The Foodie Physician: Dining with the Doc: Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

Dining with the Doc: Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

My Crispy Spiced Chickpeas are the perfect snack- healthy, satisfying and portable.  Keep them in a plastic bag and take them on the go so you have something nutritious to reach for when hunger strikes



Smoked foods are among the most commonly predicted food trends for 2015.  Both restaurant chefs and home cooks are experimenting with smoking techniques to add flavor to food and even drinks!  If you don’t have a smoker at home, don’t fear.  You can add smokiness to your food using spices.  This month’s Recipe Redux challenge was to share a healthy dish that we’re heating up with smoke and/or spiciness.  My Crispy Spiced Chickpeas definitely fit the bill.  They’re dusted with Moroccan spices and roasted in the oven.  Crunchy, smoky and packed with nutrients, these addictive morsels are the perfect snack.  Keep them in a plastic bag and take them on the go so you have something healthy and satisfying to reach for when hunger strikes. 






Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are legumes that were originally cultivated in the Middle East but are now used in cuisines throughout the world.  Chickpeas are a terrific vegetarian source of protein.  They’re also packed with fiber, which is important for digestive health. A diet high in fiber also helps to reduce cholesterol levels, regulate blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar levels and promote heart health.  Chickpeas also provide several other important nutrients including folate, iron, calcium and phosphorus.




Chickpeas are extremely versatile and can be used in a wide variety of dishes.  Here are some ways you can incorporate them into your diet:

  •      Add them to soups and salads
  •      Use them in Indian curries (Try my Chickpea and Spinach Curry)
  •      Puree them with tahini, olive oil and garlic to make your own hummus
  •      Mash them up and use them to make falafel or veggie burgers
  •      Stir them into quinoa, rice or couscous for a quick and easy side dish
  •      Use chickpea flour in baked goods
  •      Roast them in the oven for a crispy treat


My Crispy Spiced Chickpeas are a tasty and nutritious snack and they’re so easy to make!  Simply toss canned chickpeas with some olive oil and spices and roast them in the oven until crunchy.  Feel free to mix up the spices to create your own blends.  Store the chickpeas at room temperature in a resealable bag or other airtight container.   




Crispy Spiced Chickpeas
Makes 4 servings (2 cups)


Ingredients:
2 cans (15.5 ounce each) low-sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon salt


Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° F.

Dry the chickpeas with a kitchen towel and place them in a bowl.  Add the oil and spices and toss to combine well.

Spread the chickpeas out in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Roast in the oven, stirring once or twice, until chickpeas are dry and crispy, 35-40 minutes.

Let the chickpeas cool before serving (they will crisp up more as they dry).  Store in an airtight container. 



One serving: Calories 268; Fat 10.3g (Sat 1g); Protein 10.5g; Carb 35g; Fiber 9.1g; Calcium 80mg; Iron 3.7mg; Sodium 383mg; Folate 147μg


Check out the links below to see how my fellow Recipe Reduxers are heating up the New Year!


52 comments :

  1. Sonali, these crispy spiced chickpeas look incredible! I love topping soups with crispy chickpeas, or just reaching my hand into the jar and eating them. Such a healthy and delicious snack!

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    1. Thanks, Genevieve! That's a great idea to use them as soup toppers!

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  2. First off, yum!!! Second, I can't believe we used the exact same spices! And, believe it or not, I almost made chickpeas too, but had a popcorn craving and made that instead :-) Delicious minds cook alike!!

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    1. Haha, great minds think alike! Love popcorn as a healthy snack too, in fact I'm munching on some right now :)

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  3. I love roasted chickpeas!! Love your flavor combination!

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  4. pinning this. i love the spice plus texture in these chickpeas.

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  5. I love roasted chickpeas, they are really the perfect snack. The crunch is the best part. Loving that Moroccan spice :)

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    1. They really are the perfect snack! Thanks for stopping by, Alanna!

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  6. Yay for chickpeas! I've been meaning to make roasted chickpeas for the longest time, but still haven't. I really need to change that! :O (I think it's because I keep thinking it'll take me forever, even though it looks like a super-simple recipe. Will add to my "to make" list for after I finish off all the stuff in my kitchen! I want to throw these into salads! <3

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    1. Yay! Yes, they're actually really easy to make. And they make great healthy croutons on salads!

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  7. I absolutely LOVE making chickpea snacks! I do have a question about them though. My oven-baked chickpeas tend to lose crispness the next day, even if I store them in an airtight container (a ziploc bag). Does that happen to you too? Any tips on keeping them crunchy?

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    1. Yes, it's really hard to keep them crispy for more than 2 days. Here's a tip I read on another site that recommends toasting the chickpeas in a skillet first before putting them in the oven to keep them extra crispy. I haven't tried this technique but probably will the next time I make them. http://chefinyou.com/2013/01/roasted-chickpeas/

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  8. I love chick peas and this will be a great way to get my salt fix!

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  9. I have several cans of chick peas in our pantry right now! Can't wait to try your recipe this weekend! I love roasted chick peas!!

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    1. I always have chickpeas in my pantry! Hope you try it out!

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  10. Big fan of roasted chickpeas and this flavor combo sounds amazing. Do yours stay crispy for more than a day? that's been the hardest part of making them at home for me!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! Check out my reply to Lisa about keeping the chickpeas crispy.

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  11. I can never get my chickpeas as crispy as yours! I need to try your recipe - or maybe your oven :)

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    1. Haha! They can go very quickly from crispy to burnt, you definitely have to keep a close eye on them!

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  12. I love crispy chickpeas! They are my favorite topping on salads! Can't wait to try this spiced version.

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    1. Thanks, Alex! They do make a great salad topping!

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  13. Yum! These look like a healthy delicious snack, or a yummy salad topping! I've got to try these. Pinned!

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  14. These are being made- True story- I can't handle legumes very well (even though they were a huge staple growing up), unless they are fried to a crisp or eaten like this! Pinning! Thanks Sonali!

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  15. Paprika, cumin, coriander and cayenne are on my top ten list of favorite spices - I use them ALL the time - but NEVER on roasted chickpeas - am thinking that needs to change?! Btw - Sonali your photos = WOW!

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    1. Thanks so much, Shashi! They are some of my favorite spices as well :)

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  16. These roasted chickpeas look amazing! Never tried roasting them before but will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

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    1. Thanks Kelley! They're so easy and so tasty- you should definitely give them a try :)

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  17. I honestly cannot get close to chickpeas because I will go NUTS and eat ALL OF THEM!!! And then some! ha ha! It's dangerous!

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  18. Thanks for the amazing recipe Sonali, I'm glad I can make these with canned chickpeas! I grew up in Bulgaria and my grandmother used to roast chickpeas all the time. I love them roasted, but never made them myself! Will definitely try. Pinned!

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    1. Thanks Mira!!! You should definitely give them a try, they're so easy and tasty!

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  19. A family favorite...love your addition of cumin and paprika!

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    1. Aren't they so great? The spices definitely add a nice kick!

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  20. Pinning this! Such a healthy and delicious snack!

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  21. How delicious these look, my fellow Clean Plate Clubber!

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    1. Hey there! Great to "meet" you, thanks for connecting with me!

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  22. These look out of this world good girl!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Liz! I really appreciate the love :)

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  23. Wow Sonali! These crispy spiced chickpeas look so divine! A perfect combo of healthy and delicious snack! Loved it! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Anu! And they're so easy to make :)

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  24. Tried this today. Love the crunchy, healthy snack! Thanks Sonali!

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