When versatile foods come up in conversation, chickpeas might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, these plant-based foods pack a nutritional wallop — and can both add flavor to savory dishes and bulk up sweet treats. Chickpeas are high in fiber, which helps keep you feeling full longer and supports overall gut health. They’re also loaded with protein, which means they’re great for muscle building (and for satisfying your hunger). You can use chickpeas in so many ways: as an ingredient in soups or stews; as a topping for salads and roasted vegetables; as a part of hummus or other dips; or even just by themselves as a snack!
Feel free to play with the seasonings and try your own variations!
One can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (you can also use dried chickpeas, just soak them overnight first)
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Toss chickpeas, salt, and spices together in a small bowl until the chickpeas are evenly coated.
Spread chickpeas evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for anywhere from 45-60 minutes, occasionally stirring (this is important for even cooking!) until they get hard and crunchy. Serve immediately or allow to cool first; they are good both ways!
Cook Time: 60 minutes