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Crunchy Roasted Paprika Chickpeas

When it comes to snacking, I’m all for it. I really love to snack through the whole day, rather than eating two big meals and nothing in between. It seems I have more energy that way. That being said, I love discovering new healthy snack, that are actually delicious! And I love to eat homemade meals when I can. That’s why I like to prepare all my snacks from scratch at home.

Usually I’m snacking on nuts and fruits, but sometimes I wish for something more starchy. And when this happens, I make oven roasted chickpeas. In this recipe I used spices I like, but you can easily add whatever spice you prefer. Most of the times I cook chickpeas on my own, but this time I used canned ones, because I was a little short on time. If you can, I would recommend you to cook it by yourself. Canned chickpeas can contain lots of unnecessary sodium.

This recipe is so easy to make and, did I mention, delicious!!!. So go make it and let me know how you like it!

Health Benefits:

Chickpeas

Chickpeas are one of the oldest varieties of legumes on Earth. They are great source of plant based protein. Actually they  contain incomplete protein. That means that if you combine them with some other protein packed food (for example eggs or quinoa) you can create effective alternative to proteins that are in meat.  Chickpeas also contain lots of fiber (folate and magnesium), which lowers your bad cholesterol levels. They are great source of zinc and copper. Those two minerals are essential for function of immune cells. Besides that, chickpeas are amazing source of iron. Iron deficiencies are very in common among people, so for that reason it’s recommended to include them in your diet.

Interesting fact: In the past, chickpeas were used as an alternative to coffee. People would make caffeine free drink similar to coffee from them. And they say the taste is amazing.

Rosted Chickpeas

Roasted Paprika Chickpeas

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Serves: 2 Prep Time: Cooking Time:

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F (205°C).
  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  3. Put chickpeas on the kitchen towel and pat them dry.
  4. In a large bowl mix olive oil, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic and turmeric.
  5. Add chickpeas into the bowl and mix well.
  6. Prepare baking tray with parchment paper and spread chickpeas on it evenly in a single layer.
  7. Put the tray in the oven and roast until golden brown and crispy (about 35 minutes). Stir every 15 minutes!
  8. Eat warm or leave them on the try to cool down.
  9. Enjoy.

Notes

Chickpeas will easily last you few days stored in the fridge. You can totally cook chickpeas from scratch, actually it's more healthy to cook them at home than buy them in cans, because canned ones normally contains lots of sodium.

By | 2018-05-29T16:36:43+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Recipes|0 Comments

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