Frugal Healthy Recipe: Roasted Salty Sweet Chick Peas

By Marissa Bognanno, The Frugal Diet contributing Chef, Zumba Instructor, & Author of "The Boot" Blog

What could be better than a snack item that is actually good for you? (Don’t answer that. Because though fibrous and healthy things are delightful, what I really want are Cheez-Its. But pretend I didn’t say that.) Chick peas, people! They’re the new thing! Roast them up and they get all crispety-crunchety. You can put them on salad, eat them with friends over beers, snack on them while you watch period films - the possibilities are so tempting! 

Roasted Salty Sweet Chick Peas
1 can pre-cooked chick peas 
1 tbs olive oil
1 tbs honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pepper (red, white, black, it's up to you!)
1/4 tsp salt
sprinkling granulated sugar

Give the chick peas a good rinse and put in a bowl. Spoon the oil on top and then the honey (Use the same tablespoon and the honey just slides right off - a cooking tip that I love!) Sprinkle on the rest of the spices and pour onto a baking sheet covered with wax paper. (It helps them crunch up more). Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until shriveled looking. 

Modifications: Maybe you're not a salty-sweet kind of person? Substitute the sugar and honey for a tad more salt and spice. Or if you want all sweet, omit the salt and add more cinnamon and sugar! 

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