Ah, Friday. Is it just me or did this week soar by? I’m looking forward to a mix of work and not-work this weekend. I’ll be out of town tonight and tomorrow and then clocking in for a hospital shift on Sunday. Not sure much will happen in the way of cooking on my end of the line, but weekends are a great time for whipping up new recipes, perfecting old favorites, or prepping for a busy week ahead. Need a few ideas. Here are a few things I’m into right now:

chickpeas portionedIf you’re doing some food prep this weekend, how about simmering up a pot of chickpeas? You can portion them into little containers and freeze extra for easy access on busy nights. Never cooked dried beans before? Whole Foods has a handy tutorial. If you’re in a real hurry, you can totally just drain and use the canned ones. Almost too easy. I love to toss a half-cup of chickpeas with roasted veggies, steamed kale, an egg, and a little tahini and/or goat cheese. Cheap, lazy dinner at its finest.

While we’re talking chickpeas, these chickpea burgers from How Sweet it Is sound amazing. Bean burgers over salad is one of my favorite lunch-things of the “I don’t make this often enough” variety, so that needs to happen soon.

This miso salmon sounds amazing. Also great for a busy night when you don’t want to fuss too much but want something delicious.

I wouldn’t be quick to call these chocolate soufflés health food, but they’d be a fantastic way to get rid of any leftover Easter chocolate…Please tell me I’m not the only one still getting my cocoa fix in the shape of mini rabbits? I also still have a gazillion hearts left over from Valentines Day in the freezer, and a few bars of dark chocolate I bought on sale at some point this winter and have as yet to break open.  Apparently chocolate is my impulse-buy of choice?

To put a healthier twist on macaroni and cheese, you could try one of these 7 healthy hacks I came up with for YouBeauty. Enjoy!

Have a happy and tasty weekend : )

What’s your typical impulse buy? 

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