As I hit finals season, closing out my sophomore year at University of Southern California, I find myself in a state of constant stressing and studying. When stuck in a black hole of PR projects and film notes, I turn to making study snacks (and also Hulu--The Mindy Project, anyone?!?).
I discovered this recipe for Garlic Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas over the summer, thanks to Pinterest, and have altered it since to my own liking. I want to give a shout out to chickpeas/garbanzo beans/whatever you want to call them, because they're probably my favorite snack in the whole world. Not to mention they are SO GOOD FOR YOU!
Here's some quick facts about chickpeas:
- These little guys are super rich in fiber, and will help with weight loss - they keep you fuller longer!
- If you're a vegetarian (like me!), they're a great source of protein
- They contain iron and manganese, awesome energy boosters
- They lower bad kinds of cholesterol
- Ladies!! They lower our risk for breast cancer!
So basically, you should just eat chickpeas all the time...
Let's get down to the cooking, shall we?
The most important thing when starting a cooking adventure is to choose the perfect playlist. Experimenting in the kitchen is so much more fun when you can dance around to your favorite tunes. When making this particular batch, I was all about Louis the Child and AURORA.
Here's what you'll need:
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Drain and rinse your chickpeas. You'll find that the inside of a chickpea can smells horrible, so be sure to give them a good rinsing.
3. Transfer to a bowl, and coat with 2TBSP of EVOO, salt and pepper. This should be enough to coat the beans, but feel free to use more if you need it. Everything about this recipe is super customizable, and should be done to your taste! The important thing is to coat the beans well enough that all the seasonings stick.
4. Season with garlic granules, and parmesan cheese. Start with 1TSP of garlic, and 4TBSP of parmesan cheese. Stir until everything is coated. You can go ahead and taste one to see what else it needs--they'll be super mushy at this point, but should be flavorful! Add more seasoning as needed.
5. Pour beans onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for 35 minutes. Spread the chickpeas as evenly as you can, and make sure there aren't any stacked on top of each other. Put those bad boys in the oven for 35, and flip the tray around after 20.
Yes, they taste as good as they look.