Roasted Chickpeas

Sometimes, when you’re on the road, it can be tough to eat right. I know I’m prone to grabbing a fast food burger or a candy bar when I’m getting a little hangry. If you’re trying to watch your diet, save a little cash, or just treat your health better, a good snack goes a long way. 

I was in the same on-the-move situation this past week. My daughter is a biker, and while out on the road, she was hit by another driver. Of course, when I got the call, I was panicked. She lives in Chicago, which is a long way for me. She was going to be okay, but, of course, I wasn’t going to sit around while my girl was hurt!

So, I called my partner, who was at work at the time. It was early, but we decided to leave for Chicago as soon as the work day was over. That left me to the packing and the snacks. 

Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a stress-eating problem. When I’m worried about something, I’m probably also eating. My daughter ensured me that, while she was pretty beaten up, the lawyers at Lane & Lane could handle her claim without any trouble. Still, we were going anyway to make sure she was okay. 

At first, I threw a few bananas in a bag, some packs of crackers, and other snacks, but I knew I could do better. So, I pulled out my baking sheet and got to work on some roasted chickpeas. 

Tasty, Crunchy, and Quick 

I’m sure we’ve all heard this one a thousand times before, but this really is the easiest recipe in the world. Better yet, you can mix it up a little. They’re like chips: crunchy, salty, and full of flavor. 

You can even customize the flavor. If you like barbecue, you can add a little chili powder and garlic powder. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, try tossing them in honey and cinnamon. You can even use curry to add a little extra kick. 

I’ll add in my personal favorite seasoning combo, but first, how do you cook them? Believe it or not, you just toss them in oil, roll them onto a baking sheet, and top them with your seasonings before cooking for thirty to forty minutes.

Really, that’s all. 

I had made a sweet batch and a savory batch before my partner got home and we loaded up for Chicago. They lasted all the way there, and right now, I’m sitting in the hospital room, watching my daughter fuss about sitting still so long while her broken leg healed, and still snacking. 

Hey, if I’m going to stress eat, at least I picked something healthy, right? 

Roasted Chickpeas with Seasoning

Ingredients

For the seasoning

  • ½ tsp smoked paprika 
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin

For the chickpeas

  • Two cans chickpeas
  • Olive oil 

Directions

  1. Combine seasonings and adjust to taste. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Drain both cans of chickpeas, then toss in olive oil. 
  3. When chickpeas are coated, spread chickpeas evenly on baking sheet. 
  4. Roast for thirty to forty minutes. Check periodically for crispiness. 
  5. Once chickpeas are crispy, remove from oven and let cool. Serve or place into bags for easy, on-the-go snacks.