I love chickpeas…always have. The fact that these round nutty flavored legumes are good for me just makes them even better. It’s said that chickpeas are chuck full of such nutrients as fiber, folic acid and manganese making them very important to your digestive health. For me it's all about taste.
Chickpeas are very versatile. You can mix them with tahini and make hummus, pair them with tomatoes, onions and lemon juice for a refreshing salad like this one. My favorite way...is to eat them roasted. You can munch on these little treats almost anywhere. I’m sure there are tons of recipes out there for roasting chickpeas but below is the one I like to use.
1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
1Tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp chili pepper
Mix all ingredients together until all the beans are coated. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, turning periodically so they are evenly roasted. These are best fresh from the oven but will last several days in a sealed container.
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