Football season is here and it’s time to pull out all of those munchy, crunchy snack recipes that turn every game into a party. However, party food and still be healthy and delicious. Instead of grabbing that big bag of salt-laden, fried chips, opt for a healthier choice. Garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) to the rescue!
Garbanzo beans are neither a bean nor a pea, but rather a legume. If that’s not already confusing enough, peas, lentils, Lima beans and soybeans are all part of the legume family. However, they are just a few examples. Basically, legumes are plants that have seed pods that split when ripe. They are high in protein, iron, dietary fiber and low in fat.
Used to make hummus and falafel, garbanzo beans are also delicious in salads, soup and roasted as in the following recipe. Once roasted, they become crunchy – the perfect snack for munching while watching the big game with friends and family.
Make these according to the basic recipe or spice them up with any of the variation ideas. Use those as inspiration for your own addictive combinations.
Find canned garbanzo beans at Reasor’s with the canned beans.
Crispy Crunchy Roasted Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)
- 2 (15 oz.) cans garbanzo beans
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400. Have handy a large baking sheet.
- Drain and rinse garbanzo beans. Pour out onto a layer of paper towels and pat dry.
- Transfer to a large bowl. Add olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
- Spread garbanzo beans evenly on baking sheet.
- Roast for 35-45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until golden brown and crunchy.
Flavor Variations: Add any of these combinations to the bowl with garbanzos and olive oil.
Spanish: Add 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika and 1/4 teaspoon cumin.
Mexican: Add 1 teaspoon chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon cumin.
Italian: Add 1 teaspoon dried oregano, ½ teaspoon marjoram and ½ teaspoon fennel seeds.
Chinese: Add ½ teaspoon Five Spice and a pinch of cayenne.
Indian: Add 1 teaspoon garam masala, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon coriander.
Thai: Add ½ teaspoon curry powder, ½ teaspoon coriander, ¼ teaspoon turmeric, pinch of cayenne.
Sweet: Use vegetable oil and add 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar