Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas

August 25, 2010

I was excited to do mile-repeats on the track this morning since I didn’t make it out for a run yesterday. Plus, I had wanted to do mile repeats on Monday morning, but my plantar fascia was bothering me, so I just ran a few easy miles.

Once again I didn’t sleep very well last night, but I wasn’t tired when my alarm went off at 5 a.m. this morning, thankfully. I got up, quickly dressed, and ran to the track. (It is so nice living near a track!)

Workout

Warm-up: 2 miles

4 x Mile-repeats:

#1 ~ 7:43

#2 ~ 7:29

#3 ~ 7:14

#4 ~ 7:00

Cool-down: 2 miles

I didn’t mean to do negative splits (running each one faster). I would have rather had my times be more consistent, but I suppose this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I was planning on running only 3 repeats, but since the first one was so slow, I tacked on a 4th one. I felt good and my legs felt really fresh (probably since I didn’t run yesterday). It was nice to get out on the track and do some “speed”ish running.

Breakfast

For breakfast, I enjoyed a cool bowl of:

– Nancy’s Lowfast Plain Yogurt

– chia seeds

– unsweetened shredded coconut

– Quaker Oat Squares

– frozen blueberries

– almond butter

– agave nectar

Lunch

Lunch was a modge podge of different foods.

Salmon Chowder from the freezer.

Tastes just as good as when I first made it.

A piece of bread to go with the soup. It would have been nice to have some “fancy” bakery bread, but this is what we had in the house–oh well.

A juicy nectarine.

Roasted chickpeas–Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas (I ate about 1/3 of the container.)

I’ve been wanting to roast chickpeas for a while now and finally took the time to find a recipe and do it!! Isn’t that always the hardest part?

Through a variety of blogs, I tracked down this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas from Peas and Thanks You.

Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas

Ingredients:

1 can of chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry

2 T. maple syrup

1 t. canola oil (or oil of your choice)

1 t. apple cider vinegar

1/8 t. salt

1/4 t. nutmeg

1/4 t. ginger

3/4 t. cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until evenly coated.

Spread chickpeas on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

Bake for 25 minutes.  Stir chickpeas every ten minutes to ensure even crisping.

I was very happy with how these guys turned out! I wasn’t quite sure that I wanted to make a sweet version, but it seemed like it was worth a try. I ended up eating them plain for lunch. I would have liked to use them as a topper on a salad, but we didn’t have any lettuce in the house. They were great plain though! Sweet and full of a cinnamon flavor–almost like honey-roasted peanuts. I sometimes struggle to find good protein sources since I don’t eat a lot of meat, so this is a great option for me.

Question

How do you deal with a extremely busy schedule?

I like to make a lot of lists to help me stay organized.

11 Comments
    1. I gotta say I’m jealous of those Oatmeal Squares. I just ran out of my stash!! -_- And those pumpkin chickpeas sound fabulous. I’m loving all this pumpkin showing up in the blog world- one more sign Fall’s on it’s way! 😀

    1. I like to make lists, too. (hmm….I wonder where you got your list making habit from?) It’s good to prioritize your list, too. Know what you have to get done and get those things done. Be willing to change your plans if something comes up that is important to do. Give yourself time limits.

      Try to designate your work to have someone else help you.

    1. I try to plan ahead to make my life a little easier. I know I’m a little slow moving in the morning, so at night I make my lunch, get my coffee maker set up, and pick out my clothes for the next day. If I am going to the gym, I’ll get that stuff ready, too. That way there is less time wasted in the morning figuring that stuff out.

      I also try to utilize my days off to get groceries and run errands, that way when I am busy working during the week I don’t have to find time to do those sorts of things. I can come home from work, run, eat dinner, and relax. 🙂

      You’ll get into the swing of it, Michelle! Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t do everything, you are only human after all 😉

      1. I do a lot of those same things, too! If I can get a lot of stuff done this weekend, I am optimistic that this next week will go more smoothly.

    1. That sounds delicious!! I am making it this week for sureee 🙂

    1. I stumbled upon your recipe for the chickpeas while looking for vegetarian/vegan recipes… Thank you! Just made them for lunch it was veryyy goood! 😀

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