Orange Glazed Chickpeas with Sesame Grilled Zucchini

Dinner time is pretty chaotic at our household.

I’m not going to doubt Baby Boo stands naked on our patio shouting the names of animals and animal noises, while I’m chopping veggies.

Nor am I gonna lie that I have to run to her screaming, “No Baby Boo, DO NOT pee on the patio!!, and casually smile at the neighbors acting like barking naked children outside is completely the norm.

And while I struggle to hose down my daughters marked territory and put a diaper on her before something really gross happens, I’m screaming at the hubby, ” If you even think about going into the kitchen and eating a bowl of cereal before dinner…!”

And finally when I’ve managed to control some of the certain situations going on, I realize I have to wash dishes just so I can cook something.


Then, there is the constant battle of what to make.

Me: What do u want for dinner?

Hubs: Quesadilla

Me: How about pizza

Hubs: Taquitos

Me: No, what about a sand which

Hubs: Guacamole

Me: Just Guacamole?

Hubs: How about cereal?

Me: Go take your daughter for a walk

If I was crazy, I would be making three separate meals, since we all have pretty different preferences. That, or I could just open a tub of hummus and hand out spoons and everybody would be satisfied.


Instead, I’ll make ONE dinner…enjoyable for THREE different palates!

Orange Glazed Chickpeas withΒ Sesame Grilled Zucchini

Ingredients: Orange Glaze Sauce

1 can coconut milk

zest and juice of two oranges

1/4 C. lemon juice

1/3 C. rice vinegar

3 TB. agave

1 tsp. grated ginger

1 tsp. chopped garlic

2 TB. soy sauce

1/4 tsp. red pepper spice

1 tsp. Cumin

Dash of Paprika

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 tsp. corn starch dissolved in 2 tsp. cold water

*1 Can Chickpeas drained and rinsed(if not using chicken, use 2-3 cans)

*Optional: Chicken(2 breast)


1. Add all ingredients (expect corn starch mixture and chickpeas) into a pot, and heat until it boils. Stir in corn starch mixture, and reduce head to med-low, and let mixture simmer for about 5-10 minutes.

2. Place your chickpeas in a bowl or bag and cover with about 3/4 C. of glaze sauce. Let chickpeas soak in sauce for as long as you want. I did about 30 minutes.

3. If your making chicken for someone else, use the rest of the glaze sauce and marinade the chicken.

4. After marinades have set, take two separate pans (if using chickpeas and chicken), and in one add chickpeas and sauce, and the other add chicken. Let chickpeas cook over stove for about 5 -10 minutes on med-low heat. Continue to stir. If using chicken, cook on med heat for about 5-10 minutes until chicken is done.

* You can either do both chickpeas and chicken, or one or the other.

Sesame Grilled Zucchini


2-3 zucchini chopped

Olive Oil

Soy Sauce

Salt and Pepper

Sesame Seeds


1. In a bowl, and zucchini and drizzle with a little olive oil(1-2 TB) and a drizzle of soy sauce(1-2 TB) Sprinkle with S&P and Sesame seeds. Using a grill pan, saute the zucchini about 5-7 minutes, or until tender, and golden.

Here is the whole cooking process going down. I’ve got two pans for chickpeas and chicken, and then a griddle going for the zucchini.

Now, if you want to go the vegetarian route, then on your plate add some brown rice, zucchini and chickpeas!

But, if your hubs wants his meat, then simply throw meat on top of his dish.

(Yes, I even threw some chickpeas on there!)

And Baby Boo had a few bites of everything…suprisingly

You want to know what my favorite part of the whole dinner experience really is?

The End..

Β  This recipe is supposed to help those who want to eat a vegetarian meal, but don’t want to go through the trouble of making two separate dinners for a meat lovers family. For more info on this, check out my new page I recently added yesterday all about The Way We Eat! :

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  1. hahaha that’s pretty hilarious! πŸ˜› I’m sorry, but I thought your dialogue with your husband was funny. (you prob. don’t think so) But then I guess married life with children can become pretty crazy at times! This is a good example of those difficult days meal-planning wise for when I’m married. And this recipe sounds delicious! Orange glaze is so delicious. πŸ™‚

  2. agave, OJ, coconut milk, ginger, rice vinegar…right there, this dish is off to a GREAT start! love those flavors and it all looks and sounds sooo good!

  3. This makes me feel so bad for my mother… I think she made 3-4 meals every night growing up!

    Everything looks good but I am especially excited to try the zucchini. I can’t get enough of the stuff lately!

    • that was my mom too! I never understood till I got married and had to cook for a picky hubby and baby how hard it is! lol
      I love zucchini this way! I make it all the time!

  4. I laughed out loud at the conversation with your husband. In my opinion, cereal is a perfectly valid meal choice.

  5. Those chickpeas look delicious! πŸ˜€

  6. I love this idea! When my hubs was still eating meat (before our recent meat freeness started) I’d make a dish and his would just have meat added on top (when I was doing meat free). It’s such a simple way to still make one meal. This looks delicious! I love the patio pee story… Hilarious!!

  7. Dude, did you write this recipe for me and the veggie hater?!? haha I’m always looking for meatless meals that can please a meat eater! I will have to try this! (Although he will STILL probably ask why their isn’t any meat in it. Because boys are like that. *sigh*)

    • haha! Well that’s why I added chicken to my hubbies plate πŸ™‚ (there is a pic above)…He is pretty much like most men…”I want my meat!” lol

  8. Yum…I love how you took a relatively simple list of base ingredients (rice, chickpeas, zucchini) to the next level with all of those flavours – so inspired! Delish!

  9. That looks so good! I haven’t put chickpeas in an Asian meal before, but I’m not sure why not. They’re great in everything.

  10. This looks so so good! And I really like the idea of orange with ginger and garlic!
    This is how I hope Ill one day feel my family too! Meals and enjoying food together is SO important! And I want my furure husband+kids to make their own food choices , while we still can eat the same things!
    You are an amazing wife Ari!! πŸ™‚

  11. This dish is RIGHT up my alley! Too bad I am still mastering the 2 different meal thing πŸ™ Michael is the pickiest

  12. Haha, sounds just like my house. I made taco soup last night with veggie crumbles and the hubster didn’t know the difference. I keep trying to tell him that he enjoys a vegetarian diet just as much!

  13. I love this! This happens a lot in our house. The hubs wants meat and I don’t. So I make three separate meals. It’s exhausting!!
    Naked babies are the norm. My son was naked from the waist down for about 3 months. We did the “no pants” route when we started potty training and once he was potty trained, it was like we almost forgot to start putting pants on him. πŸ™‚

  14. just came across your site and glad we did! your site is so cute. and we love our chickpeas and zucchini. love the addition for the hubs! when I first started dating my fiance I had to make two different dishes but now I am luckily enough that he eats what I eat and enjoys it. though from time to time I will make him something else πŸ˜‰

    • Awe thank you soo much! That is an honor coming from you guys :-)!
      You are very fortunate to have a fiance who loves and eat the food you make! My hubby is almost there..I can see the light! πŸ™‚ haha


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