For those who don’t know me, I am a huge meal prepper. On Sunday’s I will do my food list, food shop and food prep as routine. When I am planning my snacks I try to make sure I have high protein foods to make sure that a) I am hitting my protein intake and b) protein fills me up so I get hungry a lot slower.
Pulses are a great source of protein as well as being great for the body. Not only do chickpeas have a lot of protein in them, they are also high in fibre which helps which helps control your blood sugar levels, this lets the sugar slowly move from the digestive tract into the bloodstream, therefore having less of a sugar spike. This in turn results in a decrease of a fatigue due to the decreased sugar spike. Chickpeas are also high in magnesium and folate which is essential for bone development, wound healing and brain cell communication, new cell growth, respectively.
I covered my chickpeas in chilli, garlic and tumeric not only because I love the flavour that the three give, but also because of their health benefits on the body. Tumeric is a super strong natural anti-inflammatory. Chilli has natural anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. It has also been found to reduced the bad cholesterol levels in the obese. Finally, garlic. Garlic contains a high sulfur compound called allicin which has potent medicinal characteristics. It’s not also incredibly tasty but actually can combat the common cold more effectively than you think (a daily supplementation of garlic can reduce the average 5 day cold to 1.5 days!).
Now to the recipe itself. It is so incredibly simple. All you need to do is whack it all in a roasting tin, bang it in the oven and then just give it a stir through every 10mins or so. I tend to make enough so I can have a snack everyday for the week so I found using 400g of chick peas was enough for this.
2-3 finely chopped garlic cloves
1-2 finely cut chillies (depending on preference of spice)
2-3 tsp of tumeric
1 tsp of coconut or olive oil
- Pre-heat the oven to 180degrees
- Drain and rinse the chickpeas and place in the roasting tin
- Add the garlic, chillies and tumeric to the chickpeas and mix through thoroughly
- Place into the oven for 40-50minutes, stirring every 10minutes
- The chickpeas will be done when they are soft in the middle and slightly crunchy on the outside, they will shrink a fair amount!
- Once they are done, I found that this made enough for 6 portions
Super easy, super healthy and incredibly good for the body! Enjoy!