Quinoa & Chick Pea Stir Fry

So earlier today I discovered a delicious alternative to fried rice…by accident. 
I was in the kitchen preparing a bunch of meals for the next few days when my stomach started grumbling for lunch. I had some quinoa leftover so I decided to heat it up with some veggies in a pan. I sprayed a little of my favorite Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil cooking spray in the pan along with the quinoa and set the heat on medium-high. Then I heard the distinctive gnawing sound of a bunny rabbit and ran over to find my pet rabbit, Luna chewing on a baseboard. I chased her down, picked her up, and secured her back in her cage with a chew toy. That whole time my quinoa was sizzling away on the stove.  When I came back I stirred it around to find that the bottom layer was now darker brown and a little crunchy. At first I thought I had completely ruined it but after a quick taste test I decided to let the whole mixture “burn” a little. I kept stirring it periodically and added in some chick peas with a little garlic salt. After about 8 more minutes I determined it was sufficiently crispy. I was pleasantly surprised by my little accident and it ended up tasting just like fried rice.  As for the veggies…they ended up being eaten with hummus. 🙂 

Sorry this photo is a little blurry. It wasn’t well planned.

Hope you all have a great day!


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Video: Random Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Trip

Hola gal pals!

Yesterday I had to travel 2 1/2 hours away for work so I decided to take a little side trip to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

Before I put everything away I made a little video showing you what items I picked up. (including some of my absolute favorites!)

I actually did a more complete grocery trip last week before I knew about this work trip so I didn’t need any fresh products.  I was just replenishing some everyday staples and trying out some new foods.

I hope you enjoy this video. I LOVE watching these types of videos because it gives me ideas of different items to try.  I have another trip planned for early February so please let me know if there are any other things I should try from either Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. You can comment below or tweet me @imperfectperla.



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How To Tuesday/Wednesday: Make Delicious Roasted Chick Pea Snacks!

Good Evening!


Today I want to share a delicious chick pea snack recipe. I have been working for a while to figure out the right technique to make my chick peas crunchy and not chewy. These are a great healthy snack and making them yourself will save you a lot of money. The average bag of roasted chick pea snacks retails for about $2 per serving.  With this recipe each serving is only about $.50. That’s incredible!


What You Need:
1 Bag dry chick peas
Large Bowl (for soaking)
Small Bowl (for mixing)
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
Salt or Spice of your choice
Baking Sheet
Aluminum Foil (optional)
Vented Pizza Sheet
Paper towel


The Night Before:
Soak dry chick peas in enough water so that all beans are covered. I suggest using dry beans over canned because they don’t contain any additives, salt, or sugar. Plus, they are usually cheaper!

What To Do:

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In the smaller mixing bowl coat 1 cup of chick peas with the olive oil.
  • Then add in your spice, making sure all of the chick peas are covered.
  • Line you baking sheet with aluminum foil to catch any oil drips.
  • Place the vented pizza sheet on top of the baking sheet.
  • Then spread your chick peas onto the vented pizza sheet.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes taste one chick pea from the center and outer edge of the vented pizza sheet. Fully roasted chick peas are crunchy and may have browned slightly.
  • Remove all fully roasted chick peas and set them aside in a small bowl.
  • Any remaining chick peas that are not fully roasted can go back in the oven for another 10-15 minutes. Check on them every 5 minutes though to make sure you don’t over-roast or burn them.
  • After all the chick peas are fully roasted spread them out on a paper towel to absorb any excess olive oil.
  • Add extra seasonings to taste. I like to put them in a zip lock bag and shake them with some spices.
  • Then enjoy and share with a friend. 🙂

Fun Facts About Chick Peas!
India is the #1 producer of chick peas
Chick peas are high in fiber, iron, magnesium, zinc, and essential amino acids.
“Chick pea” comes from the Latin word “cicer”
They are perfect at stabilizing blood sugar and recommended for diabetics.
There are two types of chick peas: Kabuli (larger) and Desi (smaller).


I hope you all are having a great day and enjoy this tasty, healthy snack.




P.S. Let’s talk! Tweet me suggestions for recipes or post topics @imperfectperla or leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!







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