Thursday, August 9

Chicky Chick Peas

Its hard to have great snacks around the house that are not only finger food but figure friendly. Chickpeas are in the legume family. They are high in protein and fiber plus they can be used in salads, stews, hummus.... Why can't they be roasted?

beans, beans good for your heart...
I suggest having this snack when you would usually have popcorn, potato chips or the like. 

Simple Roasted Chickpeas
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or other coarse salt like kosher salt)
Preheat oven to 400˚ F. Drain and rinse chickpeas. Spread the chickpeas on paper towels and soak up the water until thoroughly dryPlace the dried chickpeas in a medium bowl. Drizzle in the olive oil and toss gently with a large spoon. Sprinkle with sea salt. Toss again. Spread chickpeas on baking sheet in a single layer. Bake 30 – 40 minutes, stirring halfway through, until golden brown and crunchy. Add additional sea salt if needed. Serve.

Usually I make one batch, split it into two snack sized Ziploc bags and eat this as an afternoon snack instead of chips from the vending machine or leftover bagels in the break room. The best part is that you can never get bored because you can flavor them different each time.

Suggested Roasted Chickpea flavors:
Cilantro & Lime
Rosemary & Roasted Garlic
Your Favorite Cajun Seasoning
Lemon Pepper
Cinnamon & Sugar
Curry & Red pepper 
Jalapeno & Cumin 
Old Bay...

Rosemary & Sea Salt
 Get creative and experiment! 

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