roasted chickpeas + meal planning

Being the end of the month, the ‘grocery’ cash envelope was running a little bit low. When meal planning today, there had to be a couple of repeat and cheaper meals on the menu until the budget gets built back up again!
I managed to get everything we needed for the week at Walmart for only $55.60. There were a couple of ‘wants’ that were cut out, like berries for breakfast and oats, but I think we’ll survive. 🙂 We opted for an easy comfort meal for dinner tonight, and are going with another cheap and easy meal Wednesday since Kyle plays softball. I haven’t figured out exactly what my new recipe this week is going to be, but with the dinner entrees I’ve given myself I think we can find/come up with something new! (Saturday isn’t planned out yet since we are celebrating our two year (dating) anniversary that day!
Since we try to stick to our cash budgets as much as we can, we’ve found some cheap and easy snacks that we can throw into our meal plan frequently. One of our new favorites is roasted chickpeas. One 16 oz can of chickpeas is only $0.68 at Walmart…I’d say that qualifies as cheap. You can read the recipe below too, to see how easy they are to make!
Chili Garlic Roasted Chickpeas 

  • 2 16 oz. cans of chickpeas
  • EVOO
  • teaspoon of chili powder
  • teaspoon of garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Open can of beans, and drain into a strainer. Rinse with cool water thoroughly. Spread them out on a paper towel to dry off completely. You’ll see some of the thick ‘skin’ on the beans. Just remove any from the batch that are loose.
  3. Once beans are dried, add to a bowl with a lid. Swirl EVOO over the top of them, and seasonings. Toss to coat evenly.
  4. Spread out on a baking sheeet, and roast for about 30 minutes or until they become crunchy.
  5. Let them cool completely before separating into desired snack sizes.
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