Saturday, April 19, 2008

Recipe: Crunchy/Cheesy Chick Peas

We're going to start out with a recipe from my website... If you click that link, there are lots of protein snack recipes on that page! There are like 14 different protein ball recipes too!

Crunchy Chick Peas


1 can chick peas

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp oregano


Drain chick peas, rinse, and shake excess water out.

In a bowl, mix chick peas, olive oil, oregano, and salt.

Spread on a baking pan/cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour.

Then, we're going to think about what ELSE we can do with it! In my email files, I saved another crunchy chip pea recipe that was passed along on a YahooGroup I am on. That one was submitted by Bush's Beans to a recipe collection site. It looks like this:

Bush's Crunchy Garbanzo Beans


2 tablespoons olive oil
2 (15 ounce) cans BUSH'S Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Rinse the beans in a colander, drain and dry well with a paper towel.
  3. Add the oil, salt and pepper to the beans and toss evenly to coat.
  4. Spread beans in an even layer on the baking sheet, and place in preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes, until crunchy, stirring and shaking the pan midway through baking.
  5. Sprinkle the rosemary evenly over the beans, and continue to cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until beans are crunchy. Some will be slightly soft in the center. Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the beans to a serving bowl. Sprinkle the cheese over the beans, and stir to evenly distribute the cheese.
SO, what else could we do with these lovely little beans??? Are there other spices that would be good on them? What about other cheeses that would be good to stir in? No matter what you do to tweak them, these sound like great snacking recipes!


Pam said...

Rachel Ray makes these often on her show 30-Minute Meals. She does them on the stovetop in a large frying pan and just lets them cook dry for a while. she usually sprinkles them with something spicy like cajun seasoning or red pepper flakes.

Might need to try the version with the parm cheese. Sounds yummy!


Lea in WV said...

They sound totally yummy with the cheese addition! I haven't tried it yet, but have the peas on hand to do so now. I haven't seen RR do these yet, but don't get to catch her show very often either!

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