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)
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
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
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