Smokey Spiced Paprika Chickpeas

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I got home later than usual the other evening and so my “go-to” quick tea of Spicy Wedges with Salad and Eggs was out of the question. I/we just couldn’t wait an hour for wedges to cook. We had all had sandwiches for lunch that day so pasta was out of the question. I try and stick to my rule of only one wheat based meal per day at the most.

So this little recipe/idea was what popped into my mind. It was quick and satisfying. Super easy and really affordable. Ticks all the Health Conscious Scrooge boxes, and went down really well with some Crumbed Schnitzel and a big pile of vegetables with some pickles on the side.

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For Matt, Macey and myself (three chickpea loving people) I used 2 tins of chickpeas and that was plenty for tea and enough for the wee guy for lunch at preschool the next day. So here is what I did…

2 Tins Chickpeas
1 TBSP Butter (coconut oil would work if you want a dairy-free option)
2 TBSP Olive Oil
4 cloves garlic – finely chopped
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 lemon- juice and zest
small handful fresh rosemary
salt and pepper

Melt the butter and olive oil in a pan over moderate/high heat. Saute the garlic and ginger for about a minute and add in the chickpeas. Stir everything well to coat the chickpeas with oil/butter/garlic etc. Sprinkle over the paprika, lemon, rosemary and salt and pepper. Continue to cook for a few more minutes until the chickpeas start popping and frying. Check the seasoning and serve up with whatever tickles your fancy.

Happy Scrooging Days and a brilliant way to add, fibre, bulk, protein and nutrients to your meal. Chickpeas or Garbanzo beans are excellent for helping to balance blood sugar levels, avoid insulin spikes and the fibre is great for bowel health (something no-one wants to know about but statistics say we, especially  here in New Zealand, need to start taking seriously) Dig in!

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