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In the Kitchen with Eric…finally!

Here’ s a great low-fat protein rich snack that’ll keep you focused on that big bowl game and not that big bowl of chips!

Sweet and Spicy Garbanzo Snacks

1  14oz can of garbanzo beans – drained, rinsed and dried on some paper towel to remove excess water

3 Tablespoons olive oil

1 Tablespoon dark chili powder

1 Tablespoon mustard powder

2 Tablespoons chopped parsley or  flakes

2 teaspoons of fresh ground pepper ( I used a 3 pepper blend ; white, black, pink peppercorns)

1 Tablespoon ground coriander seed

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes( optional if you like it extra spicy)

2 teaspoons sugar

2 Tablespoons soy sauce


  1. heat 1 Tbsp of the oil in  a skillet large enough for all the garbanzos to cover the bottom in a single layer ( or cook them in batches)
  2. into the remaining oil mix the mustard, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, parsley and ground coriander into a paste
  3. add the garbanzos and coat all the beans well, add the sugar and mix just a couple of times to distribute the sugar, don’t mix in the sugar too much.  Put all the beans into a very hot pan and as I instruct in the video don’t mess around with them too much, you want nice coloration on all sides so stir them only occasionally.
  4. When the steam and the sizzle fade away add the soy sauce and stir the beans well to ensure that soy sauce gets distributed. Continue cooking until they are dry and crispy.

Serve…munch!  ( actually for optimum enjoyment let them cool a little – or even make them way before guests arrive , the day before will even work)


Happy New Year! 40 lbs down!!

I ran the gauntlet that is the holiday season and came out in the end, relatively unscathed. Now it is going to get interesting…

What Eric Eats

Unfortunately my wife Lisa broke her ankle which has made my schedule somewhat erratic. So I apologize for the delay I taped this almost two weeks ago but have not had a chance to post them. Here are my ramblings of what I am eating throughout the day and when I say ramblings I mean it, at 15 minutes long I had to break it up into two videos. I hope it sheds some light!

…is that a pug snoring?

Here is a post from home, I was stuck there with nothing but my idle mind. I uplaoded the wrong video so the begining and end are rough … but you do get a glimps of 12 year old Rosie, one of my three pugs taking a nap. ( like she does anything else)

In this corner…

Weighing in at 249 , the slugger from East Flatbush!  Well we’ve weighed in and the results are good. Still havn’t seen Dr. Lindquist but that happens tomorrow.