Spicy Garbanzo Beans & Nuts

By Debbie Jeffery, RDN
Below is a recipe that features 2 of the brain healthy foods on the MIND diet (Garbanzo Beans & Olive Oil). The MIND diet has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

2 15-1/2 ounce cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup shelled raw pistachios or cashews
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

Preheat oven to 400F. Toss beans with next 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Transfer mixture to rimmed baking sheet. Bake until garbanzos are golden and crisp, stirring occasionally with metal spatula, about 20 minutes. Stir nuts and thyme into garbanzo mixture. Bake until beans and nuts are crunchy, about 12 minutes. Transfer mixture to bowl and serve warm.

Perfect Portion: ½ cup
Nutrition Information: Calories 170; Fat 9g (1.5g saturated fat); Sodium 210mg; Carbohydrate 17g; Fiber 3g; Protein 6g