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Crispy, crunchy, inexpensive, and unconventional, these chickpeas are packed with protein and make for a flavorful side dish, a tasty alternative to snack-time chips, or a vibrant addition to a salad. Krysta, Recipe Hunter

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Lemon Zest Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas: A plant-based power protein for pennies

Who knew the tiny chickpea had so much culinary potential? Mild in flavor with a unique texture, these little guys are high in both fiber and protein, not to mention superbly versatile. A departure from the typical soft hummus or falafel formation, Shira’s dish is a crispy, tangy take on chickpeas that will blow your mind. Quick to cook up and easy to eat, these roasted chickpeas take on a citrusy, crunchy personality with the kick of savory spices. These nutritious crowd pleasers are inexpensive and a make a perfect side dish, a great alternative to a handful of high-fat nuts or potato chips, or an exciting toss-in for a more substantial salad.


Shira McDermott from In Pursuit of More

As a food lover, I believe eating well should be accessible to all, and that eating healthfully needn’t be overly expensive or complicated. By using seasonal, plant-based ingredients, my aim is to inspire people to cook and eat well & always with a healthy dose of gratitude.

Shira is a food blogger and professional writer who rocks a million-dollar smile and a passion for eating well. On her blog, In Pursuit of More, she shares uncomplicated recipes that make healthful living a cinch, without a single boring dish in the bunch. Shira follows the philosophy that nutritious food can be accessible to everyone, and doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. She believes food brings people together, and the well-lived life is always full of flavor. A lifelong vegetarian, she loves gardening, running, and hanging out with her two fabulous kids (and soul-mate husband) at their home in Vancouver, BC. Shira is inspired by dreams of roaming the countryside, enjoying everything in life with gratitude, and lots and lots of love.

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How to Quick Soak Dried Beans in 1 Hour

We’ve talked about dried beans before as one of our favorite budget-friendly ingredients. What you’ll save in money, however, is often offset by how much time it takes to cook dried beans, especially when you have to soak them overnight before boiling. Well, we discovered a great way to “quick soak” dried beans in an hour!

Wash and rinse the dried beans then add to a large pot. Cover with several inches of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes, uncovered, then remove from the heat, cover, and let sit for 1 hour. Drain and use like any other dried and soaked bean.

Even if you forget to put the beans in water the night before, this technique allows you to still use any dried bean on the same day. Yes, you can save money AND time!