These are the side dishes you’ll make the most in the least amount of time

 

Are you a salty snacker? I am. I can skip cookies and cake, but I crave salt. Always. So finding healthy snacks where the nutrition packs a salty punch is always on my mind. Roasted chickpeas really are a great option – and they work really well in a salad, too!

Have you ever seen the ginormous can of chickpeas you can get at Costco? It holds the same amount as approximately 7 regular sized cans, but costs less than what three regular cans would cost. So one Friday, when I bought a giant Costco monster can, my kids and I decided to split them up and do a seasoning taste test.

First, the basics: Preheat your oven to 450ºF. Drain and rinse your chickpeas. Pat them dry with paper towels and spread them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss with the seasoning of your choice. Bake for 30-40 minutes until crunchy.

So, back to the seasonings. We tried four different combinations. They all had salt. Duh.

Two-Ingredient Side Dishes: Roasted Chickpeas. These are the side dishes you’ll make the most in the least amount of time

  1. Smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper.
  2. Zaatar and garlic powder.
  3. Italian seasoning, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.
  4. Garlic powder.

Verdict: The most popular was the first one. Good flavor and a spicy kick. I loved the za’atar one, too, for a more complex flavor. The others were eh. Since then we’ve also tried simply using Montreal Steak Seasoning and we love that one, too. So go ahead and experiment with the flavors you love. Get that salt fix, protein, and a crunchy snack all in one.

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Esti Waldman

Esti is the camera behind the beautiful editorial pages of popular magazines and today’s most successful commercial ad campaigns for food and fashion brands. She’s also a popular family photographer and is a super creative mom with a knack for pulling together adorable outfits and amazing parties. Follow her on Instagram @estiphotography

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