Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Provencal Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas are simple to make.  They can be a crunchy appetizer nibble or a tasty and nutritious addition to a meal.

The roasting time will determine the softness or crispiness of your chickpeas.  For seasoning, I chose herbes de Provence since the warm flavors complement any other menu items, and quite frankly, I have a huge supply.  Any other spice or herb blend - Italian, Mexican, etc. - will work just fine.

Roasted Provencal Chickpeas

1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt, as desired

In small bowl, stir together garbanzo beans, oil, and herbs.  Add salt, using higher amount if making crispy appetizer-type chickpeas.  Set aside for at least 1/2 hour for flavor to absorb into beans.

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Coat baking sheet with olive oil spray.  Spread beans evenly on baking sheet in single layer.  Roast in oven for minimum of 20 minutes.  For crispier texture, continue roasting for up to 35 minutes.  Makes a little more than one cup for a total of 8 points plus and 425 calories.

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