It seems like one of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that being healthy takes too much time. Most people are busy with school, work, taking care of their kids and pets with barely enough time to get all that done, never mind taking any extra time to take care of themselves! In an environment like this healthy eating takes the backseat, especially if you feel as though you have to spend hours in the kitchen to make a good meal. Here’s where I come in!! I am going to do a series of healthy Simple Snacks that you can make with very little prep time and taste absolutely delicious. The first in the series is Roasted Chickpeas. These are great because they are so versatile, you can eat them plain, throw them in a soup or on a salad, and on top of that you can even season them any way you like! Oh and did I mention…they only take about 5 minutes to prep plus they are VEGAN, gluten, dairy, soy, corn and wheat free!
You will need…
2 cans chickpeas (or more!)
1/4c olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp cayenne pepper
First things first, preheat the oven to 350. Then you want to open your cans of chickpeas and put them in a strainer, make sure to rinse them really well. After rinsing them off lay them out on paper towels and dry them off, the dryer they are the crunchier they get! You will start to notice their little shells coming off, just pick them out and toss them. Don’t worry if you don’t get them all!
Next you want to put them all in a big bowl with the olive oil and seasonings. Feel free to add more or less or switch it up completely! Some other great options are using sesame or coconut oil instead of olive oil. Use Cumin, Coriander and Garlic powder for an Indian flavor. Toss with fresh minced garlic and parsley for an Italian style batch. There are no limitations on what you can use, just make sure you get all your oil and seasonings mixed in there really well. Then put them on a flat baking sheet and pop them in the oven for 30 mins et voilà, time to start snacking!
Keep checking back every Friday for a new Simple Snack post!!