Why chickpeas is the coolest food ever

Chickpeas. Boring, small bean-like round things, you might think. But they are so much more. I’m recently finding myself loving those little things more and more.

Firstly, they are pretty healthy. According to this site they are high in protein, can lower cholesterol, keeps you full for longer, and can be used pretty much for everything. What’s not to love?

Almost every day at uni the past week my lunch have consisted of this simple, but awesome, chickpea salad. And it is really very filling – much more than an expensive sandwich from a shop.

You need;

1 can of chickpeas

about 1/3 of a cucumber

8-10 cherry tomatoes (or normal tomatoes)

Feta cheese (amount depends on taste i guess… And how healthy you want it to be).

Chop cucumber and tomatoes finely, add cubes of feta, season with salt and pepper and perhaps any other spice that you like – I personally think a bit of turmeric (which is also very good for you) fits in quite well. And voila! Lunch! Couldn’t be easier, and it is really very tasty. 

Another use i’ve recently tried out, is making them into a healthy snack. It was a complete experiement, but turned out rather well. Even my boyfriend liked them despite being quite the crisp/peanut lover, so success!

You need;

1 can of chickpeas

2 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil

1/2 table spoon of pepper

1/2 table spoon of salt

1 table spoon of sugar

1 table spoon of hot chili powder (if you’re brave)

Mix it all together and bake on the highest level for 20-25 minutes. I’m sure this would work with some other combination of spices too.

They are hot, but not overwhelmingly. Can definitely recommend you to try this as an alternative to nuts and crisps. I’ll be making them again, that’s for sure.

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