Soggy Bagel Day and Cheesy Chickpeas

Never, ever trust  They lie!  The forecast was for upper 50s and cloudy this morning with 0% chance of rain.  So, that meant biking for breakfast!  There was maybe a touch of mist while riding there, but the temps felt pretty good at 58.  We arrived to our destination and it started to rain while we were sitting inside! D’oh!

I did enjoy my bagel, though!

John had coffee cake, which you can see in the background.  They make awesome coffee cake at North Country Cafe.

It stopped raining mostly, so we headed home.  Then the mist began again and then rain.  It was a dreary and icky ride home!  I went slower because of splash back from my tires, slower braking times and then the car/truck blow back (yuck).

Soggy rider!

Hey, at least we got 12 miles in, right?  After a morning of work, I made up a quick lunch.  I sauteed some broccoli in coconut oil and added in ground turkey, 1/2 cup of white rice and some orange ginger sauce (LaChoy).

This came out to be a pretty tasty lunch!

I loved how the sun came out in the afternoon.  It was supposed to be cloudy all day, but then we already know how accurate the weather forecast was today  🙄

John presented me with my afternoon latte:

I had some cookie nibbles today as well.  John made up chocolate cookies for his poker game, so we taste tested the deformed ones.  Yum!  John is quite the baker.

I made up a thrown together dinner tonight that actually tasted quite good.  I had a few cans of things in the pantry that I wanted to use, so I came up with Cheesy Chickpeas!  I know it sounds weird, but it came out really tasty.


  • 1 tablespoon of oil (I used macadamia)
  • 1 clove of finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons of diced green chilies
  • One 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 oz of shredded cheese (I used cheddar).

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil.  Then add in the cumin seeds and cook until they sizzle (just a couple minutes).  Add in the garlic, chickpeas, tomato paste, green chilies, salt and pepper.  Cook this mixture for about 5 minutes over medium heat.  I might add as an aside that just stopping the recipe here is actually really tasty.

Add in the half cup of water and bring to a simmer for several minutes.  Slowly stir in the cheese  so that it has a chance to melt.  Don’t go using any fat free cheese here; you want it to melt.  When the cheese is melted, serve and enjoy!

I loved this.  I was kind of like a southwestern-ish style chickpea.  I had mine with some mango on the side.

The whole batch is about 955 calories, so divide as you wish. I ate about half as this was my entree for dinner.

Tomorrow is more new lifting moves and I am excited!  I get to do one of my very favorite moves – the stiff-legged deadlift!

Question:  What is your favorite way to eat chickpeas?

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19 thoughts on “Soggy Bagel Day and Cheesy Chickpeas

  1. Lisa

    Ooof! You do look soggy! What kind of rain gear do you wear?

    Living in Oregon, I can NEVER ever go by weather predictions. It’s never right. Rain can come with bright blue skies at the drop of a hat!
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    1. Lori Post author

      Rain gear? What’s that? LOL. I just don’t ride in the rain, or when I get stuck in it, I just get wet.

  2. Shelley B

    I don’t mind getting caught in the rain with a run, but here, we get thunder and lightening so often that it can become dangerous to be outside in it. I’d imagine that biking on wet roads would feel pretty hazardous, as well as annoying. Boo on your weather forecasters!!!
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  3. Helen

    Years ago I dated a guy who had a motorcycle. The couple of times we got caught in rain, it felt like we were being stoned. Does it feel like that on a bicycle too?
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    1. Lori Post author

      It can feel like that if the rain is hard and you are going fast. It stings more than anything else.

  4. Kimberley

    Sounds soggy! But the bagel and coffee cake sure do look good.

    The cheesy chickpeas look good too! I don’t eat chickpeas right now, but my favourite way to eat them before was in hummus. Yum!!!

    John really is a gem with all the baking and latte making! 😀
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  5. debby

    Chickpeas? Those are just beans in disguise!! However, I like them in hummus and I like them okay in baked goods. And I did really like them that one time I baked them and made them crunchy treats to put on top of a salad. I do like that combo of flavors you’ve got going there. Maybe I could use it on something else? Like rice and lentils?

    You are a good sport to ride your bike in the rain.
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  6. Laura

    OMG!!!!! Chickpeas are my favorite food ever!!!! I think if I had to pick only one food item to survive on, that would be it!!!! I eat them in everything, and love them just plain!!!!

  7. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    Better a soggy day than a soggy bagel, that’s always been my motto. Well, not really, but it is now. 🙂

    I’ve only been caught in the rain once while riding, and even though it was just a misty rain, I managed to get soaked. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to hurt my bike computer. I was so icked out by my sogginess that I hadn’t thought to cover the computer with the baggie I have in my pack for just that purpose.

    Wishing you sunnier weather!
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  8. Biz

    I love when bagels get those blisters from the toaster – yum!

    Sorry you got wet, but like you said, you got it in! I did a 10 mile bike ride in at lunch today – it was kinda ugly, but I got it done! 😀
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