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grilled chickpeas + kale chips

It’s official.  The heat is getting to me.  The daily rain that has kept our evenings cool, has come to a screeching hault.  Now it’s just hot.  Luckily, the outside temp lowers to about 65-70 at night [outside – inside it’s still 83*], or I would literally be baking in an oven.  Because of these warmer nights, I’ve been trying to come up with meals that don’t require too much oven or stove time.

The grill is good for that!

You may only think the grill is good for things like burgers + kebobs, but you can basically use your grill like an oven.

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Grill-roasted chickpeas?  Oh yes, it works fabulously.

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Grill Roasted Chickpeas

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained + rinsed
  • 1T sunflower oil
  • 1T chopped rosemary
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt + pepper
  1. Preheat your grill to ~350*
  2. Mix all ingredients together + spread evenly on the pan.
  3. Grill-bake for about 25-35min, depending on how “done” you want your chickpeas.  Stir every 8-10min.

I like them nice + crsipy!

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Grilled kale chips?  Why not?

Grill Roasted Kale Chips

  • 1 head kale, de-stemmed, washed, + chopped
  • 1/2T sunflower oil
  • salt + pepper
  1. Toss ingredients together and spread evenly on a pan.
  2. Place pan on the grill for about 25min.  Stir once or twice.

I used a mix of curly kale + lacinato kale [dinosaur kale] and it worked perfectly.  The lacinato kale produces a flat, crispy chip.  The rest of dinner was prepared with minimal use of the gas range.  Heat overdose avoided.

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Tonight, our whole meal was made on the grill.  This not only means the house doesn’t heat up as much, but it also means less dishes.

Potatoes + curry.  Such a good combo.

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I grilled the potatoes for about 25min and then added broccoli + tempeh.  I let that all cook together for about 8 more minutes.

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It was served on a bed of spinach, with fresh local tomatoes + a splash of coconut milk.

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While it sounds delicious + looks pretty tasty, it was just okay.  I’m out of onions and it definitely needed one!  The curry I have right now is also a tad bitter, so a sprinkle of sugar would have helped as well.

Other spices in the mix: coriander + salt + pepper + garam masala + turmeric + garlic

Good, not great. 

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Time to chug another glass of ice cold water + get to bed.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the latest on my workouts!

Any new grill ideas lately?  I’m already out of peaches, but can’t wait to grill some up in the coming weeks!


Reader Comments (42)

I would love to see a post on grilled fruit! Mama Pea talked about grilled watermelon today and it looked fantastic. peaches sound great too!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermelissa

I love roasted chickpeas so I bet these are yummy! :)

yum yum! My mum used to make these for us all the time when I was a kid. LOVE chickpeas!!!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ lovetotrain

I second the comments-- your chickpeas look amazing!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered

Grilling kale? I'm getting all kinds of ideas this morning.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Cool! I have never thought to grill kale or chickpeas! I have only ever roasted them...I love to grill peaches, maybe apricots or plums? I read somewhere about grilling watermelon...

Beautiful dish! Like the colors!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTine

Oh my gosh that whole dish looks incredible. Don't you just love how easy the grill can make summer cooking? I LOVE the idea of grill roasted chickpeas and can't believe I've never thought of that! That's definitely something I'm going to to be looking into when I get home :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

You have to try grilled leeks! They will blow your mind. Just thoroughly clean, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pep and fan on grill (I have a pic of the fanning method on my blog from last week). They are so salty sweet... they taste very fancy and dress up any grill dinner!

Also, I've got a Summer in a Box giveaway going on this week... Stonyfield spreadin' the love... for gals who didn't win your's, come on over and check it out! :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama J

I am going to make grilled Chickpeas. I've been wanting to try them, but it has been HOT and HUMID here in MN and we only have window AC, so I don't use the oven or stove right now. We make french fries on the grill and they are amazing! Thanks!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

super colorful dinner...i love it!

This looks beautiful Ashley, and SO tasty! I tried grilling chickpeas for the first time earlier this summer and they turned out really well, but i hadn't thought to do the same with kale chips. I have a friend that bakes cookies on her bbq and they taste great - just don't put them on styrofoam plates immediately after taking them off the grill because they melt straight through!

I like the idea of the splash of coconut milk over a stir fry. Grilled pineapple rings over a burger is fabulous, shrimp and pineapple kabobs are another one of my favorites!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatie @KatieDid

grill some watermelon like mama pea! :) or pizza like janetha!

i'm really boring when it comes to grilling things. we usually stick to meats and kabobs.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersarah (sarah learns)

I just used my grill like an oven for the first time a couple weekends ago for vegetables. It's funny how it never occured to me to do that before!

Oooh I wish I had a grill! I'll probably try these chickpeas in the oven though, I don't much mind the heat. 80s is fine by me, I even turned on my oven on a 95* day!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlyn@TheTieDyeFIles

Grilling really is the way to go when the temps rise. The humidity here is AL is ridiculous. So much so that I turned on the oven yesterday to bake scones and the kitchen turned into a sauna! Summer defititely necessitates grilling!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlyn

Lately I've been absolutely obsessed with roasting chickpeas! My favorite flavor is Angela's (Oh She Glows) Salt and Vinegar chickpeas. They remind me of my favorite potato chips! :-)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Teenage Taste

i love grilling so much! love to cook but hate to clean it up after... what a great idea to do the broccoli with potatoes, i never thought of that. kale chips too!

Brilliant idea. I'm just annoyed I didn't think of this sooner... rather than heating my entire house. So ready for this crazy southern weather take it down a notch or two! Do you put your pans directly on the grill grate? Does it mess them up or create permanent char marks?

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRiss

This looks like such an awesome salad...I love the mix of hot and cold food :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I love love love your recipe for these grilled/baked chickpeas. Just bought some kale last night and will try to replicate this for dinner.

Looks good to me! I'd add some maple syrup to the mix next time- or, better yet, marinate the veggies and potatoes for a few hours prior to grilling. A nice indian marinade of coconut milk, coriander, curry, turmeric, ginger and maple would be yummy!
I'm definitely trying grilled chickpeas asap :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia @ Namaste Gurl

I'm grilling cookies this week!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela (Oh She Glows)

OOoooh, can't wait to see that one!!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Great idea! Dinner was late, so I just thought I'd see if this worked!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awesome! Enjoy :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I haven't noticed char marks on the pans at all. They're just regular nonstick pans. However, I do have specific pans I use for roasting in the oven and/or grill, because they always seem to leave charred food on the inside of the pan no matter how much I clean them. I have other pans for cookies. :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I meant I haven't noticed char marks underneath the pans...but the inside part is a bit blackened, but it happens in the oven as well.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

OMG...I forgot about those!!! Thanks for the reminder. My husband loves that combo. :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Do you have a/c? :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

An outdoor oven...what could be better?

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oooh, I love grilled pizza!! Mama Pea's recipe looked INsane! mmm

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha, no styrofoam for sure!! Grilled cookies...yum!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ahhh, I love leeks!!! I'll have to pick them up at the market. Thanks for the heads up about your giveaway!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Mama Pea just grilled watermelon and it looked fantastic!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Ami!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I haven't grilled all summer. I keep meaning to get my tank filled! Now I am inspired to go fill it!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

I looove roasted chickpeas, but I always forgot to make them. This looks great, and I love the idea of an all-grill meal! :)

So cool! You really can grill anything!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjanetha @ meals & moves

roasted chickpeas ROCK and I think they would be so delicious on the grill! genious Idea! I also love that you used sunflower oil! I have been experimenting wiht different types of oils and this sounds so fabulous!

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi(onefitfoodie)

Yes!! I'm currently all about sunflower, coconut + hemp! :)

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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