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Friday, April 23, 2010
C is for Chickpeas! Roasted Chickpea Recipe!
I found it hard to narrow down my choice for a favorite food which starts with the letter C because there are just so many! I love cucumbers, cinnamon (which I am slightly obsessed with), chia seeds, coconut, chamomile, cocoa, COSMO COOKIES (recipe in one of Ally's past posts)...really there are just so many!
What made my mind up was the decision to make Roasted Chickpeas which are a delicious and nutritious and easy snack! My friend Nikki always has these to snack on and I've always been interested in making them...and now I finally have! I can't believe it took me so long to make these because they are DELICIOUS! I feel like I'm eating chips or something when I eat these! But I feel great after!!!
Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo Beans are so cute and versatile! They are amazing in stir-frys, salads, hummus, and by roasting them, you get a satisfying snack!
Be creative with the spices and seasonings you choose to marinate them in...I chose spicy and savory this time but I hear that they taste amazing sweet (think cinnamon and maybe something crazy like a splash of brown rice syrup)!!!
One cup of Chickpeas has 269 calories, 4 grams of Fat (0 grams of saturated and 0 grams of Trans Fats), 11mg of sodium, 45 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of dietary fiber, 8 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein. Chickpeas are also a good source of Folate and Manganese as well as containing iron!
Really this recipe is so easy you can do it while multi-tasking the other zillion things that you have to do! *I am currently writing this blog while my chickpeas are in the oven!!!!
So here is my Roasted Chickpea Recipe:
1 - 14ounce can of organic chickpeas/garbanzo beans
2 tbsp. olive oil
sea salt to taste
chili flakes (to your liking)
1 tsp. of cumin
(be creative and add any seasoning that sounds appealing to you!)
Pre-heat the oven to 450'F/230'C. Pour the chickpeas out of the can and drain through a strainer. Place chickpeas onto a towel and pat dry. Place the chickpeas into a bowl and pour the olive oil and spices in as well. Mix with clean hands. Pour onto a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes (check several times because you want them to be browned and crunchy but not burnt)!
I hope that you enjoy this recipe and let me know if you experiment with different flavors and how they work out for you! BTW...I just ate the entire bowl of chickpeas while writing this!!!! Haha!