Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Roasted Chickpeas Two Ways

Do you like hummus? Have you tried store bought roasted chickpeas and been disappointed? I answer yes to both of these and decided to create my own version of roasted chickpeas!
Healthy and easy to please any crowd with your own customization, add this recipe to the top of your “must try” list! If you have been disappointed, like me with the over crunchy store bought roasted chickpeas, try making your own.

These can be roasted to your liking. This recipe will yield a crispy light brown but not crunchy result. Not to worry, you can always keep them in the oven longer if you like a good hard crunch.

The recipe is simple and starts with a can.

Yep, a good old can of chickpeas. Any brand will do. Pull out your change purse.  A can of chickpeas range from 0.69 – 0.99 cents in the grocery store. So, of all things healthy – ANYONE can afford these! Seriously, I could probably find enough change in my couch to pay for a can! Healthy eating can be affordable ;)

Now how to roast them...

It’s important to drain the chickpeas well to remove all liquid , which will help them roast better. Also remove any shells that are still hanging around. They will burn in the oven.

I toyed around with a couple different seasonings and landed on these two as my favorite: Chili and Garlic Parmesan .  You probably have all spices in your cabinet right now. Which is one reason I’m so excited about this recipe – roasted chickpeas for everyone!

Garlic Parmesan flavored

The garlic parmesan reminds me of garlic bread knot. Mouthwatering! On the flip side, the chili reminds me of a mix between a BBQ chip and a bowl of chili.

Chili flavored

Roasted Chickpeas Two Ways Recipe

Garlic Parmesean
1 - 15.5 oz can chickpeas, drained
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Grated Parmesean Cheese
1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 – 15.5 oz can chickpeas, drained
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
½ teaspoon Cumin
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (you may want to go + or – 25 degrees depending on your oven). I have a gas oven that over-heats so I set it at 350. Drain chickpeas well. Pat dry with a paper towel. Remove any skins off the chickpeas. On a baking sheet, spray lightly with olive oil, and spread out chickpeas evenly on the pan. Spray lightly with olive oil. Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes. Check and toss/ the chickpeas at the half way point. When done, remove from baking sheet and place in a medium size bowl. Add olive oil and all seasonings. Toss with a spoon until chickpeas are coated.  You can save leftovers in a reusable container and I like to use the toaster oven to re-heat.

Before the oven

After the oven


Enjoy and be well!

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