Roast Chickpeas with Vegetables

This is such a straightforward idea – but oh were these roasted chickpeas and vegetables well received! Seriously, when your guests are picking them off the baking tray before they even get to the table – you know you’re on to a winner! 😀

I almost put these in the ‘back to basics’ series as they don’t really need a recipe, but as roasted vegetables are already there, and I was asked how I made these chickpeas, I decided they were worthy of a recipe! 🙂

 

 

You can of course use any vegetables, but I chose red, yellow & green peppers, courgettes, aubergines and onions. YUMMY! 😀

I also did something I’ve never done before and it worked perfectly! I had cooked a loaf of bread with a tray of water in the bottom of the oven for steam and I left this in there when cooking the chickpeas. This resulted in lovely soft chickpeas, plump and full of flavour, without them drying out and going crunchy! I would fully recommend doing this – although of course you don’t have to! 😛

We ate these with rice, but they are great added to soup, or just eaten on their own! 🙂

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Roasted Chickpeas with Vegetables

Plump juicy chickpeas and roasted vegetables in flavoursome spices!

Course Main Course
Keyword chickpeas
Created by: Laurena @LifeDietHealth

Gather

  • 1 small aubergine chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/2 medium courgette sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper sliced
  • 1/2 green pepper sliced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper sliced
  • oil of choice (we used coconut)
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper
  • 2 tins chickpeas drained (keep the liquid for something else!)
  • 1 teaspoon cajun spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • a pinch of red chilli flakes

Prepare

  1. Put all the vegetables onto a baking tray, drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then massage it all together (yes, dirty fingers)! Spread all the vegetables out so they are in a single layer and roast on a medium heat for 10-20 minutes (they should be just changing colour, not cooked completely).

  2. Loosen the vegetables if necessary, then add the chickpeas. Sprinkle over the cajun, garlic, paprika, chilli and a bit of extra salt and pepper. Gently stir to combine and return to the oven. (At this point if you wish you can place a tin in the oven and fill with boiling water to create steam). 

  3. Cook for a further 10-20 minutes on a medium heat until the vegetables are starting to brown. Transfer to a bowl and serve!

  4. Enjoy!

Tips & Storage

  • use any vegetables you like - try mushrooms, beetroot, carrots, red onion or even beans, broccoli and cauliflower (adjust cooking times).
  • Add a bit more chilli flakes if you like it spicier - or try adding a fresh chopped chilli.
  • Try adding a spoonful into a soup.
  • Serve over rice or eat with flatbread.
  • Store refrigerated for up to three days (reheat or eat cold).

3 Comments

  • Eva Gallon 17th Oct 2018 at 15:00

    Hi Laurena, yay, another post from you☺ Can’t go wrong with roasted veg and chickpeas (can you believe I never used to like them?). I do like mine crunchy though😀You may think this is weird but I love roasting grapes and adding these to various savoury as well as sweet dishes (got this idea from In a Garten of Barefoot Contessa fame). I came back with a suitcase full of tahini, halva, sesame seed breadsticks, bulghur wheat and ‘cracked wheat and dried milk soup’- do you know what I’m on about?? Have fun with the shortbread recipe lol. By the way, I would choose the sweet and seasonal option but it doesn’t matter😃

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    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth
      Laurena@LifeDietHealth 17th Oct 2018 at 17:02

      🙂 Thanks Eva! Yes, we like chickpeas crunchy too, but we wanted something easier for everyone to enjoy! GRAPES… ROASTED?! Hmmm, not sure if I want to try that or not! I’ll think on that one! 😛 Cracked wheat and dried milk soup? Is that Greek? goats milk? I hope you remembered to get tea as well! 😛 😀 Sweet and seasonal… I can do that! Although it will be pumpkin and apple before mincemeat and chocolate! 😀 x

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      • Eva Gallon 17th Oct 2018 at 17:18

        Give roasted grapes a chance😄Pumpkin and/or apple shortbread sounds good to me! I’m not entirely sure if the cracked wheat soup is Greek but I definitely know it’s from Cyprus lol (you’re supposed to eat it with small cubes of halloumi which I still do😯- I like to think the sheep or cows aren’t being intensively reared but maybe I’m naive. Oh yes, the large stash of tea was in the other suitcase! x

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