Eating My Way Through

Roasting things… March 28, 2010

Filed under: Veggies — Nikki Wegner @ 10:03 pm
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Recently I discovered how easy it is to roast things. Obviously I was out of the loop. First I conquered Butternut Squash, a new-found favorite, then it was asparagus.

Tonight, it is chickpeas and then red potatoes.

I love crunchy, salty snacks. And when I have a bag of potato chips in front of me…I really can’t help myself! My love of all things salty and crunchy probably comes from my dad. He, and the dog, can down a whole bag of potato chips in one sitting!

So, as a healthy alternative to chips,  and to feed my desire for something salty when snack time roles around a 4pm each day, I decided to try roasting chickpeas. And they couldn’t be easier or yummier! They are nice and crisp and have the perfect salty taste to them. Plus chickpeas are a great source of protein, something that I never seem to eat enough of.

Chickpeas Baking

Chickpeas Baking


Yum...crunchy goodness!

French fries, like potato chips, are another thing I cannot control myself around. Admittedly they are my weakness. Basically any thing in french fry form I can get behind. Roasting potatoes are a great way to get my fix, without all the calories and fat.

Tonight, I am roasting them with a spicy chipotle seasoning. I love adding ground chipotle pepper to things. Ranch dressing, mayo…it spices things up but with a nice and smoky taste that gives lots of flavor without being too hot for me to handle.  These potatoes have a bit of a kick to them but paired with a simply cooked chicken breast are a great side dish.

Potatoes Roasting

Potatoes Roasting

Roasted Red Potatoes with Chipotle Seasoning

Ready to eat!

Here’s are the recipes. Enjoy!

Roasted Chickpeas

1 15 oz can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 tsp Kosher Salt

1 tsp Garlic Salt

Cooking Spray


Pre-Heat oven to 350°

Spray baking sheet with cooking spray

Spread drained and rinsed chickpeas out on the pan

Sprinkle with various salts

Bake chickpeas for 45-50 minutes. Every 15 minutes shake the pan to evenly roast

Yields 4, 1/4 cup, servings

Roasted Red Potatoes with Spicy Chipotle Seasoning (adapted from Eating Well)

1 1/2 lbs Red Potatoes, washed, halved or quartered depending on how big you want your pieces

4 tsp Olive Oil

1/2 tsp Kosher Salt

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

1/2 tsp Ground Chipotle Pepper

Cooking Spray


Preheat oven to 450°

Combine oil, salt, garlic powder and pepper in a large bowl

Add potatoes and toss to coat

Spray rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray

Spread potatoes out evenly on baking sheet

Roast potatoes 25-35 minutes, stirring once or twice, until browned and fork tender

Yields 4 servings


Kicking things off…!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nikki Wegner @ 8:42 pm

I have been telling my friends here in DC that I am starting a blog about my adventures in cooking for a while now, so here goes!

Food is a big part of my life. Cooking is definitely a stress relief, and something I love doing for me, but also for the people I love.

And as the title says, food sometimes gets me through. Not gonna lie, I am a stress eater. But that doesn’t mean I need to eat poorly, or gorge on things that are bad for me. So here is my attempt to cook healthy and share some funny things that happen along the way!