#FoodFocus – The Humble Chickpea – Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

I’m not a snacker, but if I do reach for something in between having supper and going to bed, it’s usually something salty that I crave. This is probably the case for a lot of us. And we all know that too much salt is not a good thing. How about something savory that will satisfy the salt craving?

While I was doing some research on chickpeas, I came across some recipes that called for roasting them in the oven. What a great snack idea! They can be prepared with only as little or as much salt as desired. Chickpeas are nutritious, packed with protein and fiber and are super for brain health. They are one of the best food sources of magnesium, relaxing blood vessels, and allowing more blood flow to the brain (Dr. Mercola, 2013). I think they would make a great snack for students!

This recipe is so quick and easy. The seasonings are a little on the spicy side but they can be seasoned with all kinds of different herbs and spices. A whole can of chickpeas makes for a few snack sessions, unless sharing is involved! If there are any left over, just store them in an airtight container. Here’s my version:

roasted chickpeas
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Recipe:

1 can chickpeas
1  tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder

Drain, rinse and pat dry the chickpeas using paper towels and put them in a bowl large enough so you can toss them. Combine all the herbs and spices in a small bowl and add them to the chickpeas. Toss them so the peas are evenly coated with the spice blend. Then add the olive oil and toss to coat.
Arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 25 minutes at 425 degrees. If you want them a little crispier, leave them in another 5 minutes.

 

A Maltese girlfriend of mine told me that in Malta fresh chickpeas are snacked on all the time. They are sometimes sold in paper bags on the beaches. The children love them! Dried or fresh, chickpeas are a super healthy legume!

 

Works cited:

Dr. Mercola. (2013, October 31). 9 Top Foods To Boost Your Brainpower. Retrieved from mercola.com.

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