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Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
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Who says Super Bowl snacks can't be healthy? These crunchy roasted chickpeas are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. This recipe allows you to get creative with different spice combinations too. Make them spicy with cayenne pepper, or sweet with honey and cinnamon. Save the leftovers to put them on top of a salad or soup. They are sure to be a hit at your Super Bowl party this weekend.

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Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp ground corriander
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ to 1 TBS Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray. Set aside.

  3. Rinse and thoroughly dry the chickpeas.

  4. In a small bowl, mix together cumin, paprika, garlic powder, sea salt, onion powder and pepper. Set aside.

  5. Bake dried chickpeas in the preheated oven on prepared baking sheet for 15 minutes (without any of the other ingredients)

  6. Remove the chickpeas from the oven and drizzle ½ TBS olive oil over the chickpeas, stirring until evenly coated. If necessary, slowly add more olive oil until all the chickpeas are lightly coated with olive oil.

  7. Add spices to chickpeas and stir until evenly coated.

  8. Bake at 400 for 10 more minutes, then stir.

  9. Return stirred chickpeas to the oven and bake them for an additional 5-10 minutes, until desired crispiness is achieved (a total of 35-40 minutes of baking).

  10. Turn off oven and crack the door a bit. Let chickpeas cool in the oven to achieve maximum crispiness

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At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

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Olive Oil Honey Banana Bread
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Let us introduce you to your new favorite healthy banana bread recipe! It's so good you won't event know it's healthy! It's made with whole wheat flour, naturally sweetened with honey, and uses our Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead of butter. This is the perfect recipe to satisfy your craving without feeling guilty.

Ingredients

  • 3 overripe brown bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1/3 cup Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1/2 cp dark chocolate chips, optional  

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Lightly spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the wet ingredients until well combined. 
  4. In a separate large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together 
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon, until just combined. Do not over-mix. 
  6. Fold in walnuts and/or chocolate chips, if using. 
  7. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean 
  8. Allow to cool in loaf pan before slicing 
  9. Enjoy! 

**Tip: If your bananas aren't quite brown yet, place them on a cookie sheet and pop them in the oven at 300 degrees. Keep a close on eye on them and take them out once brown. 

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

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Grilled Asparagus
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Prepping for the big Thanksgiving dinner and looking for that last side dish?? Fear no more, we have you covered with this easy and delicious grilled asparagus. With less than 5 ingredients, it only takes 10 minutes from start to finish!  

Ingredients  

  • 1 lb asparagus  
  • 2 tbsp Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil  
  • Kosher salt  
  • Fresh cracked pepper  
  • Lemon slices (if desired)  

Directions 

  1. While your grill is preheating, drizzle olive oil, salt, and pepper over asparagus  
  2. Lay asparagus horizontally on grill  
  3. Cook for 5-8 minutes, turning occasionally  
  4. Squeeze fresh lemon & serve immediately

Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours! 

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

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Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower is a great substitution for a starch, and a great way to get an extra serving of vegetables! It is such a versatile vegetable, and can be fun to experiment with. This easy cauliflower rice recipe will be go-to recipe in your kitchen! 

There are a few ways to make cauliflower rice. You can either use a box cheese grater, with medium sized holes, a food processor with an "S" shaped blade to blitz into small pieces, or buy Trader Joe's pre-shaved cauliflower "rice." To prevent your dish from becoming soggy, I like to press the rice in a large paper towel prior to cooking, to remove any excess moisture. 

Once you have your cauliflower rice ready, it is easy to cook! Simply sauté in a large skillet over medium heat in 1 Tbsp of Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Cover so the cauliflower steams and becomes tender. Cook for a total of 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then season as desired (salt, pepper, garlic powder, soy sauce, etc.) 

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

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Pumpkin & Olive Oil Muffins
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We are a little late celebrating National Pumpkin Day, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy these healthy pumpkin muffins. Did you know pumpkin has been found to lower blood pressure, protect your heart, boost vision, make you feel fuller, and help your sleep?? These pumpkin and olive oil muffins are delicious, and healthy (always a bonus)! These little muffins are made with whole wheat flour too, which makes them light and fluffy. They are delicious with almond butter spread on top to add a little protein. 

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup Villa Gabriella Organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • ¼ cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling on top
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, allspice, or cloves 
  • 1¾ cups whole wheat pastry flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit & fill muffin-tin with muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together with a whisk. Add eggs, and beat well. Mix in the pumpkin purée and milk, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice or cloves.
  3. Add the flour and oats to the bowl and mix with a large spoon, just until combined. If you’d like to add any additional mix-ins, like nuts, chocolate or dried fruit, fold them in now.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the twelve muffin cups. For these muffins, it’s ok to fill the cups a little higher than you normally would. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats, followed by a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake muffins for 23 to 26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.
  5. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack. Enjoy muffins as is or with a spread of nut butter or regular butter

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

clientservice@villagabriellallc.com

Recipe source: http://cookieandkate.com/2014/healthy-maple-pumpkin-muffins/