One of my co-workers recently undertook the goal of losing 10 pounds over the next few months by eating healthy and focusing on her workouts. In particular, she is a snacker, and has decided to cut it all out sweet treats. She is also a vegetarian, so her protein sources are limited. (Protein helps maintain your satiety more than carbohydrates or fat.)
In honor of my co-worker, I came up with this Roasted Chickpea recipe that she can crunch on throughout the day or even add to salads at mealtimes. It is remarkably easy and definitely a crowd-pleaser. I even serve a version of this recipe to my husband’s friends when they come over to watch sporting events as a healthier snack option, along with popcorn, nuts, and baked pita chips. They don’t even know they are being tricked into eating healthier!
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 pinch cayenne (optional if you like some additional heat)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Rinse and drain the can of chickpeas. Toss chickpeas with olive oil and seasonings, and place in a single layer on a metal sheet tray. (Tip: I like to cover my sheet tray with foil and spray with a cooking spray for easier clean-up!) Bake for 30-40 minutes, mixing once or twice. Cooking time may vary slightly depending on your oven. The chickpeas are done when they are brown and crunchy!
As I mentioned above, these are a great option to snack on in lieu of chips or popcorn, and seamlessly replace croutons in a salad as a crunchy element. Feel free to use whatever seasonings you like and experiment. Some other flavor combinations I like for Roasted Chickpeas are rosemary and garlic powder; lemon pepper and garlic powder; and ginger powder and soy sauce. Hope you enjoy!
xo – SavvySleever