What Are Whole Foods?

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roasted chickpeas

What Are Whole Foods?

Whole foods:  it’s a term everyone’s talking about (and we don’t mean the supermarket chain!).

But what is a whole food?

Think of it as “close to nature.”

Seeing a whole food up close, you can imagine how the food was grown.

For example, when we see a bunch of mustard greens, we think of the plant, with its roots pushed into the soil, and see the farmer snipping off the crisp green leaves at the base of the plant.

The same thing happens when we see a bulk bin of white beans.

We think of the trailing bean vine pushing forth long bean pods in the warm sun, and of the farmer allowing the seeds to mature and dry in the pods before harvesting them.

Recipe of the Day:  Roasted Chickpeas With Spices

Active Preparation Time:  15 minutes

Total Preparation Time:  1 hour 30 minutes (not including soaking time)

Your snacks are a wonderful opportunity to load up on flavorful whole plant foods.

And if you’re looking for an aromatic, exotically spiced, healthy snack option, look no further.

These roasted chickpeas are bursting with addictive flavor and crunch.

Set out a bowl of them as an appetizer at a party, or make a batch to enjoy as snacks throughout the week.

Each serving is packed with 7 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, meaning this snack will help keep you feeling full and satisfied until your next meal.

Makes 12 servings (about 1/2 cup each)

1 pound dried chickpeas

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (see Notes)

3 cardamom pods

1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds

1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 medium lemon

2 medium garlic cloves, minced

Pinch of sea salt, optional

*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.

1.  Place the chickpeas in a large bowl, cover with water, and soak overnight.

2.  Drain the chickpeas and return to the bowl.

3.  Preheat the oven to 375°F.

4.  Place all of the spices in a blender or small food processor.  Process for about 1 minute, until the spices are finely ground.

5.  Add the olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic to the spices and process until the garlic is chopped and all ingredients are well combined.

6.  Add the spice mixture to the chickpeas and toss to coat well.

7.  Spread the chickpeas in a layer on a large baking sheet and place in the oven.  Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes – depending on your own preference for crispness – stirring every 15 minutes.

8.  Serve immediately, sprinkled with sea salt, if desired.

Notes:  You can store the chickpeas in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  These are best served warm – you may reheat briefly in the microwave to freshen them.

If you prefer a spicier snack, increase the amount of crushed red pepper.

Per serving:  161 calories, 5 g total fat (0.5 g saturated), 4 mg sodium, 24 g total carbohydrates (4 g sugar), 7 g fiber, 7 g protein.

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