Garlic Parmesan & Rosemary Oven Roasted Chickpeas

April 18, 2016

This oven roasted chickpea recipe will change your life!

I have quite terrible will-power when it comes to food. It’s the kind of will power that causes me to eat 5 donuts in one sitting, or an entire American dinner-sized pasta portion for lunch. Bread? Don’t even get me started? Cheese AND bread? Done.

When Greg and I first started dating, I gained 30 pounds due to this. Yes, you read that correctly. THIRTY pounds. When I look back at photos I can’t believe it either. 

I had always been able to eat whatever I wanted to my entire life, and never worry about my weight, but when Greg and I got together, we spent many a nights at the ultra fancy Olive Garden, and the pre-made cake section of the grocery store.  

When I could no longer fit in my pants comfortably, I knew I needed to make a change – and completely changed the way we were living. I started exercising and watching what I ate (no more mushroom steaks & potatoes for us). I became an advocate for Paleo eating, and yes, even joined a cult: CrossFit. ;) 

I loved it because I saw results fast, and the workouts were only 20 minutes long. It was glorious. After a year of hard work, I was back to my high school weight, and have sat right around there for the past few years.

Since moving up to the ranch, I don’t exercise the way I used to. I am a high school coach, and do conditioning with my girls, but I am no where near as dedicated as I used to be. So, I have to be very conscious about what I eat.   

I like to eat a very balanced diet, but allow myself to eat the damn cheese if I really want it. I have fallen comfortably into the non-deprivation, healthy eating lifestyle. Every now and then I will serve pasta for dinner, or go out to eat at one of the few restaurants in town, but for the most part we eat a ‘Primal’ diet (mostly because I can’t stand the thought of life without cheese). 

These chickpeas are my go-to recipe for when I’m feeling like I need something starchy, but don’t want to cave into the pasta craving. They are perfectly crunchy, salty, and delicious! I will often just have these for dinner, and call it Meatless Monday (even if it’s Thursday). Chickpeas are packed with protein, but do come with a high calorie content (just like Almond Butter, my one true love), so think of these as a meal rather than a snack if you’re being mindful about calorie intake. 

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Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesean Chickpeas

Oven Roasted Garlic Parmesean Chickpeas

Perfectly Crunchy Chickpeas make for the perfect side dish or appetizer!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan
  • Salt, garlic & onion powder to taste
  • Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚ F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and toss to coat the beans thoroughly. Spread evenly on a cookie sheet, and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, checking on them regularly. 
  3. Once they are crispy, and look like they are right on the edge of "crispy" and "burnt", take them out. Scrape them into a bowl, sprinkle with fresh sea salt and a dash of Parmesan, and fall in love. 

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  1. Yummy! I love roasted chickpeas and especially love your combination of garlic, parmesan and rosemary – the most divine flavor trio!

  2. Oh man, these sound delicious!! I love chickpeas and I can only imagine how amazing they’d be roasted with some parmesan & rosemary. Yum!

  3. These sound SO insanely good. I’m always looking for delicious, yet healthy, food to make because although I can currently eat whatever and be at the same weight, I know it’s not going to last forever so I’d rather try to change my habits now.