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    I have been on an ice-cream kick lately… to correct myself, on “homemade” ice-cream kick. It is just so easy to make your own, not cheap at all just to warn you guys, but you can definitely taste the difference between homemade and…

Piglets in a Blanket

Piglets in a Blanket

These super easy and delicious Piglets in a Blanket are a staple in my house appetizers or hors d’oeuvre, especially during parties. Well, I must say that piglets in a blanket are one of my kids’ favorites quick after-school snacks. However, over the years I…

Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas

Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas

Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas

I call this Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas a perfect Avo Toast. They are so popular these days and extremely versatile. I just love them as well as my kids.

You can make them vegetarian or vegan, or add bacon, chicken, eggs, etc. I also love using different types of bread for my avocado toast. It all depends on what I got in my kitchen or what I crave at that moment.

I have made it before with some everything bagel chickpeas, smoked salmon as well as avo-prosciutto toast. One of the most versatile foods, right?!

What is your favorite AVO TOAST? Please do share it with me in the comments. I would love to hear.

Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas

The first time I tried avocado was 10 years ago. I almost puked when I tasted this marvelous fruit. Then about 5 or 6 years ago I fell madly in love with avocados.

I do not know what clicked the second time, but all of a sudden I actually loved the taste. Maybe a pinch of salt and a generous squeeze of lemon juice.

The same goes for Peanut butter. I hated PB so much, the taste was just awful to me, but now I can eat it with a spoon.

To stay on the topic, we eat a lot of avocados in my house. Besides dips and salads, this is how we eat it most of the time especially if they are overripe.

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Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas

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Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas
Yield: Serves 4

Avocado Toast with Spicy Chickpeas

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Simple, healthy, and easy brunch idea.

Ingredients

  • 8 Toast/Bread Slices
  • 1/2 tbsp Unsalted Butter Ghee or Vegan Butter could be used

Avocado:

  • 2 Ripe Avocado mashed
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spicy Seasoning I used Kick’n Chicken by Weber
  • 2 teaspoon Lemon juice Or Lime

Chickpeas

  • 1 can Organic Chickpeas You can cook them yourself as well
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted Butter Vegan butter, Coconut oil/butter or Ghee could be used
  • 1/2 tsp Organic Tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp. Spicy Seasoning I used Kick’ n Chicken by Weber
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon or Lime Juice

Garnish:

  • Chopped Parsley

Instructions

  1. Heat a skillet or a frying pan with a bit of butter, then add slices of toast or any bread that you wish to use and toast for a minute or two on both sides until you reach the right (golden) color.
  2. Scoop avocado and mash it, add salt, pepper, seasoning and a generous squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Mix it well and set aside. You may also add garlic if you wish for more garlic taste.
  3. Heat a skillet or saute/frying pan and add butter. Drain chickpeas (reserve chickpeas water or vegan whipped cream). Now add chickpeas to the skillet and add seasonings and lemon or lime juice. Allow it to cook for about 3-5 minutes, mixing it frequently until you reach your desired taste of crunchiness. If you like it softer, stir fry it less, but leave it for up to 5 minutes to really get toasty chickpeas at a medium-high temperature to reach that slight outside crunch and softer inside. I like it that way, but you may cook it more or less. Also, use seasoning to please your own taste. I use more spicy seasoning because I like it, but use just a dash if you do not like it as much.
  4. Now, spread mashed avocado over the toasted bread, add a spoonful or more of spicy chickpeas and garnish it with a bit of chopped parsley.

Notes

You may use your own seasoning blend: Salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, chili flakes, thyme, parsley, cayenne pepper, etc. Whatever blend suits you as long as it got a bit of heat to it!

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Buckwheat Waffles GF, DF

Buckwheat Waffles GF, DF

Buckwheat Waffles GF, DF Recipe

The very first time I tasted buckwheat waffles it tasted like cardboard. Yeah, I am not kidding. It still tastes like it, but I am guessing my taste buds adopted that particular taste.

I add fresh fruit as you can tell on my images and plenty of delicious maple syrup as well as some type of nuts, depending on what I’d have on hand that day.

Buckwheat is fantastic for us. It is a perfect way to include a nutritious meal at least for a breakfast. Like I said below in my notes, Buckwheat is naturally gluten-free even though the “wheat” throw you into believing that it’s not.

Buckwheat Waffles GF, DF Recipe

It has 40g of whole grain per serving and a good source of fiber. My kids ate it and didn’t even notice the difference because of the addition of banana and berries, as well as maple syrup.

Also, I added in my notes health benefits of Buckwheat, so please get informed because it may help you.

I hope you try this recipe and like it. Don’t judge it too much because just think of how amazing it is for our body.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

Buckwheat Waffles GF, DF Recipe

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Buckwheat Waffles GF, DF

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, holidays, brunch,
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sandra | Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ARROWHEAD MILLS BUCKWHEAT PANCAKE AND WAFFLE MIX
  • 1 EGG beaten or an egg substitute
  • 1 tbsp OIL I would suggest melted coconut oil or olive oil add to health benefits
  • 2 tbsp. Pure Organic Maple Syrup OR 100% Organic Honey
  • 1 cup Almond or Coconut milk use Soy Milk as a substitute
  • 1/2 cup Gluten free Oats look for organic, non-GMO gluten-free oats, but Gluten Free, Rolled Oats by Bob’s Red Mill is not bad at all

Instructions

  1. Heat the waffle maker.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the waffles until lumps free.
  3. Grease waffle iron with an oil using a pastry brush.
  4. Add waffle batter on a hot waffle iron and close.
  5. Make accordingly to your waffle maker.
  6. Serve with syrup or honey and fresh fruits and nuts.

Recipe Notes

GF Gluten Free DF Dairy Free This is from the ARROWHEAD MILLS BUCKWHEAT PANCAKE AND WAFFLE MIX. IF you want to make your own mix just use ARROWHEAD MILLS BUCKWHEAT FLOUR and add 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). I rarely use mixes, but this one looked promising. ARROWHEAD MILLS is NON-GMO, AND USDA organic. If you look for a taste of your regular waffles this is not it, but if you add syrup or honey as a topping it’s quite pleasant. This is NOT a sponsored post nor was I sent this product to review. This is fully purchased on my behalf. I found this particular brand in my local Whole Foods Market, Inc. BUCKWHEAT flour is GLUTEN FREE. Buckwheat Benefits Improves Heart Health By Lowering Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Levels Helps Prevent Gallstones Health-Promoting Potential Equal to or Even Higher than that of Vegetables and Fruits Significant Cardiovascular Benefits for Postmenopausal Women Contains Disease-Fighting Antioxidants Provides Highly Digestible Protein High Fiber Content Helps Improve Digestion Can Help Prevent Diabetes Doesn’t Contain Gluten and Is Non-Allergenic Supplies Important Vitamins and Minerals

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Oven Roasted Chestnuts

Oven Roasted Chestnuts

Oven Roasted Chestnuts

One of the treats that I remember during my high school years were roasted chestnuts. So I just have to make my own Oven Roasted Chestnuts when the Fall comes.

When the November starts and during Winter season vendors would be on the streets of Belgrade selling chestnuts, and pumpkin seeds.  

The warm scent that filled the cold air was unbelievable, almost intoxicating that you simply have to stop and get some.

When the vendor packs them in the newspaper cones, that would warm my freezing hands until I’d reach the bus station.

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I hide behind the kiosks and newspaper stands and munch on these until my bus or trolley arrives. Oh!  They were so luscious, warm and sweet in so many ways.

Well, it was hard to wake up very early to get to school on time. You see, I had to walk by myself for 15 minutes, get on the public bus, then change several trollies just to get to school on time each morning.

However, I looked forward to some of my favorite things like roasted chestnuts.

It always fills my heart with delight. You just wait until the end of the day to get something from the street vendor before you go home. 

Oven Roasted Chestnuts

The funniest memory that was not so funny at the moment when I roasted chestnuts at home. I lived in this old house and right below me was my friend who I spend after-school time.

So, I turned the oven on, wiped all the chestnut with the damp kitchen towel and threw them in the oven to roast. Without thinking, I went downstairs to drink coffee with my friend.

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As we went on and on about our day, we could hear a noise (BOOM!) that sounded like somebody is breaking into my place.

We were terrified, and my friend pushed me out of her door and stood there like a Statue Of Liberty… She couldn’t move. I took the biggest knife from her kitchen and went bravely upstairs.

I shouted, I screamed, I threatened… For probably 10 minutes. “Get out of my house… I have a knife, and I am not afraid to use it…” My friend was ready to start calling cops. I looked back and her finger was on that “finger-wheel”.

OK! This was before the cell phone era, and when the rotary finger-wheel phones are still in many of the households. Anyhow, I shouted again, and again…

Oven Roasted Chestnuts

And the noise was louder and louder every couple of seconds, as I was making each step. As I made it to the top of the stairs, just then I remembered that the noise was coming from my kitchen.

Yup! The thing that never answered my threats was, in fact, chestnuts that were roasting in my oven. How stupid of me, right?!

But I was like 15 years old, so I didn’t know that you have to score chestnuts, and if you don’t they will start bombarding your oven.

Nowadays, I usually roast them on the grill or in the oven and they wake up the warm and fuzzy sensation from the happy memories of my high school days.

TIPS:

To guarantee that you’re getting fresh, healthy chestnuts, avoid wrinkles, mottled, or dingy shells. These things can indicate mold or that they’re past their prime.

Also, check for pinholes as this can indicate worms. The chestnut season is October through the end of December, so any for sale outside that window will likely be either too young or too old.  You want shiny, firm nuts that have little, if any, space between the shell and the meat inside.

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Oven Roasted Chestnuts
Yield: Serves 4

Oven Roasted Chestnuts

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Roasting Time: 20 minutes
Boiling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy way to make over-roasted chestnuts

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 pounds CHESTNUTS

Instructions

  1. Clean each chestnut with the damp kitchen towel.
  2. With a sharp knife, make a cut across the belly side of the chestnuts. You can also score cross, but one cut across the belly is easy to open it up after they are completely done.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Place the chestnuts in one layer of the baking tin just to measure how many you can use in one layer before boiling.
  5. Boil water, then turn down on simmer. When you see small simmering bubbles add chestnuts and simmer for 10 full minutes under the lid on low heat.
  6. Drain the chestnuts, then roast the chestnuts for 20 to 25 minutes at 400F depending on your oven.
  7. When the chestnuts start to open, most likely they are doing. Squeeze one or two of the chestnuts to check if the meat inside is softer and the shell is cracking. You do not want to burn them.
  8. When done, keep them in the baking tin for a minute or two covered with a large kitchen towel; this will make them even softer and better for eating after they steam up for just a bit under the kitchen towel.
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