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My Friend the Chickpea

My Friend the Chickpea

I was basically unaware of the existence of the chickpea up until 3 years ago. I had eaten them before (in hummus and probably a few other things) but didn’t really know what I was eating. Then I found out that chickpeas are the main ingredient in hummus and I became a fan. I love hummus!! I have an excellent recipe that I got from my sister, it goes something like this:

1 (14.5 oz) can chickpeas-drained

2 rounded TBSP tahini sesame paste

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (or less if you can’t handle the spice)

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground corriander

1 clove garlic crushed

coarse salt

1/2 lemon-juiced

drizzle of olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and grind into a smooth paste. Serve with pita chips or veggies. I like to add kalamata olives to mine 🙂

Recently I found a recipe for turning chickpeas into a healthy snack and I thought to myself “I have GOT to try this!!”. And so I did 🙂 . Here are my results:

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It was very easy to do!  First you preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Then you take one can of Garbanzo beans, otherwise known as chickpeas, rinse and drain them and pat them dry with paper towels (if you don’t get them dry, they’ll be mushy instead of crunchy).  Next you mix 1 TBSP olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and 2 tsp spice mix (I used a spice I had called “soul food seasoning”). Add your chickpeas and mix well then spread on a baking sheet in a single layer. Cook for 30 min or until they are crispy, stirring occasionally. Dump in a bowl and enjoy 🙂 . You can see the original recipe here:

http://thoughtfulwomen.org/2014/07/23/healthy-snack-spicy-roasted-chickpeas/

I cooked them a bit too long, but they were still very tasty! I’m thinking I might need to try some ranch flavored ones and maybe BBQ or wasabi could be good too. My hubby tried one but wasn’t a fan. He said it was crunchy like a cornnut but had a weird aftertaste that wouldn’t go away.

Are you interested in trying out the recipe? If you do, let me know what you think! Do you have other ways you love to fix chickpeas? Send me some recipes!!

xo 😉

Sarahjo

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