Dessert/ Dinner

Chickpeas Galore

Hi everyone!

Forgive me for not positing last night…we got home from dinner at around 10:00 and I passed out!

Dinner was AMAZING though….Ryan, Derek, Meghann and I headed over to Ryan and my favorite little hole-in-the-wall Cuban place on the beach. Its an outdoors cafe with 2 for 1 mojitos and live music...paradise!


I had one of their famous mojitos—


(it was a vacation day, after all!)

Here I am gnawing on the sugar cane!


The sky was sooo pretty and it was a perfect night.

For dinner, I searched and searched and finally found the ONLY veggie entree in the midst of Cuban pork and seafood (oh, how I wanted seafood though!!!)—chickpeas sauteed in tomato sauce with garlic, onion and Cuban spices


HOLY CHICKPEA BATMAN!!! This portion was enough to serve maybe a family of six!!!!!!! I doused it with super spicy hot sauce though and did the best I could… with my meal, I got to pick two side items so I chose black beans and yuca. My meal also came with delicious sweet plantains…my favorite!


Everybody was laughing at how much food I had!!!

In the end, it didn’t even look like I touched my dinner at all but I swear I ate it! I brought the rest home and will be eating chickpeas for weeks!!!


I also had this Cuban bread x 2:


I ended up eating all the yuca, my plantains plus Ryan’s plantains and didn’t touch the black beans. I was stuffed!

Here’s the whole crew:


However, not too full…………..


Ryan and I totally hit up the gelato place down the street for dessert! I LOVE GELATO!!! And can you even believe it is 94% fat free and only contains 110-130 calories (so said the sign on the door)?! I had my favorite, pistachio!

While my date had HIS favorite, chocolate peanut butter!


And, yes, after all this amazing food the hungry hungry caterpillar was finally STUFFED! And I went home and immediately crashed. 🙂

This morning I woke up at 6:15 and thought up hitting the gym for an early morning strength session, but my body told me to just relax instead. I’m about to make some breakkie and go to church at 8:30 and then I will work out later in the morning.

See you in a bit!

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  • Moran
    March 22, 2009 at 5:20 am

    What a fun night!!
    I never had Cuban cuisine, but the chickpeas look great!
    Enjoy your Sunday

  • Nicole
    March 22, 2009 at 5:38 am

    Woah chickpeas! They look very tasty, but man, that is one monster portion!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 22, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Your dinner reminds me of Channa Masala…. in other words….


  • life coach jen
    March 22, 2009 at 6:10 am

    You sure got your money’s worth with those chick peas!

  • Romina
    March 22, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Ryan has good taste! Chocolate peanut butter is my fave too!

  • Leanne
    March 22, 2009 at 6:45 am

    I love mojitos so much! Definitely my favorite special cocktail. I’ve never eaten at a Cuban restaurant though? Looks delish.

  • raybelle
    March 22, 2009 at 6:54 am

    jenna– 3 questions!

    1. i love that skirt! can I ask where it’s from?
    2. how often do you do ab workouts?
    3. my husband and i are going to vacation at anna maria island this summer. we want to go to tampa for a day–would you recommend this? if so, what kinds of stuff should we do? are there any particularly fun parts of town. we’re not big into the bar/nightlife scene.


    • jenna
      March 22, 2009 at 8:26 am


      I got that skirt from Urban Outfitters about four years ago! I love it 🙂 As for ab workouts, I RARELY ever do them…..confession! I do 20 crunches maybe once a week if I remember but I really dislike doing them so I hardly ever stick to it. I should make a commitment to do them more often but its just so boring to me! And as for your Tampa question, coming for the day would be fun! You could always go to Busch Gardens or the Zoo or something….and the Hyde Park area is nice to walk around.

  • Susan
    March 22, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Ha, I just got back from Cuba and the food at that restaurant looks better than the food I had in Cuba!

  • K
    March 22, 2009 at 7:26 am

    What a great Saturday!! Mojitos, chickpeas, gelato…can’t get much better 😀

  • Meg
    March 22, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Is that hungry, hungry caterpillar reference a shout out to the awesome eric carle children’s book Hungry Caterpillar? Because that was my favourite book as a kid!!!!

    Great pic of the 4 of you!! So cute!

  • Dulcie
    March 22, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Your dinner looks delicious as well as the gelato!! yumm

  • Cole
    March 22, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Holy chickpeas! And that gelato…mmm, mmm, good.

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    March 22, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Good thing its Meatless in March! I think those chickpeas will last you through Meatless in May.

  • Michelle Hisae
    March 22, 2009 at 8:41 am

    It’s definitely getting to be gelato/frozen yogurt season for me! Spring is here and I can just taste summer!

  • Taylor
    March 22, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Hey, I cam across your site and like it! That gelato looks so good, but I probably need to hold back on the sweets this week lol.
    Looks like you’re having a pretty fun time, enjoy!

    <33 Taylor

  • Taylor
    March 22, 2009 at 8:58 am

    By the way, I added you to my blogroll. Hope you don’t mind, I just like your site! 🙂

  • Matt
    March 22, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Dang that’s a lot of food!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    March 22, 2009 at 9:20 am

    WOW i love Cuban food! I can’t even imagine how amazing those chickpeas must’ve tasted! And I’m beyond jealous of the yucca and gelato… I might need to hit up some cuban restaurant soon, I’m in withdrawl!

  • Run Saraaah
    March 22, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Sounds like a great day! That chickpea dish looks so amazing…my mouth is watering and it’s only 8:30am here. I love your skirt/outfit too…you have really great style!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    March 22, 2009 at 9:31 am

    oh my gosh I love love loooove cuban food!!! i miss it so much since I left Miami!! I’ve never seen that chickpea dish before though but i do looove chickpeas! looks like such a fun time 🙂

  • Trish (girlatgym)
    March 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

    OH I just love chickpeas!! 🙂

  • kristi
    March 22, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Chickpeas and gelato….could there be a more perfect combo?!

  • Caitlin
    March 22, 2009 at 9:56 am

    that gelato looks so good!

  • Shannon @ TheDailyBalance
    March 22, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I’m so jealous of you in your cute lil tank top! Right now I’m bundled up in front of my space heater! Share some of that sunshine with us in the north! 😉

  • Sarah W.
    March 22, 2009 at 9:59 am

    jealous of your gelato!!!

    yum on the chickpea dish! I would have gotten the same thing – I LOVE plaintains & black beans & yucca!!!

    my fav is mixing plantains with black beans – delish!!! and rice!! great combo!!

  • Sophia
    March 22, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Wow! Amazing eats! that chickpeas look sooooo delish!
    oh, and I know what yucca is, but have never tried it before….how does it taste like?
    pistachio gelato is my fav, too!

  • Heather
    March 22, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Sounds like SO much fun! And those chickpeas look delish! And you get to have supper planned for you for the next few weeks 😉

  • Oh She Glows
    March 22, 2009 at 10:29 am

    oh my gosh GELATO!!! Reminds me of Italy!! LOVE IT. What is your favourite kind?? There are so many to choose from…

    Glad you are enjoying your vacay!

  • katecooks
    March 22, 2009 at 11:32 am

    mmmm all of that food looks so good! i love the sugarcane in the mojito…what a cute touch!!! love love love the gelato too. baccio is my go-to favorite flavor 🙂

  • bobbi
    March 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    You two are soooo cute!

  • brandi
    March 22, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    what a fun weekend! Great job on your race!!!

    I love mojitos 🙂 They’re the best

  • RunToFinish
    March 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    hmmm what’s in cajun chickpeas, i think i’d like to make it!

  • Emily
    March 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm


  • Caroline
    March 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Mmm..I love me some chickpeas–those look great!

    Can you believe that I have never had gelato?! I know, it’s a tragedy.

  • Kelsey
    March 23, 2009 at 9:42 am

    This is an AMAZINGLY yummalicious post!! It makes me want to go back to the Keys!!

  • Bencity
    November 30, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    I’m not the biggest vegeterian but that chickpea dish looks fenomenal.
    I’ll incorporate Chickpea in my menu…..thank you