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Black Chick Peas!

Made a big pot of ChickPea stew, the best salad ever and roasted chickpeas. Impressive and Easy.

Brought 10 pounds of black chickpeas directly from farmer.

Planned on making several meals so I rinsed and boiled about 1 1/2 pounds of chickpeas. Used what is sometimes called quick boil method. This saves energy as it reduces the time the stove is on. Bring chickpeas to a boil and then turned off stove and wait. for an hour or two. Hung outside drinking coffee:)

Turn stove on to medium heat. Cook for 40 minutes. Taste to make sure chickpeas are fully cooked. Remove 2/3rds of chickpeas and drain.

In the pot with the third of chickpeas – add your favorite soup stuff. This time, I used leeks, carrots, zucchini, cauliflower

Roasted chickpeas- make sure totally dry add olive oil and let sit for a few minutes. Preheat stove to 350. Bake for 30 minutes- checking once or twice. Move peas around

ChickPea salad. Purple onion, fresh tomato, carrots, cauliflower oil and vinegar. This was great.

Tasty Peasant Food

Corn Gruel May invoke memories of the dark ages yet buy the organic corn meal at the co-op and discover tasty and inexpensive and Fast food.

Fill a coffee mug about 1/4 fill of corn meal, add water so cup is 3/4 full microwave for 2 minutes- stir and let sit a few minutes.

Now is when fun starts find you favorite flavorings. Ours is Cajun Spice from Minnesota Nice Spice, May add a little oil or butter. Add frozen fresh corn. Microwave for one minute more.

Dilly Beans (or Beat) MN STATE Fair Recipes – August 23

Fun to learn of Lazy, Good Food ways of cooking at the first day of the Minnesota State Fair!   This idea for Dilly Beans comes from – Sue Bembenek

Dilly Beans. Brine is 1c water, 3/4c white vinegar, 1t sugar, 2t salt. Bring to boil and just cook till all is dissolved. Meanwhile in 2-16oz jars, place in EACH JAR 1 clove sliced garlic, bunch of fresh dill or 1t dried dill, 1/2t whole coriander, and 1/8t of crushed red pepper flakes and 1/4t dried mustard seeds. Fill with fresh green beans, cleaned and tips removed. Large green beans that are over large work well too. Keep beans long, and lay along side of jar until filled. Put cut pieces in to fill the top. Pour brine over all. Cover and keep in fridge. Keeps for a long time. Tastes like pickles Also very good on other vegetables like carrots, cauliflower. Crunchy vegetables. Maybe beets would be good too. Enjoy. Can start eating the next day! 1/4 jar has 83mg of sodium, 14 calories, 3g carbs, 1g fiber, and 1g protein. I put them in grilled cheese sandwiches and where ever pickles are used.

Batch of chickpeas – four meals

Using a can of organic chickpeas is a quick way to get great food.   Yet using dried chickpeas is cheaper and in my humble opinion tastier.   The key is to soak overnight.

Step one:  Soak chickpeas.  I use a quart mason jar.  Fill the jar half full of dried chickpeas and add water to the top.   Cover.  In 8 to 12 hours,  the dried chickpeas will expand to fill the entire jar.   Drain water and rinse chickpeas.

Step two: Boil chickpeas.   There are many ways to do this and it is important to have beans well done.  I boiled for 20 to 30 minutes and then put in my “Wonderbag” for eight hours.  You can use a crockpot.    I have not tried the version where the beans are left on the stove for hours.

Meals with chickpeas:

Meal One:  Add chickpeas to lettuce salad

Meal Two:  Add chickpeas with cucumbers, onion and mint  for a quick salad

Meal Three: make vegan chickpea soup.  Saute onions & garlic & veggies in olive oil, add broth and then add chickpeas

Meal four:  Saute fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil & onion in oil add chickpeas serve over pasta.