Recipe: Seasoned/Roasted Chickpeas

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Today, I’m suggesting an act of simplicity. It’s the end of a busy weekend and priorities for the week ahead are piling up already … one after the other. During the last week, I had multiple decisions to make at once – it seemed that all deadlines converged within the same short window of time. Rapid fire decision making. Very little time to pause and reflect. But, I still found my way to the kitchen and made some (very) simple, fresh, and healthy dishes.

And oh, hey … Mercury is still in retrograde … so maybe that explains some of the chaos. With that in mind, maybe it’s a good idea not to use complicated kitchen gadgets anyway 😉

So, as things elsewhere in life were getting overly complicated, I dialed it back in the kitchen and tried to make grounding and simple dishes.  I’m doing what I can to cultivate some simplicity. This dish has immediate benefits (you can snack on these right after baking), and a return on investment to last the next few days. It’s a flavorful bit of protein to add as a salad topping, for example.

This process is meditative. You can’t mess it up. To make this dish well, it’s best to use fresh herbs, and a generous pour of salt, pepper, and dried herbs too. It’s also best to stay present. Just acknowledge the space you’re in. The process of washing the chickpeas, patting them dry, and then tossing with heaping teaspoons of fragrant herbs.

Here’s how this works:
*Simple Seasoned & Roasted Chickpeas*

  • Wash the chickpeas under cool water
  • Pat the chickpeas dry with a clean towel and let them sit for a few minutes to air dry
  • Add the chickpeas to a mixing bowl and cover with olive oil
  • Squeeze 1/2 of a fresh lemon into the bowl
  • Generously add any combination of spices you desire – the recipe pictured here includes: red pepper flakes, paprika, sea salt, black pepper, thyme, rosemary, and fresh basil. And it was delicious
  • In a single layer, add the spiced chickpeas on a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Bake in the oven (@ 350F) until crispy and well cooked

Garbanzo beans are one of the most affordable ways you can prioritize your health today. They lower cholesterol and promote digestive health, as chickpeas are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. With high levels of folate and magnesium, chickpeas are heart healthy. These beige little guys stabilize blog sugar and help to control weight as well. What’s not to love?

Buy a few cans, keep them in a cupboard, and cut down on time at the grocery store. More chickpea based inspiration coming soon. And in the meantime, let’s be cautious of that whole Mercury in Retrograde thing …

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About chelseaeva

recipe developer, nutrition guru, food policy geek.
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