Monday, September 10, 2012

Busy Times? Quick, simple Chickpea Tacos.

I have a to do list. It's so large I have no idea where to start!

What I find great about this list?  I have things I need to do to better my future. To better my family's future!

It's so exciting!!

Yesterday I spent most of the day juicing. Juicing, juicing, juicing.  Why so much juice? Well, I'm teaching a workshop this weekend all about juicing and smoothies. I'm honored to teach with my Holistic Health Coach, Mel Mason. She and I seem to really work together. We have talents that combined make us like super heros!

I often juice, a few times a week actually, but rarely ever measure. This is why the day was spent juicing. I needed to get the measurements down in order to share the recipes. I love the health benefits of juice. I love that I can get so many veggies in such an easy manner. I also love that my little one gets her veggies simply by drinking some tasty juice!

So, back to my to do list. I have so much to get done. Why are there never enough hours in a day?

Still recipe testing, which is actually quite fun. New things that I can give my thoughts and opinions about. I love it. But, it's time consumer for sure. One day I will ask of others what I've been asked. Now that's exciting!!

I have a blog to write for a guest spot. I'm so nervous that it won't be *just right!* I'm working on the recipe portion as our dinner tonight. I'm hoping to get fabulous pictures!

I have a bio to write about myself. That's tough, I tell you! How do people do it? I need a ghost writer of sorts. Sheesh!

I start with my very first personal chef client next week. This excites me to no end. I just can't wait to get this chapter of my life started. I hope I do it ALL right! I hope they love my cooking! I hope I can watch my business grow.

I'm really doing this. I'm getting things done.

What I need to remember, what we all need to remember is to slow it down a bit. Take some time for yourself. Be it yoga, meditation, walking/running, hiking, swimming. Whatever really helps you to relax. I like to get to the gym, even if for 30  minutes. It doesn't always happen and I often need to remind myself but I try and I know I need my "me" time! We all do.

Do something good for yourself today. Your "self" will thank you.

So, amongst all the busy schedules, the hurried life I created a simple recipe that you can make up in no time at all. It's simple, healthy and good.

Chickpea Tacos: Serve with a side of Mexican style rice or beans (or both)! Some salsa and chips are always a great pairing as well.

2 15 ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed (or 4 cups fresh cooked chickpeas)
2 Tablespoons Tamari
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

Taco Seasoning Mix: Use to taste, store leftovers in a air tight container
2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons black pepper

For tacos:
Vegan Cheese
Taco shells

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Mix beans, tamari, and lemon juice in a medium-sized bowl. Add taco seasoning to taste. Put beans on a lined cookie sheet, lightly sprayed with cooking spray and bake for 18-22 minutes.

Add your ingredients to the tacos when chickpeas are done and enjoy.

Cheers and happy eating!


  1. Marsha exciting about your new chapter in your life. Personal chef---you're going doing to be awesome!

  2. Thank you, Janae! That means so much to me!!

  3. This looks delicious! I can't wait to try this recipe.

    A friend of mine taught me this trick for making crispy tacos without the fat - simply baking it open face in the oven for a few minutes. When I learned this, all I could do was go "d'oh!" haha It's my favorite way to enjoy tacos at home.

    1. Chickpeas are so versatile. I don't know what I'd do without them! I love them baked!! So yum!