It’s great to be back home after a busy week visiting with family in Texas. We did so many fun things and celebrated the 4th of July with fireworks and dancing! Besides being with loved ones, it was great to be outside, workout and be around nature. For me, this is very grounding and I feel recharged and blessed for another great opportunity to do the things I love and enjoy life, but I am also glad to be back to my home, my kitchen, to hug my cats, to care for my garden and blogging. Yes, life is filled with wonderful things!
This week I am excited to share this recipe with you because as important as it is to eat healthy meals, snacking is also of great importance. The right snack will be like slow-burning fuel that helps you keep going all day while providing you with nutritional values. If you include protein in your snack, you’ll benefit from an extra mental boost. The right snack will give you a light support. This roasted chickpeas is deliciously flavored with garlic, chopped shallots and other spices. It’s a great healthy snack to keep around the house or take on the go. Chickpeas are very filling and it can help prevent digestive disorders. They are also a good source of protein and high in iron. Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans are an excellent source of the manganese, which is essential in energy production and antioxidant defenses. These are a few great reasons to make this legume a part of your healthy diet.
Another great way to consume this legume is in the famous Middle Eastern recipe we know as hummus, which is really easy to make and extremely addicting (See Raw Pumpkin Seed Hummus post here), once you make you own hummus you will never want to buy it again (warning!) but that’s totally okay because making your own foods is a much healthier way to eat anyway.
Chickpeas or garbanzo beans comes in a can or dried beans. I have used both canned and home cooked chickpeas and no question I prefer to cook my own for ingredients control, it’s fresher and therefore tastes better. For a couple more steps you can also cook your own chickpeas but honestly I only suggest that you cook your own if you have a pressure cooker.
This roasted chickpea recipe is a truly yummy snack that you can enjoy. Make a big batch and keep it in a glass jar to serve as an appetizer or munch, or simply as a wonderful snack or in salads. Either way you will be satisfied and enjoy it’s nutritional benefits
- 2 cups chickpeas
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbs garlic powder
- 2 tbs chopped shallots
- salt & pepper
- Soak chickpeas for 6-8 hours in cold water. Rinse thoroughly.
- Cook in a pressure cooker with 4 cups of water for 25 minutes.
- Remove from the pressure cooker and place it in a baking sheep over parchment pepper.
- Pour the olive oil over the garbanzo beans.
- Add the shallot and garlic powder.
- Sprinkle with salt & pepper
- Bake at 400F for 25 minutes stirring twice in between.