Recipe: Crisp ChickPeas

Chickpeas are a great alternative to nuts, plus they have a lower fat content! Making them at home means you can season them just about any way you like. You can use a bag of dried chickpeas (cooked according to package directions) or you can use canned — either way, these round little morsels are a tasty treat! You can munch on them solo or add them to your salad, rice or pasta dish to pump up the protein.

This is what you will need:

  • 1.5 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 can of chickpeas (or 2 cups home-cooked)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Seasonings of your choice
For either method, be sure to dry your chickpeas as much as possible using a clean towel. Not doing so will prevent them from crisping up.
Roasted Method: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine chickpeas and oil on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt & pepper. Roast for approximately 15-20 minutes.

Skillet Method: Place oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add chickpeas and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until browned (approximately 15 minutes).

Toss chickpeas with seasoning of your choice before serving. Chinese five spice, chili or curry powder and fresh herbs like thyme, sage & rosemary are a great way to add some flavor to these.

What is your favorite way to eat chickpeas? Share it in the comments section!

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