I try to eat healthy as often as possible (try being the key word here). For me, healthy means, in part, avoid greasy salty carb foods (the best foods in my opinion). The epitome of me falling off the health wagon is french fries, salty, greasy potatoes to comfort me. After a day where I did a lot of cardio at the gym, I would LOVE fresh hot french fries. Roasted chick peas are the closest I can get without feeling disgusting after eating them. These are a super simple snack that can be whipped up anytime, with tons of different seasoning options .
1 can chick peas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or avocado oil, canola oil)
fresh ground black pepper and salt, to taste
(1) Preheat oven to 375.
(2) Place chick peas in a bowl, and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. You can do any herbs you would like here – I’ve used italian seasoning, bbq seasoning, red chili pepper, chile-lime seasoning, and garlic powder for different flavors depending on what I was craving.
(3) Place chick peas on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. As you’ll see in the picture, I like to line with foil for easier clean up (but it is not necessary).
(4) Bake at 375 for 15 minutes until golden brown. While baking, every 5 minutes I take a spatula and move the chick peas around to ensure a more even baking.
(5) Remove from oven and enjoy! They come out tasting like french fries with a crunchy exterior.
These are a slightly better health choice than french fries, so I like to keep a can of chick peas on hand at all times for when cravings strike. Let me know what other flavor seasonings you use!