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Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas are my new favorite snack. They take virtually no time to prepare and are so healthy. My daughter even loves them! They are great to put out for a crowd in place of nuts, or even as a salad topping. The possibilities are endless!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 5 min; Cook Time – 35 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cans of chickpeas

2 T. Olive Oil

1 1/2 T. Original Slavo Salt

1 tsp. garlic powder

Preparing Roasted Chickpeas:

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees. Drain and rinse chickpeas and pat dry. Place in mixing bowl. Add olive oil, Slavo Salt, and garlic powder. Mix well. Place on baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes. Stir and cook for additional 15 minutes. 

Roasted Chickpeas

Variations:

If you want to add a little more kick or heat, sprinkle in some cayenne pepper. We have also come up with our own McNack’s Six-C Spice Blend© that is awesome too!!

Middle Eastern Salad

Middle Eastern Salad

As I mentioned in a very early post, I am half Middle Eastern. I am sure that is why I love garbanzo beans, feta cheese, olives, tomatoes and such. As many of you who frequent the mall food court know, Hovan makes a great side salad. Many years ago, I tried to recreate it and didn’t do a bad job at it if I do say so myself! It’s very easy to make it your own and add more or less of certain ingredients depending on your tastes.

Level of Difficulty:Easy
Time Required:Prep Time – 15 minutes. Chill time: At least 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Salad (these are ideas, use them all or just some):

Roma Tomatoes, Diced
Feta Cheese, Crumbled
Small or mini cucumbers, quartered
Parsley, chopped
Fresh mint, chopped
Red onion, sliced
Chick peas, drained
Kalamata Olives, drained
Pepperoncini

For the Dressing:

Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 T. Olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 T. Dijon Mustard
1 tsp. dried oregano

Preparing Middle Eastern Salad:

For the salad: Combine desired quantities of chosen ingredients together in large mixing bowl.

For the dressing: Combine all ingredients together in bowl and whisk together.

Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Middle Eastern Salad

Important Tips:

Most of the time, we will suggest adding “salt and pepper to taste”. However, with this dish, you need to remember that feta cheese and Kalamata olives are quite salty. If you want to add salt, do so after all of the flavors have blended together for at least 30 minutes. Otherwise, you might ruin the dish.

Variations:

You can certainly eat this as a side dish by itself. I chose to put it in some radicchio for lunch one day to make it more of a “lettuce based salad”. You can also add a piece of grilled chicken to it and some nicely crisp green lettuce if you like. You really can’t go wrong. Make it your own!

Middle Eastern Salad