WIAW–Recipe Extreme

Remember when I said my goal was to make all of my meals this week?

Well, thanks to Jenn and What I Ate Wednesday, I am here to show you some of the recipes I’ve made this week! All of this along with lots of fruit, salad, veggies, and yogurt, here’s what I’ve been eating!

Roasted Chick Peas (from Cupcake Project)


  • 1 can (14 oz) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or your spice(s) of choice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Place chickpeas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. Bake at 450 F for 30 minutes. (You didn’t miss anything here.  You don’t oil or season them until after they are done.  In fact, for an extra healthy treat, try them when they get out of the oven before even adding the oil.  They are enjoyable all on their own.)
  3. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl and mix thoroughly with the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Enjoy hot, or bring to room temperature and store in an air-tight container.  Like popped corn, the chickpeas are never as good the next day.  However, they are still quite enjoyable 3-4 days after making them.   (Totally true…they don’t stay crunchy for long!)


Random bowl of brown rice, green bell pepper, and sweet potato.

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal (from Chocolate Covered Katie)


  • 1/2 cup oats (50g)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • sweetener, such as 1 1/2 T maple syrup or 1 to 1 1/2 packs stevia (I omitted, but I’ve cautioned y’all before about my lack of sweet tooth.)
  • 3 T unsweetened applesauce (60g)
  • 1-2 T chopped apple
  • 1/4 cup milk, creamer, juice, or water (I used 60g water)
  • heaping 1/16th tsp salt
  • Optional: 1T oil or nut butter (if oil, scale the milk back a little)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine raw oats, spices, applesauce, apple, and liquid. Pour into a small baking pan, loaf pan, or 1-cup ramekin (or, for mini boats, two 1/2-cup ramekins). Cook for 15-20 minutes, or more until it’s firm. Finally, set your oven to “high broil” for 3 more minutes (or simply just bake longer, but broiling gives it a nice crust). Don’t forget to spray your ramekins first if you want your cakes to pop out.

Lentil Burger


  • 1 cup uncooked lentils
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups uncooked oatmeal
  • 1 tsp season salt
  • Flour as needed to thinking the patty

Cook lentils and rice in 4 cups water for 45 minutes, simmering over low heat in a covered pan. Allow to cool. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Shape into patties and cook on griddle or pan (may spray with non-stick spray) over medium heat, until nicely browned (about 6 minutes per side).

Yep, I was unaware just how much that recipe would make.  Not only did I freeze a lot of it, but I also have a huge plate worth to use throughout the week.  I didn’t make it all into patties (which didn’t stick so well), and kept some of it to sub for ground meat.  I LOVED this recipe! Then again, I loved all of the foods I have made lately Winking smile.


Looks like I’ll be eating a lot of lentil patty in my future…

Have you made anything drool-worthy this week?

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39 Responses to WIAW–Recipe Extreme

  1. Great job with all of the recipes Nikki! I tried making an oatmeal bake on my blog the other day…. yeah, it didn’t turn out as nice as yours lol
    I love the chickpea idea, one i have yet to try but want to!

  2. CCK’s baked oatmeal recipes are the best! And now that I’ve seen them pop up on a few blogs, I’ve got to try roasting chickpeas!

  3. Good job getting your vegetables in! Lots of color in there!

  4. Awesome job cooking for yourself! I know how busy your schedule is, and give you major kudos for squeezing in some new recipes! :D

  5. Thanks for sharing! All the recipes look great. December 2010 I said I was going to make my lunch for work everyday and so far I have followed through. Much healthier that way!

  6. that apple cinnamon oatmeal and lentil burger look awesome!

  7. katalysthealth

    I love the idea of roasted chickpeas, but mine are never crunchy, which seriously depresses me!! I want that nice crunch, I think they would be perfect in salads! Owell…

  8. Good for you for making so many delicious things! I actually have a simple yet delicious recipe coming up on my blog, soon :)

  9. all of this looks so delicious! can I hire you to be my personal chef? haha I did make something drool worthy, although I can in no way claim them healthy……oreo truffles!!!!

  10. The chickpeas look like they’d be fun to make. Do you tend to make them sweet or savory?

    I haven’t made anything drool-worthy this week but I do love it when a recipe makes a ton of leftovers so there’s less work later in the week!

  11. Love love love roasted chickpeas! I like to load them up with garlic (making everyone around me hate me!) and tend to eat the entire can haha.

  12. Oh! I’ve wanted to try those roasted chickpeas. Looks SOOO yummy!!!

  13. AHHH! I think you just solved my WTF do i do with all this oatmeal conundrum!!

  14. I love that you made a sweet version of roasted chickpeas. I am definitely trying this next. :)

  15. Yum! I’ve been wanting to try roasted chickpeas forever – they are by far my favorite!

  16. Chelsea @ Chelsea Runs

    Those lentil creations look AWESOME! I love using lentils as a sub for meat :) Happy WIAW!

  17. I thought you might like the pink goggles! :)
    how is everything going with you? healed? I hope so!
    I am loving all your lentil and chickpea LOVE!

  18. The chickpeas look awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe…can’t wait to try it at home!

  19. I swear everything I have eaten this week was drool-worthy..especially the pretzel pb cups! I neeed to make those chick peas YUM!

  20. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    It looks like you’ve had a great week! That baked oatmeal in particular is calling out to me :)

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