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BBQ Chickpeas with Sweet Potatoes & Bok Choy

Good morning!

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Thank you all SO much for your sweet comments regarding my big announcement! It seems like everyone loves Chapel Hill and it got me even more excited to move there :) Now I just have to learn the UNC fight songs ;) And figure out where to live… gah!

It’s another gorgeous day today in D.C. So obsessed with my new camera!

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Sadly, though, there’s no time to play — I’ve got a very busy day ahead of me!

Agenda:

  • Finish studying for Anatomy & Physiology final exam
  • Laundry
  • Pack for Austin
  • 5 Mile Training Run
  • Take final exam at 4:30 p.m. (eeek!)
  • Drive to Baltimore

Yes, you read that right — I’m flying to Austin tomorrow morning! I can’t wait — my college BFFs, Turner and Kris, and I are all meeting there for a girl’s weekend! We wanted to meet up somewhere fun (Turner is in Philly and Kris is in Boston), and we ended up with Austin as somewhere we’d all heard great things about and had never been to! If you know Austin well, any recommendations for places to eat, rent bikes, hike, run (I have a 7 miler scheduled), check out live music, etc., would be much appreciated! I’ll be live blogging from Austin all weekend so stay tuned ;)

I’m also excited because after my exam, I’m driving straight to Baltimore to have dinner and spend the night with my high school BFF, Jenny, and her husband! I fly out of Baltimore (it was cheaper!) tomorrow morning so she’ll be driving me to the airport. Yay! Love that I get to see three of my very best friends in one weekend :)

And now… a new recipe! With the warmer temps, my mom in town, finals, etc., I haven’t been cooking much lately, but yesterday I came up with something awesome I must share!

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BBQ Chickpeas with Sweet Potatoes & Bok Choy

If you love BBQ, you will love this recipe. I was craving BBQ but didn’t want anything meaty or heavy, so this was the perfect solution! Easy, delicious, and very nutritious!

(makes 3 to 4 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp. olive oil (optional)
  • 1 C low sodium veggie broth (divided into two 1/2 C portions)
  • Fresh bok choy, chopped
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 C BBQ sauce

Instructions:

1) Add the chopped sweet potatoes, olive oil, and 1/2 C of the veggie broth into a pan on medium high heat.

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2) Cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes or so until the sweet potatoes are tender and the broth has mostly boiled off.

3) Add in the chopped bok choy and the remaining 1/2 C veggie broth. Cover and let sit about 2 minutes to steam the bok choy.

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4) After the 2 minutes is up, uncover, turn to low heat, and add in the chickpeas and the 1/2 C BBQ sauce.

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5) Stir the mixture and allow it to heat through for a couple minutes. Enjoy!

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Yum! This was SO delicious and easy. And I have leftovers for a quick lunch today! Even better :)

p.s. Ever wonder what to do with the rest of that huge container of veggie broth you just opened but won’t be able to use before it goes bad?

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Pour the rest of it into an ice cube tray and freeze it! Once they’re frozen, you can transfer the cubes to a freezer bag to free up your ice cube tray. Then, the next time you need veggie broth, you’ll have convenient little cubes ready of it ready and waiting! :) Two cubes is roughly equal to to 1/4 C. Cool, right? I don’t know where I read this tip but I’m sure glad I remembered it! No more spoiled veggie broth here :)

I’m off to be majorly productive. Catch you guys tomorrow from AUSTIN!! :)

Comments

  1. 1

    BBQ chickpeas sound so good! And your pics are so beautiful. Envious of your camera!

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    Of course you have to go down 6th street! and bring you walking shoes when you are out — its alot of walking. Have fun!

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    I love Austin! Definitely go running around Town Lake, it’s amazing. I think Matt’s El Rancho on South Lamar has the best Mexican food. South Congress is fun and has some great restaurants and shops, and definitely check out the San Jose Hotel, just cause it’s awesome.
    Bouldin Creek Coffehouse is a cute. They serve coffee (duh), but also beer and food. They have board games too.
    Wheatsville is an awesome co-op grocery store, and you should definitely go to the Whole Foods on 6th & Lamar because it’s their world headquarters and it is unbelievable.

    Ok I’ll stop…

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    Freezing the rest of the broth is brilliant!! So simple- this is why I love blogs :D.

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    I love Chapel Hill. since I went to school at Elon, we were always in Chapel Hill, and it’s a great place. I love your new camera as well-beautiful pictures. You sound like you are so busy…but with tons of great things going on! This recipe looks delicious-I must try it. I love all three of those things, and I don’t think bok choy gets enough love. It’s such a great veggie. Thanks for the tip on the chicken broth-great idea! Well have fun in Austin-I’m sure you will have a blast!

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    I’m with Katie! What a great idea to freeze the rest of the broth in ice-cube trays! I don’t know how many cartons of broth I’ve thrown out over the years. I find them weeks later in the back of my fridge…all sad, dejected and expired. Great tip.

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    This recipe sounds amazing! The tip for broth is awsome. I’ve thrown out so much unused broth before. I will definately try this!

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    That dish sounds great. What fabulous flavor combos!

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    So jealous you’re going to be in Austin, love my home town!

    My favorite places are Trudy’s (Enchiladas and Mexican martinis are amazing!)
    I also love Gueros, Doc’s Motorworks.

    The South Congress area is awesome, lots of cute shops and restaurants.

    Best running spot is Town Lake for sure!

    You have to check out the night life downtown I personally prefer the warehouse district which is 3rd to 5th st and 6th street is fun too but it’s definitely the younger just turned 21 crowd :) (drinks are cheaper though)

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    Hi Anne! This is my first time reading your blog! Sounds like you’re going to have a really fun weekend with friends, it’s amazing when it works out that you get to see so many people you love all at once. Have fun! I’ve never been to Austin but I can’t wait to read all about it!

    The ice tray thing is genius! My mom just “gifted” me with a ginormous contianer of veggie stock and I want to use it but I had no idea what I would do with it.

    Have a safe journey!

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    You’re going to have a blast in Austin! I’m from Texas, and it’s one of my favorite cities. :)

    – You *must* see the bats! Everyone will tell you about it, millions of them fly out from the Congress bridge right around sunset.
    – The Capitol building is actually a really cool place to visit.
    – South Congress is fun to wander around, Guero’s has good Mexican (and it’s Lance Armstrong’s favorite place!).
    – Barton Springs is a really cool spring-fed natural swimming pool. It’s easy to get to and really pretty, a fun thing for a weekend afternoon.
    – Whole Foods!! The biggest and best Whole Foods ever is in Austin.
    – More food: Amy’s Ice Cream (which is local and delicious), Magnolia Cafe (popular 24-hour place), Blue Dahlia Bistro (a small restaurant focusing on local foods)
    – And even if you don’t hang out on 6th street, walk up and down in on a weekend night. :)

    That’s probably more than you wanted to know, but it’s a great place!

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    That recipe looks awesome! I’m going to try it and I’ll let you know what I think!

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    Austin is the best! Already commented that I agree with are Whole Foods–you will DIE, and spend all your money.
    Another great lunch place is Walton’s Fancy and Staple on West 6th Street. It’s owned by Sandra Bullock’s sister, and has great salads and sandwiches and desserts.
    Shady Grove is a great casual restaurant, prepare to wait to sit outside.
    Go early to Town Lake to jog before the heat, you can rent a canoe! Or watch canoe races.
    Mozart’s on Lake Austin has amazing desserts. Abel’s on the Lake is next to it, along with Hula Hut which is kind of touristy.
    See the Capitol! See the campus! Go shop north at The Domain.

    Have so much fun!

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    One more thing: I live in Chapel Hill too (well I go to school at UNC) and it is AMAZING! You will love it! And if you want any tips on where to eat/hang out/etc please don’t hesitate to email me and ask!! (oatmealdiaries@yahoo.com)

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    I live in Austin and it sounds like you’ve already got lots of great recommendations. Yep, Town Lake is the best place to run. Whole Foods is nearby & there’s lots to see on South Congress. Definitely go to the Capitol. Mt. Bonnell is very pretty & the green hills & water below may surprise you! We LOVE Kerbey Lane Cafe. There’s a few around town and they are open 24 hours (our favorite is the one on S. Lamar–very Austin). So when you have to have some migas (local dish) at 3 am, the Kerb’s your place. Also, best pancakes in the world. Magnolia Cafe is very very similar but people tend to be in one camp or the other and we are Kerbey folks. Want delicious cupcakes? Head to Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop (I might consider this a “must-do” just because I love their cupcakes so much). Austin also has one of the best “food in a trailer” scenes around. Mother’s Cafe is an all vegetarian restaurant that’s really good and it’s in a funky, Austin-y neighborhood. And Shady Grove is good too. Austin specializes in relaxing so there’s not a ton of busy, touristy stuff to do but I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time taking in the chill Austin vibe.

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    those flowers are STUNNING! i love how well chickpeas and bbq go together…who would’ve known they’re a match made in heaven?!?!

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    OMG I am so jealous that you are heading to Austin. I love and miss texas so much (use to live an hour north of Austin for about 3 in early 2000). Make sure to check out 6th St. They have a great dueling piano bar called Pete’s piano bar. Also they use to have this guy on Saturdays nights that use to paint these cool pictures with just spray paint cans. Also Rudy’s BBQ in Roundrock, Tx (north side of Austin) is the best BBQ around. Have a great time and good luck on your finals

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    I spend 2/3 of the year in Houston and have a lot of friends in Austin! They all love it!
    Yum- BBQ Bok choy! Must try!

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    I was in Austin for the first time about a month ago and the Eastside Cafe is awesome! (Try the brie with apple chutney!) Lots of good options for vegetarians too.

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    That looks really amazing! I LOVE chickpeas. :) You should submit the recipe to Recipe4Living.com!

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    katiek436 says:

    WOW a lot of readers already commented on my favorite things in Austin. If you have a chance to visit the Oasis or Iguana grill, do it! The sunsets are absolutely unbelievable. The food at either is okay, but the scenery is today worth it. I like Shady Grove and Baby Acapulco’s purple margaritas…they out of this world and I don’t even like to drink a lot!

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    Kim Hoffman says:

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was awesome! I never would have thought to put that combination of foods together. Thanks!!!!!

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    Hey! Just found your blog and what a coincidence because I go to law school at UNC :) Let me know if I can help you out with any info!
    go tar heels!

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    Thanks for the tip about the veggie broth- it was such a “duh” moment for me when I read it, but it makes so much sense!!

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    Awesome photos! And enjoy Austin. Sounds like a tremendous weekend; look fwd to your updates.

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    OMG i can’t believe you were in austin! Ahhh I live an hour away and I’m late in reading this post so I can’t make any recommendations now…boo. :( Looks like you had fun regardless though!

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