Hello and happy Friday! The thoughts, prayers, and positives vibes seem to be working… Tristan and Harper are holding strong on day 4. Keep ‘em coming! Yesterday I personally turned a corner with the whole situation. I was very upset/angry/depressed Tuesday and Wednesday, and then something happened where I just came to terms with the fact that it’s out of my hands. I feel much more positive and hopeful and just more at peace with the situation. I am being very positive because that is all that I have control over, and that realization just helped me to feel a lot better about the whole situation.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you probably see that I eat beans almost every single day. Until today, I had been using canned chickpeas and black beans, which I think are super easy, cheap, and convenient. I had seen people using dried beans all over the blog world and wanted to try it for myself, but always thought it was so complicated/hard/time consuming, and that canned was just the better option for me.
Yesterday morning before work, I emptied a bag of dried chickpeas into a pot.
I covered them with water and left them all day while I was at work and then to dinner with a friend. When I got home, I drained the water, covered them with new water, and boiled them for 45 minutes. Then I had a HUGE bowl with 10 servings of chickpeas, all for $1.69. So easy!
The beans stay good in the fridge for up to a week, and you can also freeze them if you can’t use ‘em up. I plan to freeze half and use half during the week, and am so happy I finally took the plunge and made beans like this. It was seriously so simple, especially if just leave them during work or overnight so you don’t even have to think about/wait for them to be done soaking. The other great thing is it’s really flexible with timing. I “accidentally” let them soak for 12 hours because of going to dinner, and they were totally fine. You just want to keep an eye on them while they’re boiling so that you don’t overcook them and turn them to mush.
These are AWESOME! They taste a lot better than canned beans in my opinion, and I didn’t add anything to them. I’m going to experiment with adding different things (onions, garlic, spices, etc) but this batch was just straight up.
For lunch today, I took 1/2 cup of the chickpeas (1 pt) and combined it with a cup of cherry tomatoes, cut in half, some chopped red onion, a handful of fresh basil, 1 tsp of olive oil (1 pt) and 2 tsp of balsamic vinegar.
The texture of these chickpeas is AWESOME. They taste so much better than the canned ones and really soak up the flavor of the dressing.
On the side I had 1 toasted multigrain flatbread (2 pts) and some peppers from my CSA.
‘Twas a delicious, balanced meal that took less than 5 minutes to throw together for lunch.
So the bad thing is that I woke up today feeling a little sick.. my nose is stuffy and my throat a little scratchy. This means that I can’t visit my sister and nephews in the NICU so I don’t get my sister or the babies sick, which is too bad since I’m going to be in Philly for the half. I ended up getting a hotel for tomorrow night that is walkable to the start of the race, and just have to plan a little bit for fuel for the race. It’s at 8am on Sunday and I can’t believe that by 12 on Sunday I’ll have run a half marathon!
I’m not sure if I’ll be back to update before the race, but I promise to be back with a recap after the fact.
Thanks again for all your support and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!
Do you eat beans a lot? Do you tend to use canned or dried?