Roasted Chick Peas
Drain one can of chickpeas and toss it with 1 Tablespoon olive oil, 1 Teaspoon Kosher salt, 1/2 Teaspoon paprika, 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper, and maybe a pinch of cinnamon.
Bake the chickpeas on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, turning them halfway through.
Crispy Kale Chips
These are surprisingly delicious. Wash and dry about 6 very large kale leaves. Make sure to dry them really well or they won’t crisp up in the oven.
Drizzle on some olive oil and a good pinch of Kosher salt and bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes or until they turn crispy. They should be slightly browned around the edges when they’re done.
Be careful on the salt. These are really thin. Don’t salt them like you would potato chips.
Start by roasting 2 cups of cashews at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes until they are lightly browned.
In a large skillet, heat 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 Teaspoon red pepper flakes. Drizzle in 1/4 Cup light corn syrup or honey and then add all the cashews. Toss to cover the cashews. Add a pinch of salt and stir until the glaze is stuck to the cashews.
Spread the nuts out onto a baking sheet and let them cool. Then break them up and serve them up!
Dry Rub Wings
These are dead simple wings and so good that you don’t even need a sauce.
For a dozen wing pieces, combine 1 Teaspoon salt, 1 Teaspoon paprika, 1 Teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 Teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 Teaspoon dried oregano.
Coat the wings generously with the rub and bake the wings at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour until they are cooked through.
This one is a stretch for 1 ingredient as it really has 3 main ingredients: jalapenos, cream cheese, bacon. But that’s all the ingredients so it’s still pretty low key.
If you like spicy food, this is the recipe for you. Take as many jalapenos as you want, slice them in half and spoon out all the seeds. Next, fill each side with cream cheese and put them back together.
Wrap each jalapeno with half of a slice of bacon secured with a toothpick. (Soak the toothpicks in water to make sure they don’t burn). Grill the jalapenos until the bacon is really crispy, about 10-15 minutes.