Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Nashville, Lower Carb Mix, Roasted Chickpeas

Hello! I feel like I've been gone forever! Sorry this post took so long to get up! Josh and I had a wonderful weekend in Nashville with Josh's family! On Friday all of the girls went and got our toes done, then we went to the gym, and then had a relaxing evening which included a massage and dinner at one of my favorite places the Cheesecake Factory!

Saturday we got up early and headed out! Josh's parents rented a party boat and we went out on it for the whole day! It was an absolute blast! The weather was just perfect! The boat had a slide on it and a top deck that you could jump off of. Josh's parents also rented a big tube and we went tubing. Here are a few pics from the boat trip (Josh and I, the boat, me doing a cannonball, and Josh and I on the tube):

Sunday was a relaxing day. We headed to the airport and our flight was delayyyyed due to weather. We didn't end up getting in until around 3 am and so I took yesterday off of work. I cleaned up around the house and picked up Frank. I also made a random lower carb mix of turkey, green beans, white beans, whole wheat pasta and a little bit of stirfry sauce and cheese. It was pretty delicious.
I also tried this incredible recipe from Esi for Spiced Roasted Chickpeas. What a great snack!

Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

1 15 oz can organic chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)
1 tsp organic olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
few dashes of cayenne pepper
1 heaping tsp cumin

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and pat dry. Place chickpeas on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Shake sheet (carefully) about halfway through.

Take out chickpeas and place in a bowl. Add oil, salt, cayenne and cumin and mix well. Turn peas back onto the baking sheet and place in the oven for 5 to 15 minutes until bronzed and crunchy.
Did you have a good fourth?


Anonymous said...

Holy cow, that boat looks like SUCH a blast! I've never seen such a thing!! :)

Anonymous said...

Im stuck on the fact his parents rented a party boat.



Erica said...

Melissa- I know! This boat was AWESOME!

MizFit- They are the best! We always have fun with his family- never a dull moment :)

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

What a fun-filled weekend you had!! And wow, those spiced, roasted chickpeas sound amazing.

Yes, I had a good 4th of July :0)

Esi said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend!! Thanks for the shout out :)

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun weekend! I LOVE tubing - I haven't gone in the longest time, but every time I do I really enjoy it!

Those roasted chickpeas look yummy!

Sarah said...

Looks like an awesome weekend!

chandra said...

Love the pictures!! It looks like you had SO much fun!!

Cookie Sorkin said...

Hey Doll.thanks for making the trip! You look so cute holding your nose ( and Josh)....It was you Josh and the crew who put the "party" in the boat! A must annual event!
Love you! Lucky Other Mother

Anonymous said...

Hope you had fun in Nashville. It's a great town (where I live). Your food pictures look great!