Sunday, May 31, 2015

Ginger-Sesame Chickpea snacks

Need a healthy crunchy snack.  Try roasted chickpeas.  Chickpeas are a great source of protein and fiber which will help satisfy your hunger and make you stay full longer.  Fiber has benefits in lowering your LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).  It also helps your digestive tract and immune system by aiding in the elimination of toxins and waste out of the body. 
This snack is a great alternative to many savory snacks from chips, to crackers, to even corn nuts.  The flavor of the roasted chickpeas may be most similar to corn nuts, however the plus side is that these chick peas are not fried.  You can roast a few cans at a time and save the chick peas in little containers for a snack to munch on throughout the week.  The recipe was modified from Maria Tadic's Ginger-Sesame Roasted Chickpeas found in March/April's 2015 Food and Nutrition Magazine.
2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp. canola oil
3 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2  tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp. sesame oil
Begin by rinsing and draining the chickpeas in a colander.  Please allow them to dry completely be for moving on.
While the chickpeas are drying in a small bowl mix canola oil, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, and all the seasonings together in a small bowl.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil
Spread the chickpeas  on the cooking sheet.
Drizzle the oil mixture over the chickpeas and mix.
Roast for about 30 minutes, stirring the chick peas ever so often.
In a small bowl add the remaining soy sauce and sesame oil.
Drizzle the remaining oil mixture on the chickpeas.  Roast for an additional 15-20 minutes.
Allow to cool and then enjoy.

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