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My Nutritarian Diary: Roasted South African Smoked Chickpeas


If you are looking for a healthy and low-fat snack food to add to your weekend football-cheering festivities, I have the recipe for you: Roasted South African Smoked Chickpeas! And truly it’s easier to make than it is to find South Africa on the map. OK, maybe just as easy.

They are similar to Corn Nuts, but without the fat. Not only that, they are packed with nutrition in the form of high amounts of fiber and protein. They are perfect as a snack or as a salad topping.

This is a great nutritarian recipe to start My Nutritarian Diary—a blog about my nutritious and plant-based eating discoveries in the kitchen.

So, glad you stopped by. So, let’s get started, shall we?

Roasted South African Smoked Chickpeas
(5 minutes to prepare / 30-60 minutes cooking time, depending desired crunch)

3 15-ounce cans of chickpeas/garbanzo beans, rinsed and dried*
1TBSP Trader Joes South African Smoke Seasoning Blend
Sea salt to taste
Olive oil spray
Parchment paper
Large cookie sheet

*I did not dry my canned chickpeas, which increased the cooking time significantly.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Chickpeas Ingredients Close-Up (2)

Put your chickpeas in a mixing bowl and spray them lightly with an olive oil spray. (You can buy this spray in any supermarket in the oil section where they sell Pam.)

After a light coating of olive oil is on the chickpeas, season them to taste. I put about 1 TBSP of the South African smoke seasoning onto mine and about ¼ tsp of sea salt. Make sure the seasoning(s) evenly coat the chickpeas.

Seasoned Chickpeas Before Close-Up

Place the seasoned chickpeas in one layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (3 cans of chickpeas filled my large cookie sheet).

Put in oven for about 30-40 minutes depending on your desired crunch (flipping the chickpeas halfway through this cooking time). If, at the end of 40 minutes, the chickpeas are still not at your desired crunch, take them out of the oven to cool completely. After they are completely cooled, put them back in a 400 degree oven for 5-10 minute increments until you arrive at your desired crunch level.

Seasoned Chickpeas After Pic

And when they’re done, you have a yummy and healthy snack on hand for watching the game!


By: Cassandra Benefield


Football Favorites: Bacon Double Cheeseburger Dip


We are only weeks away from the BIG GAME!  That’s right, the holiday that requires just about as much baking as Thanksgiving…it’s Superbowl time!  FOX 28 has got your back!  We will be sharing several recipes each week to help you gear up for this huge day of eating, entertaining, and (hopefully) cheering while the Seahawks win by a landslide!

The first on our list of game-day goodies is a favorite at all of my parties, Bacon Cheeseburger Dip! Check out the instructions below, and if you try it out, let us know how it worked in the comments under this post!

Hey, do you have any great football-worthy recipes? Send them to us on our Facebook or send me an email @ natalya.lainhart@kayutv.com

Prep Time: 15 mins ~ Cook Time: 30 mins ~ Total Time: 45 mins

  • ½ pound ground beef
  • 6 strips bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1+ clove garlic, chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup mozzarella, shredded
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoon ketchup
  1. Cook the ground beef in a pan over medium heat, set it aside and drain the grease from the pan. Cook the bacon in the pan until crispy, about 6-10 minutes, set aside and drain all but a tablespoon of the grease.
  2. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about a minute. Mix the ground beef, bacon, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, mozzarella, cheddar, worcestershire sauce and ketchup and pour it into a baking dish. *it can be set aside at this point in the refrigerator with a lid on it – to cook a chilled dish, either take out to bring to room temperature or put baking dish in the oven while the oven pre-heats
  3. Bake in a preheated 350F oven until the top starts turning a light golden brown and then sides are bubbling, about 20-30 minutes. You could top with some lettuce and tomatoes. Serve with slices of bread, pita chips, celery, or lettuce – whatever you would like for dipping.