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Crispy, crunchy, inexpensive, and unconventional, these chickpeas are packed with protein and make for a flavorful side dish, a tasty alternative to snack-time chips, or a vibrant addition to a salad. Krysta, Recipe Hunter

Krysta Voskowsky

THE RECIPE

Lemon Zest Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas: A plant-based power protein for pennies

Who knew the tiny chickpea had so much culinary potential? Mild in flavor with a unique texture, these little guys are high in both fiber and protein, not to mention superbly versatile. A departure from the typical soft hummus or falafel formation, Shira’s dish is a crispy, tangy take on chickpeas that will blow your mind. Quick to cook up and easy to eat, these roasted chickpeas take on a citrusy, crunchy personality with the kick of savory spices. These nutritious crowd pleasers are inexpensive and a make a perfect side dish, a great alternative to a handful of high-fat nuts or potato chips, or an exciting toss-in for a more substantial salad.

THE CHEF

Shira McDermott from In Pursuit of More

As a food lover, I believe eating well should be accessible to all, and that eating healthfully needn’t be overly expensive or complicated. By using seasonal, plant-based ingredients, my aim is to inspire people to cook and eat well & always with a healthy dose of gratitude.

Shira is a food blogger and professional writer who rocks a million-dollar smile and a passion for eating well. On her blog, In Pursuit of More, she shares uncomplicated recipes that make healthful living a cinch, without a single boring dish in the bunch. Shira follows the philosophy that nutritious food can be accessible to everyone, and doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. She believes food brings people together, and the well-lived life is always full of flavor. A lifelong vegetarian, she loves gardening, running, and hanging out with her two fabulous kids (and soul-mate husband) at their home in Vancouver, BC. Shira is inspired by dreams of roaming the countryside, enjoying everything in life with gratitude, and lots and lots of love.

Head over to In Pursuit of More and say hello to Shira on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

THE TIP

How to Quick Soak Dried Beans in 1 Hour

Dried beans are one of our favorite, budget-friendly foods but they typically need to be soaked overnight. Here's how to "quick-soak" them in 1 hour!

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