honestly don”t eat sweets… except for these.
They are my weakness, my kryptonite, my lifesaver.
They”re my if-the-world-was-coming-to-an-end,-having-these-would-make-it-ok vice.
To that poor guy out there who”s trying to fix a complicated emotional issue for his wife or girlfriend as if it were as simple as a leaky pipe or a clogged drain: Just get her some ginger chews. It might not fix it, but it”ll help (at least it would for me).
Chimes Ginger Chews come in mango, orange, peppermint, original ginger (which I also bought) and the best of all, peanut butter. Peanut butter and ginger you ask? Whaaaaat?? Trust me on this one. Party. In. Your. Mouth.
Back to pancakes. On Saturday morning I was running on the treadmill at the gym and ALL I could think about was peanut butter and ginger. The thought of food normally makes me a little sick when I”m mid run, but not this time. I knew what had to happen when I got home.
These Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Ginger Protein Pancakes had me sitting at the kitchen table with a fork in my hand and a huge smile plastered across my face. I wanted to Instagram them with a caption that said something like OMG OMG OMG OMG GUYS!!! THESE! LOOK AT THESE!!!!!
But I didn”t. And instead I somehow managed to hold it together and patiently wait until this morning. But here they are, and you need to make them NOW. The first time I used ground ginger (which is what you see in these photos) but the second time I used fresh and it totally transformed the taste, making them a million times better. For those wondering, the protein comes from whey and egg whites, and therefore these are not vegan. BUT….. I am working on a vegan version and it”s not far off. Trust me, when it happens, you will know. I might even chop up some PB Chimes and toss them in the batter…. if they last that long. Chances are looking very slim.
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2. Nature”s Classic Young Garbanzo Beans. Meet my latest new Costco purchase:
These are young garbanzo beans (not to be mistaken with old ones, I suppose?) by Nature”s Classic. So what”s the difference between these and the garbanzos we know as chickpeas? According to the brand…
“Green Garbanzo Beans are young chick peas harvested at their peak of freshness and are nutrition packed! Nature’s Classic Green Garbanzos has a more flavorful taste than regular canned garbanzo beans. They are harvested early, and frozen quickly before the natural sugars turn to starch.”
“Being an excellent source of fiber, Nature’s Classic Green Garbanzo beans contribute to satiety, helping to maintain a healthy weight. They are an excellent source of folate (vitamin B9) and contain antioxidant vitamins A & C along with good-for-you phytonutrients. They are an all-natural non-allergenic fresh source of protein. A good source of iron, they contain other minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium for healthy blood and bones. Nature’s Classic Green Garbanzo beans are NON-GMO, gluten free and allergen free.”
The bag advised that they should either be boiled for 2-3 mins on the stove or microwaved, but I”m pretty sure that just like Nature”s Classic edamame (also available at Costco), you could just leave them out to thaw and they”d be just fine. Appearance-wise, these were about the same size as uncooked chickpeas, and (obviously) green.
The Nature”s Classic website recommends using them as a standalone vegetable, or in recipes for hummus, soups, salads, entrees, side dishes, smoothies or stir fried vegetables. While I was meal prepping for the week on Sunday afternoon, one of the salads I made consisted of the following:
- spiralized zucchini
- diced cherry tomatoes
- green garbanzo beans
- chopped roasted red bell peppers
- homemade balsamic vinaigrette
(This photo was taken before I transferred everything into a portable glass container to take to the office on Tuesday – my lunches definitely don”t look pretty at work.)
In comparison to a typical chickpea, the green garbanzos seemed a bit softer and less starchy. They were a bit like a green pea, but not as sweet. They went really nicely with the fresh herbs and balsamic vinegar, and I figure their softness would make for one very silky hummus! That”ll be my next trial, and in the meantime I”ve got a few servings sitting in my fridge that I plan to toss on top of salads this week.
So tell me…
- What”s the best thing you”ve eaten so far this week?
- Did you have any new-to-you experiences yesterday?