I'm trying to eat better without giving up so many of the flavors that I love. Some people crave sweets - I'm a salt craver. I usually don't keep chips in the house since I can't stop at just one. Cheez-Its are also a huge weakness for me as well. I've been good lately, and have curbed my mindless snacking by eating things like nuts, sunflower kernels, and these amazing roasted chickpeas. Dusted with a bit of Cajun seasoning (I used storebought, but you can make your own), these have just the right amount of heat and an incredible nutty flavor.
Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are the basis for hummus. Besides being tasty, chickpeas also contain a lot of protein, dietary fiber, phosphorus, zinc and folate. In addition, recent studies indicate that eating chickpeas can help lower cholesterol (while tasting better than plain Cheerios).
Cajun Roasted Chickpeas
adapted from One Perfect Bite
2 cans chickpeas, drained, rinsed and dried well
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp Cajun seasoning
2 tsp brown sugar
Line a baking sheet with foil and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss chickpeas with olive oil, Cajun seasoning and brown sugar. Discard any loose skins.
Transfer to the foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Let cool.