Chickpea Salad with Lemon, Parmesan, and Fresh Herbs


After making this recipe, the song “My Favorite Things” from Mary Poppins started to play in my head. At first this seemed strange, but then it dawned on me why this song was stuck in my head — this recipe encompasses many of my favorite ingredients: lemon, basil, cheese, and garbanzo beans.

But, to be perfectly honest, I usually do not make “bean salads.” So, nonetheless, I was a bit hesitant to try this recipe of Chickpea Salad with Lemon, Parmesan, and Fresh Herbs; however, since it contained my favorite ingredients, I was hoping that the marriage of these elements would produce a fantastic result.

This recipe was a definite hit. The only modification I would make is to reduce the amount of lemon juice. But, other than that, this recipe is so simple that I will continue again and again to make it on days when I’m not in the mood to cook!

Cheers!

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Roast Chicken With Olives, Garlic, and Thyme

Olives are absolutely one of my favorite fruits. Yes, I said it — fruit. Most people don’t normally recognize an olive as a fruit because of it’s dark color and tart/bitter taste. Nonetheless, I love adding olives to everything — salads, sandwiches, pizzas, breads, and the like. My favorite type of olive is the traditional black olive; however, I do enjoy kalamata and green olives from time to time. My liking for olives first stemmed at a friend’s house when I was six years old. One of my kindergarten-aged friends proceeded to put a whole olive on each of his fingers. With my back turned to him, he frankly tapped me on the shoulder with his olive-draped claws (hands). While I chuckled at his creativity, I ensued to make my own “olive hands” and developed quite the fondness for olives.

Lately, I have felt that I’ve been neglecting using olives in my cooking. So, I decided to make Roasted Chicken With Olives, Garlic, and Thyme. After all, you need five servings of fruit a day, right? Well, at least this recipe will get me one serving closer to achieving that goal!

Step 1: Marinate Chicken With Vinaigrette,
Lemon Zest, Olives, Garlic, Thyme, Tomatoes,
Garbanzo Beans, and Salt


Step 2: Season Chicken With Pepper and Salt;
Roast for 20 Minutes

Step 3: Spoon Olives and Pan Juices
Over Chicken and Serve!

I was absolutely ecstatic after eating this meal. Grinning ear to ear, I definitely fulfilled my olive craving (perhaps even for the month). The vinaigrette seasoned the chicken perfectly and I’ve really come to like the technique of roasting chicken versus baking and frying. There’s just something extra special about the texture and flavor that arises from this technique. I’d definitely recommend anyone to make this meal (especially if you are an olive lover like me!).

Cheers!