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Roasted Spiced Chickpeas!…

Posted Dec 06 2012 6:47am

Hi there!  Happy Thursday!!  It really feels like Friday today but we are one day closer to the weekend and I can handle that.  It’s freezing outside today!  The past few days it’s been quite warm, around 60 or so degrees.  Today, it has dropped drastically.  It’s really cold out.  I have to say that I like the cold better.  When it’s December, you want it to be cold not warm.  Well at least I do.  I’d rather be cold than hot.  What about you?  Would you rather be cold or hot?  At least if you are too cold you can put on layers.  If you are hot, you are stuck.  There isn’t much you can do.

Anyway, enough of that.  So last night since it was quite chilly outside, we decided to have our favorite meal soup for dinner.  I don’t know why I haven’t tried to make this from scratch yet.  It’s so good though.  We added extra spinach to our soup and served it with garlic toast.  It was the perfect comforting meal for a chilly winter night.

Spinach, Tortellini and Chicken Florentine Soup!

Spinach, Tortellini and Chicken Florentine Soup!

If you haven’t tried the meal soups yet, you really need to.  They are quite good.  They are a little on the pricey side but if you catch it on sale with a coupon, you can get a good deal.

A couple of weeks ago when I was at Melissa and my mom’s house, my mom showed me something that they both made for a snack.  It was roasted chickpeas that they had seasoned.  They became crispy and it was almost like eating a potato chip.  They were so good!  I couldn’t get enough of them.  I liked the spice that my mom used and it made for a healthy snack.  I knew that I had to try my hand at making them and then share the recipe with all of you.  So that is what I did last night.

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas

chickpeas

Ingredients:

1 can of chickpeas, drained

Paprika

Salt

Olive Oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Drain the can of chickpeas and then put in a bowl.  Toss the drained chickpeas with any combination of spices that you want.  For this recipe, I used paprika and salt.  Then pour in a little bit of olive oil, just enough to coat the seasoning that you have put on the chickpeas.

Place the chickpeas on a lined baking sheet and bake until crispy about a half hour, maybe longer depending on your oven.  Just make sure to keep your eyes on them so they don’t burn.

Ingredients that I used

Ingredients that I used

Chickpeas ready to roast in the oven!

Chickpeas ready to roast in the oven!

I really love how crispy they turn out.  It makes for a great snack plus you are able to season them anyway with any spices that you prefer.  I love the color that the paprika turns the chickpeas.  I think it makes for a visually appealing look to them.  Chickpeas are good for you.  They are very high in protein and also contain zinc and folate.  If you didn’t know, chickpeas are what are used to make hummus!  I find that so interesting.  I would really like to try my hand at making hummus from scratch sometime.  I think it would be rewarding to create your own hummus from scratch to enjoy.  It would be impressive at a party too!  Do you like chickpeas?  What spices would you use to season yours? 

Well that is all I have for today.  I hope you have a lovely Thursday!


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