Roasted Chick Peas

You may have enjoyed chick peas (also known as Garbanzos) in your salad or eaten them ground up as Hummus or Falafel, but have you ever considered them as a snack? When I’m looking for snack options, I want them to meet three criteria. #1 Great taste. #2 Be satisfying. #3 Have nutritional value. While I’m sure most people will agree to #1 and #2, you may not have always put #3 on the list. Of course you want a snack to taste great, that’s a given; there is no point to eating bad food. Ideally we would also be satisfied with whatever snack we choose so we aren’t looking for something else 15 minutes later. I like to make sure that my snacks also have some nutritional value because there are only so many hours in the day and we might as well make our snacks work for us!

These roasted chick peas are certainly delicious and satisfying. One serving (122g) delivers about 6 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber which are both important components of satiety. As an added nutritional bonus, they contain about 25% of the Daily Value for Iron and almost half the Daily Value for Folate!

The recipe if you can call it that, is to take a can of chick peas, rinse and drain them well so that most of the moisture is gone. Place them in a bowl and drizzle with some olive oil, then sprinkle them with seasonings of your choice (I used curry powder and salt but you can create almost any spice combo you like) and stir them well. Spread them out on a rimmed baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees until they are browned and crispy; this takes about 35-40 minutes depending upon your oven.

One can will make about 3 servings depending upon the snacker. Make sure to enjoy them with a big glass of water because of the high fiber content, and let me know if you come up with any other great seasoning combos I should try!

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