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Spicy, Smokey, Sweet Roasted Chickpeas

The best thought I had on Thursday, was knowing that Friday was around the corner. I can’t wait for the weekend. I feel like the work weeks are busier than they need to be. So much so, I find myself getting to work before 8, sometimes before 7:30 and working until almost 5 or past that. It’s not like I should complain.

I really do love what I do. But when you’re in meetings almost all day, every day, it’s hard to get the actual work done! I’m lucky to have an amazing team that keeps things going and moving forward when I’m not around. I’m sure I’d be 8479374938 times more stressed if that wasn’t the case.

So when I finally did leave the office, and then took my 25 minute bus ride home, I was beat. I fed the pups, laid down on the couch and this happened.

But shortly after that, the chickpeas happened. I wanted nothing more than to have the worst kind of snack in the world (read: ice cream, chips, chocolate, anything!) but we don’t have those types of things in the house (except Skinny Cows, but wasn’t in the mood for that). So I made the roasted chickpeas and it was the perfect snack.

I’ve made roasted chickpeas a million times before and they’re usually savory with rosemary and sea salt, salt and black pepper, sriracha and franks red hot…and you get the point. I still need to try making sweet ones, but this time, I wanted a blend of it all because I couldn’t decide between spicy and sweet.

So Triple S was born: spicy, smokey and sweet.
•Spicy and smokey was the garam masala. I make my own, but you can also buy it already made. I made a small batch of garam masala but without the cardamom so it was more smokey with the cumin and coriander.
•Sweet came from the cinnamon and brown sugar. A beautiful combination.

And all was right in the world. At least for the day anyway.

Spicy, Smokey and Sweet Roasted Chickpeas
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Recipe type: snack, appetizer
  • 1 can (15 oz.) garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F
  2. Drain, rinse, dry the beans and put in a small bowl
  3. Add olive oil, garam masala and brown sugar.
  4. Toss well
  5. Spread onto a baking sheet in single layer.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, tossing after 20 minutes.
  7. Chickpeas are done when they are toasted and crispy.

Roasted Chickpeas with Rosemary and Sea Salt

While REB and I are back on our health track, I have to admit I’ve had some cravings for bad, salty treats that I shouldn’t eat. You know, things like chips, chex mix…those kinds of bad things. So instead, I decided to make a snack that’s so easy to make and not terribly bad for you, and full of protein!

I’ve made roasted chickpeas before and last time I made them, I made them spicy. This time around I wanted to try a more savory combination. So I thought rosemary and sea salt would be a nice!

Rosemary is a great herb, but it’s extremely bold in my opinion. I never use a lot because it’s so strong. But it has a woodsy smell, looks kind of like the woods – a pine tree or something – and is full of this flavor that I can only define as “savory”. When I think savory, I think of this herb paired with cheese, salt, or on potatoes or fish or something.

It did take some time to cook, but it was totally worth it. They were crunchy on the outside and a touch soft on the inside and it was bursting with delicious flavor.

It would be a perfect snack for Superbowl Sunday, or just pack it up, take it to work and munch on during the mid-afternoon cravings. I know that’s what I’ll be doing! I hope you all enjoy!

Here’s what you need:
•2 15-ounce cans garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
•2 tablespoons olive oil
•1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, minced
•1 teaspoon salt (plus a pinch sprinkled at the end)

Preheat your oven to 400°F
Start by draining and rinsing the beans under cold water. Place a couple sheets of paper towel on a rimmed baking sheet and pour the beans on it. Then take each end of the paper towel and put them over the beans and roll back and forth to help dry them off. This will also take the skin off some of the beans.
Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil over the beans. Then I took a teaspoon of the dried rosemary leaves and used my mortal and pestle to help smush it up. Sprinkle that over the beans along with a teaspoon of sea salt.
Use your hands or a spatula and toss the ingredients with the beans so it’s well coated. Arrange them in a single layer on the pan.
Bake for 45 minutes, checking them every 15 minutes to make sure they aren’t burning and to also stir/toss them.
When they come out, sprinkle a pinch of salt on top and enjoy!

Is there a healthy go-to snack you love and can get enough of?

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