February 2, 2012

A Healthy, Easy Superbowl Snack: Fajita-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

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Superbowl Sunday is coming up here in the USA and we're planning on hosting a raucous party in our 700  sq ft apartment. The most important part of a superbowl party is beer and food, but it's easy to go overboard and eat a lot of unhealthy stuff. To counter this, last week we presented you with a no-mayo spinach artichoke dip that will blow your mind. Today, we bring you a healthy, tasty, zesty snack that's incredibly easy to make.

These chickpeas are lightly seasoned with a blend of spices that will give it a slightly tex-mex-esque flavor. Then, they're roasted for 30 - 45 minutes at high heat until they get nice and crispy. The result is a tasty little snack that's great to munch on, is just as flavorful as a bag of potato chips, and much, much healthier.

Making the Snack
What You'll Need
Two cans of chickpeas, rinsed, with excess skins peeled off
1 tbsp olive oil

For the spice blend
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp chile powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder

After rinsing the chickpeas, let then rest on paper towel, dabbing off excess water, and let air dry for about 15 minutes. While resting, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Mix the spices together in a small bowl. Then, place the chickpeas in a mixing bowl, drizzle on the olive oil, and throw in the spices. Mix together until the spices are evenly distributed.

Lay the chickpeas down into a baking dish in one layer. Place the baking dish in the oven. Roast the chickpeas for 20 minutes. Then, using a spoon, turn the chickpeas over. Cook for another 20 or so minutes, until the chickpeas are very dry but not burnt.

Remove the chickpeas from the baking dish after they've completed cooking, and hand out to your friends to enjoy!

The finished fajita roasted chickpeas
The Result
These little snack bites are crispy, crunchy, very flavorful, and super healthy. They are incredibly easy to make, and will be a party favorite. Serve them up this Superbowl Sunday and delight your guests!

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  1. these look good, they would indeed make a great healthy snack for superbowl sunday!!
    i wonder how it works with chick peas that are not from a can. mine are dry. any ideas on that? i'm assuming i'd start with roasting them. or should i soak them in water first?

    1. Hey Simona - great question! I was wondering about this as well. You DO have to soak them first, according to the normal instructions. Otherwise you'll end up eating rock hard chickpeas :) The soaking helps to lower the density of the beans prior to roasting.

  2. great idea for superbowl!Thanks ;)

  3. I tried these and I have to say they got pretty burnt. I even turned down the heat little and reduced the time to 30 minutes total when I saw how brown they were getting. Maybe it's just my oven, but next time I would reduce the heat and/or time from the start and keep a closer eye on them. They would have tasted great if they weren't overdone though :)


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