Back to school means so long to spontaneous plans. So long to “maybe” starting to think about dinner as the day winds down. So long to having just “a bit more” freedom in my day-to-day schedule.
Nope — I’m now bound to school pick-ups, tutor drop-offs and strict dinner times. Which means, that come Sunday night I need to have a plan of action in place for weeknight meals. In a perfect world, this would also include healthy snacks (that everyone will eat), and even lunch for me (no more grabbing a granola bar — or worse — come late afternoon).
Parenting for over 22 years has taught me a few tricks that are essential for stress-free, enjoyable meals throughout the school year. One is having a “meal plan” — knowing what I’m making for dinner each night (and having most, if not all, of the ingredients on-hand) has been a lifesaver. And a key part of this plan is having a pantry stocked with plenty of dried and canned foods that can be used in a variety of recipes.
My hands-down favorite canned food is garbanzos — a.k.a., chickpeas. Simply put, we LOVE chickpeas! They are delicious on their own and so versatile too.
How versatile, you ask?
Here are seven (yes, seven!) recipes – from snacks to sides and even dessert!