Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas

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Chickpeas are one of my all time favorites. I’ll be the first to admit that I buy the canned and dried version. The dried beans I only buy when they are on sale for $0.99 or less. The sales are hardly ever advertised so I always make sure that I go down that aisle in the grocery store whenever I’m there. The lowest non-sale price I can find them for is $1.29. I know it’s only $0.30, but over time all the $0.30 cent savings add up. So I hold out for the sales – it makes me feel better when I know I’m getting a better deal.
Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas
Isn’t that how it makes you feel every time you save money at the grocery store? It’s got to feel rewarding in some way to know that you’ve saved some money.

Obviously, when I don’t have time, I can’t soak and prep these chickpeas like I did in this instance. All the pictures below are from a 1 lb bag of chickpeas. I neglected to take a picture of them soaking, but you know what that looks like: fill a large bowl with rinsed/sorted chickpeas, then fill it up with water way past the level of the chickpeas and let it soak overnight.

The first time I made the entire 1 lb bag I was shocked at just how much it filled up my huge jelly roll pan, but it’s great for making roasted chickpeas which is what I made this time. I would much rather munch on these healthy, crunchy, seasoned chickpeas then anything processed from the grocery store. Still working on my goals, and still moving forward (I hope you are too!).

These are a cheap, healthy snack! 1 bag of dried chickpeas makes in the neighborhood of 6(ish) cups of prepared beans.

There are lots of recipes online for roasted chickpeas from sweet to savory. Just find one that appeals to you and try it. You’ll love it.

A tip you’ll want to remember is that you should sample one before you decide to take them out of the oven. You will want them crispy and if the one you sample isn’t crispy then I would leave them in the oven for a few more minutes or so. I like mine crispy and end up leaving them in the oven (watched carefully so they don’t burn) for upwards of 10 extra minutes.
I soaked them overnight, cooked them the next day, then bagged them (after they cooled) and refrigerated and roasted them the following day. If I am home, or inside, I could do it a lot quicker, but sometimes I do it in little chunks of time because that’s all I am able to manage.
Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas
They completely fill the pan in this next picture:
Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas
As you’ll notice in this next picture, they shrink down a bit after roasting:
Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas
They were so good. I prefer them still warm – you can really taste the flavors of the seasoning then, but I eat them room temperature as well. I suppose I could try warming them up in a pan or microwave, too.
Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas

What about you? Have you made roasted chickpeas before? What’s your go-to recipe – sweet or savory? Let me know in the comments! Thanks!

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Barbecue Bean Sloppy Joes

In honor of Meatless Monday, I thought I would share a favorite in the Cheap Frugal Headquarters household!

These are so good, and so “meaty” you won’t miss the meat – I promise you that!

These are quick and easy, healthy, and so very inexpensive to make too!

This recipe makes a ton and the leftovers freeze wonderfully! It’s always so nice to have freezable leftovers to save yourself time in the kitchen another time.

Barbecue Bean Sloppy Joes

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Barbecue Bean Sloppy Joes
Hearty, filling, and deliciously inexpensive - you'll definitely put this on your recipe rotation for years to come!
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  1. Place onion and bell pepper in large skillet with broth on medium stirring occasionally until vegetables soften slightly.
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  2. Add remaining ingredients (except buns) and cook for about 12 minutes, until well heated.
    Barbecue Bean Sloppy Joes
  3. Serve on top of your favorite hamburger/sandwich buns and a salad on the side!
    Barbecue Bean Sloppy Joes
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Meatless Dinner Idea: Carrot Hot Dogs

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This year is the year for me to try new things – more specifically – new food items, recipes, vegetables, etc.

I belong to a vegan group on facebook and someone posted a recipe for carrot hot dogs a couple of weeks ago. Other than shredding them for salad, or chopping them up for soup, I don’t use carrots for anything else. So, my curiosity was piqued. And, since I’m trying to eat more vegetables and less meat, I decided to try it.

I had all the ingredients on-hand, so I decided that I would make them. The only drawback I found to the recipe is that you have to marinate them overnight, so it’s not like you can eat them the same day you cook them. They really need that overnight time in the refrigerator to soak up some of the marinade.

The positives for this recipes is that carrots are healthy, the ingredients aren’t bad and they are not hard to find, and I can get a 2 lb. bag of carrots for $0.97. That makes me very happy!

You can still put all your favorite condiments on the carrot hot dog such as some chopped onion, hot dog chili, ketchup and/or mustard and dress it up.

I took some photos of the process. The carrots in the buns don’t really look like carrots anymore, although the ones not in a bun still do. I thought they tasted good, and it’s a definite healthy replacement for hot dogs.

Meatless Dinner Idea Carrot Hot Dogs

Meatless Dinner Idea Carrot Hot Dogs

Meatless Dinner Idea Carrot Hot Dogs

Meatless Dinner Idea Carrot Hot Dogs

If you are interested in trying something new, something healthier and something meatless, here’s the recipe:

Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments

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These are adorable, frugal and great gifts to give out to show a little love to some of those special people in your life.


For instructions, go here —>>> Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments

Golden Santa Bread

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Golden Santa Bread


You can find the full recipe here — >>> Golden Santa Bread

Snowman Salt & Pepper Shakers

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Snowman Salt & Pepper Shakers
This craft is so easy to make, your kiddos will have a blast making them for each set of Grandparents, and Aunt and Uncles in your life, AND one for your house as well!

These are frugal too, if you go to Dollar Tree and purchase your salt & pepper shakers there. Check out the full instructions here — >>> Snowman Salt & Pepper Shakers