|Spiced Roasted Chick Peas|
I've recently become enamored with the chick pea. Hummus and salads are delicious staples in our home, but I'm discovering that this versatile ingredient can go much farther. If you dry chick peas and then blend them, it makes chick-pea flour, which can make many things like healthy crackers and crust. There is also a new trend of dessert hummus which involves subbing cocoa or cinnamon and sugar for the savory ingredients like roasted red peppers and garlic. I attempted but failed at a dessert hummus recipe here, but am confident that with more finesse it can work out!
As I write this, my Spiced Roasted Chick Peas are roasting away in the oven, and my apartment is filled with the aromas of cinnamon and other spices. If I close my eyes, the scent takes me to my favorite Moroccan restaurant, gorging on tender cinnamon-spiked marinated beef and loading up warm flat bread with spicy chutneys, hummus, olive oil and soft cheeses. Sigh... Do I have to wake up?
Spiced Roasted Chick Peas
|Canned chick peas, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, cinnamon, garam masala spice mix, turmeric, olive oil.|
|Rinse chick peas thoroughly.|
|Pat dry. (A special thanks to my lil' sis' who gave me these rockin' turquoise bowls for Christmas. Love them!)|
|Add spices and olive oil. The turmeric is such a great color!|
|Toss gently by shaking bowl (I don't recommend using any utensils), this keeps the chick peas from breaking up. Pour onto baking sheet and roast at 450 degrees for 45-50 minutes.|
These Spiced Roasted Chick Peas make a great snack and are way healthier then chips. Store them in an air-tight container or mason jar and reach for them often! Don't be intimidated if you don't have all the right spices for this recipe, I encourage you to try you own favorite combinations. Rosemary, truffle oil and sea salt. Wasabi, soy sauce and sesame seeds. There are lots of fun variations. What would you try?