“Happiness is always having the next snack prepared.”
In my quest to eat better I’m searching for a snack to take the place of potato chips besides more potato chips. I’m also trying to get more healthy protein into my body. Maybe I should throw in losing ten pounds by the holidays. Naw.
And then I came upon a recipe for roasted chickpeas, which contain a bit over 7 grams of protein in just a half cup. What if I could make them taste wonderful? What if I could lose ten pounds by the holidays? I think I’ll focus on the chickpeas.
Large can chickpeas/garbanzo beans
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons spices or minced fresh herbs
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Drain and rinse chickpeas. Dry the chickpeas using ingenuity and paper towels. Air dry for a few minutes if possible. The more moisture removed, the crispier the peas will be. Remove any excess skin that comes off if this works for you. The extra skin can also stay where it is.
When the chickpeas are dry to your liking place them into a bowl and drizzle on the olive oil. Sprinkle on the salt. Mix. Spread onto a sheet pan.
Roast for 30 to 35 minutes, shaking the pan every 10 minutes. The chickpeas are done when golden brown and crunchy on the outside. Taste the chickpeas every 10 minutes to check for crispiness. The centers might stay slightly soft.
For further drying and crisping, turn off the oven after about 30 minutes. Allow the chickpeas to sit in the warmed oven for another 30 minutes. The slow drying will help with the crunchy. Sprinkle the desired spices over the warm roasted chickpeas and stir to coat.
After the initial 30 minutes in the 400 degree oven I transferred the chickpeas to a muffin tin that’s designed to make 6 large muffins. I sprinkled each portion with a different herb or spice and then put them back into the oven for the crisping process. I was smart enough to line up the seasonings in the same order as the chickpeas in the tin. I’m not just a pretty face.
I didn’t do any sweet blends. I can leave that for another day.
Also, I was busy with this project while children were coming to the door shouting, “Trick or Treat!” I figured if I ran out of candy bars I could switch over to chickpeas.
I continued to test the chickpeas for crispness and the Trick or Treat chocolate bars for no reason whatsoever. I am not going to lose 10 pounds by the holidays!
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.