Jeff went away on a business trip and came home to a wife crazy for chickpeas. I don’t know what got into me, but I went from being totally grossed out by the thought of them to consuming them by the fistful! I used to pick chickpeas out of salads and turn my head at hummus, but something changed and now I can’t get enough of them. I think initially I was so turned off by them because the word “chickpeas” sounded off putting and funny. Saying it used to make me giggle. “Garbanzo beans” isn’t much better either.
What got me into my latest obsession was that within days of each other, two of the blogs I read posted recipes for roasted chickpeas. I never thought to bake them but I discovered that I like them like that. Roasting the chickpeas changes them from mushy to crunchy and they end up tasting sort of like corn nuts. Yumm!!
A few days later, my friend Esther posted a similar recipe for curried chickpeas which I had to try:
*chickpeas are placed in the raku dishes I got in Japan last month!
Both recipes were great! Chickpeas are packed with protein and fiber and low in fat so they are a healthy alternative from my usual junky snacks!