#BuckeyeBites: Crunchy spiced chickpeas

CORP20170100_01_Binge_watching_secondary_blog_additional_v2Try this recipe developed by registered dietitian Mara Weber as a healthier stand-in for chips or other high-calorie munchies.

Chickpeas are low-fat and roasting them provides the crunch you crave, says Weber, who works for Nutrition Services with ICU patients at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital.

Crispy Crunchy Spiced Chickpeas

1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans drained, rinsed, patted dry

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

For the best texture, drying the chickpeas before cooking is crucial! Toss chickpeas in olive oil and spices. Spread coated chickpeas in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Stir halfway through.

Allow to cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container. Consistency should be similar to corn nuts.

Swap out spices to match your mood!CORP20170100_01_Binge_watching_secondary_blog_additional_v1

  • Ranch: parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper
  • Moroccan: cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, garlic powder, ground ginger, paprika
  • Mexican: chili powder, cumin, dried cilantro, grated lime zest
  • Italian: crushed red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder

Healthy chef’s nutrition tip: Chickpeas provide a healthy dose of cholesterol-reducing fiber and protein. As a bonus, curcumin, an antioxidant in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory effects on the body.

Nutritional information:

Makes four servings

Calories: 116

Fat: 5 grams

Protein: 5 grams

Carbs: 16 grams

Fiber: 4 grams

Check out another healthy recipe that Weber created: a beautiful smoothie that helps you get more veggies in your diet.

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