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Roasted chickpea salads and gay movies

Like I mentioned in our last post, chickpeas can be a great source of protein for those of us who don’t eat meat, or even for omnivores looking to occasionally eat a bit lighter.

I love chickpeas, and recently discovered that roasting them can give you a richer texture and flavor. Well, I had roasted chickpeas before, but I didn’t do it in the best way to get them sort of crispy. And it’s super easy.

Roast your chickpeas and then add then to your favorite summer vegetables.

Roast your chickpeas and then add then to your favorite summer vegetables.

How to roast chickpeas:

  • A can of chickpeas
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Other seasonings of your choice (I’ve used curry and cumin to great success, but depending what you’re mixing the chickpeas with, I can imagine a lot of other herbs working well too.)
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Then, the trick to getting them to crisp nicely is to dry them. So pour the chickpeas into a paper towel (you’ll probably want to fold it over/have two so that the liquid doesn’t soak through as much.) Wrap them up, roll them around, etc. until they’re pretty dry.
  3. Toss the chickpeas in a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil and your chosen seasonings until they’re well coated, spread them on a baking sheet, and roast them in the oven.
  4. If you want them a bit crispy, but still sort of soft, go for about 20 minutes. If you like them crispier/crunchier, go for closer to 30 or even 40. Either way, about halfway through the roasting time, give the pan a little shake to move them around so that they roast more evenly.

Summer spinach, strawberry, and chickpea salad:

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This is another one of the dishes that taught Christina that even the lowly salad can be pretty exciting. I think it’s super refreshing for hot summer days. You will need:

  •  Chickpeas (you can roast them, or if you are in more of hurry, just drain and rinse them before you put them in)
  • Spinach
  • Chopped strawberries
  • Half a small red onion
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, sliced (an easy thing to do is hard boil some eggs on a Sunday and keep them in the fridge for instant protein during the week)

Throw them all together in a big bowl. I like to dress it with just a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper. If you have a little lemon juice to squeeze over it, that could enhance your experience.

Christina’s Corner:

Pride month is over but that doesn’t mean you should stop your gay-learning and loving (obviously that should never stop). But if you’re about to fall into withdrawal from parades, mass gay weddings, and rainbow clothing, don’t worry. There is something called the Internet.

On Netflix, start with Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement, a documentary about Edie Windsor from the DOMA case. It’s only an hour long and it will most likely make you feel feelings. It was made while Edie’s late spouse, Thea, was still alive, so it provides a nice glimpse into the relationship that helped strike down a section of federal law. If you’re in the mood for some more mainstream gay movie watching, Oscar winning Brokeback Mountain is also on Netflix. However, if you’re like me and have seen it one too many times, read Annie Proulx’s short story that was the inspiration for the film. 

Netflix added more gay movies (easily found under the Gay & Lesbian tab) for the month of June (no word yet on their expiration date), so be sure to check out some you haven’t seen. My favorites are High Art, Lost and Delirious, and Loving Annabelle.

After you’ve watched all of these movies and had your feelings fest, listen to some Indigo Girls and eat a chickpea salad.