Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Saving Money in Finland: Roast Your Chickpeas!

Let's be honest, most "snack foods" sold at the shop are really expensive. Even worse, they're really unhealthy. Loaded with added salt, sugars, and other...stuff, snacks like crisps and the like are an unideal choice when trying to find a budget-friendly snack. While other bloggers may suggest you to try carrot "fries", kale chips, or any number of other vegetable-based snack options, I'm going to, as they say, "keep it real". I know kale chips cater to a certain demographic, but that demographic is still quite niche. So, what's my general-purpose, readily available in Finland solution to snacking healthily on a budget?

Garlic-roasted chickpeas and cauliflower


CHICKPEAS! CHICKPEAS EVERYWHERE!

Chickpeas, kikherne in Finnish,  cost between €0.70 and €1 per package, take about 25 minutes to roast in the oven, and can be seasoned to satify both salty and sweet cravings. Furthermore, they're an excellent source of protein, and can also be thrown into salads and other dishes if you're too broke to afford a meat protein.

Here are some of my favorite ways to season roasted chickpeas:
Olive oil and garlic powder
Honey
Olive oil, chili powder, and a touch of cayenne
Olive oil and dried basil
Maple syurp

None of these seasoning ideas require salt. Just make sure to season before roasting in the oven at 200 degrees for about 25 minutes.

I like to add the olive oil and garlic roasted chickpeas to burritos, and the maple syrup roasted chickpeas are wonderful when I want a little sweet treat.

Let em know in the comments below how this works out for you!

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