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Spicy Roasted Chickpea Salad

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FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 480
Protein 22g
Fat 20g
Carbs 48g
Total Time 25 minutes

If you follow me on social media, you know that my second love (to food) is sneakers.  I guess you can call me a sneakerhead.  What inspires me most about sneakers are the colors and the way the designers manipulate and pair them together to create something unique, beautiful and stylish.  Reminds me a lot about food and how everyday we step into the kitchen to make a meal, we have an opportunity to create something magical.  You don’t need to be a professionally trained cook either, you just need to love food and have a respect for the individual elements each food item brings to a dish.

So, I saw these shoes online and immediately became inspired by its brilliant colorway – firetruck red, emerald green and canary yellow…

roasted chickpea salad

So I started playing with my food and created this epic roasted salad…

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Spicy Roasted Chickpea Salad

Ingredients

roasted chickpea salad

Ingredients for 2 large salads:

  • 2 strips bacon, center cut
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs, hard (or medium) boiled, then quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 can (150z) garbanzo, drained
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 large Romain lettuce leaves (stacked to create 4 pieces)
  • pinch of sea salt & pepper
  • 4 tablespoons no oil (or reduced calorie) vinaigrette (substitute: your favorite low calorie vinaigrette)
  • Garnish
    • cilantro
    • cracked pepper
Steps
  1. Set oven to broil.
  2. Place bacon on baking rack or a baking tray.  Sprinkle coconut sugar on the strips, then roast in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes until the outside edges are dark and crispy.  Set aside to cool and harden.
  3. Set a nonstick skillet on low-medium heat.  Once hot, add garlic slices.  Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, continuously stirring, until the garlic becomes slightly brown and becomes “crispy.”
  4. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the garbanzo beans, remembering to continuously stir.   Cook for 2 minutes then add paprika, cayenne, cinnamon and sea salt & pepper.  Stir and gently toss the skillet to mix the chickpeas in the seasonings.  Continue cooking for an addition 4 to 6 minutes, until the outside is well seared.  Set aside.
  5. Place lettuce on a baking sheet or cast iron skillet.  Lightly sprinkle with olive oil, sea salt & pepper.  If needed, rub the oil on the leaves.  Place in the broiler for 6 to 8 minutes until the outside edges of the lettuce are charred.
  6. Remove from the oven, then build your salad.  On a bed of 4 lettuce leaves, add half of the garbanzo, 1 egg (sliced into fourths), your favorite vinaigrette, freshly chopped cilantro and sea salt & pepper.

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Calories
480
Protein
22g
Fat
20g
Carbs
48g
Sodium
Fiber
9g
Sugar
12g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.