Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas and Broccoli

Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas and Broccoli – Fast, EASY, healthy, and keeps you full and satisfied!! Vegan and gluten-free doesn’t have to be boring! Perfect lunch, hearty side, or meatless main! You’re going to LOVE the cheesy touch!!

Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas and Broccoli - Fast, EASY, healthy, and keeps you full and satisfied!! Vegan and gluten-free doesn't have to be boring! Perfect lunch, hearty side, or meatless main! You're going to LOVE the cheesy touch!!

This is my kind of food. Honestly this is what I eat day in and day out and I never tire of it.

I won’t lie and say that I eat pasta and bread and brownies every day. Sounds fun but I like to fit into my clothes. Hence this is how I am satisfied but still fitting into my pants.

If you’re looking for a fast, easy, and healthy way to eat vegan and gluten-free AND for it to taste great and keep you full and satisfied, this is the recipe for you. <— Did you catch all that because those are some major perks.

Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas and Broccoli - Fast, EASY, healthy, and keeps you full and satisfied!! Vegan and gluten-free doesn't have to be boring! Perfect lunch, hearty side, or meatless main! You're going to LOVE the cheesy touch!!

This is a great quickie lunch recipe, meatless main, or hearty side dish you’re going to love.

Let’s get one thing cleared up about the recipe right off the bat. There is no actual cheese involved. Instead I used nutritional yeast. It used to be an elusive product but now you can find it everywhere from Trader Joe’s to Whole Foods or Amazon (my personal fave).

It’s what vegans like to tell you tastes like cheese and lends a cheesy flavoring to soups, stews, kale chips (2009 vintage recipe when I was 100% vegan), roasted vegetables, and the like.

Does it taste like cheese? It has the savory, unami quality but the texture is totally different. You cannot compare a hunk of aged cheddar or a soft and tender piece of brie with nutritional yeast flakes. But if you are vegan, like I was for many years, it’s pretty awesome and it’s packed with a ton of B vitamins, protein, and fiber.

Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas and Broccoli - Fast, EASY, healthy, and keeps you full and satisfied!! Vegan and gluten-free doesn't have to be boring! Perfect lunch, hearty side, or meatless main! You're going to LOVE the cheesy touch!!

Lightly charred broccoli and crisp-tender sugar snap peas with chickpeas that are firmer on the outside and tender on the inside, yes please.

There are lots of recipes for baked chickpeas that are touted as ‘cripsy’. I don’t find that baked chickpeas are every truly crispy because they’re not fried. However if you let them cool for about 15 minutes before diving in, they do crisp up more and are somewhat crunchy. And they are coated in ‘cheese’. My favorite.

Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas and Broccoli - Fast, EASY, healthy, and keeps you full and satisfied!! Vegan and gluten-free doesn't have to be boring! Perfect lunch, hearty side, or meatless main! You're going to LOVE the cheesy touch!!

Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas and Broccoli

Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas and Broccoli – Fast, EASY, healthy, and keeps you full and satisfied!! Vegan and gluten-free doesn’t have to be boring! Perfect lunch, hearty side, or meatless main! You’re going to LOVE the cheesy touch!!

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Ingredients:

  • one 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed, and patted dry (I use no salt added or low salt versions)
  • olive oil cooking spray (or a tiny bit of olive oil may be substituted)
  • 3 to 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 to 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • fresh parsley, optional for garnishing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a sheet pan with foil for easier cleanup.
  2. To the sheet pan add the chickpeas, lightly spray them with cooking spray, and bake for about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the sheet pan from the oven, add the broccoli, sugar snap peas, evenly drizzle everything with olive oil, evenly sprinkle the nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and toss with your hands to coat evenly.
  4. Bake for an about 10 minutes, or until broccoli is as done as desired; I prefer mine more crisp-tender but if you like it softer then bake longer.
  5. Optionally garnish with parsley before serving. The chickpeas will firm up and ‘crisp up’ as they cool so if you don’t mind eating this dish warm as opposed to piping hot, waiting an additional 15 minutes before serving improves the overall texture of the chickpeas for me.
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10 comments on “Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas and Broccoli”

  1. I love nutritional yeast on veggie, popcorn and in blender soups. It has become more mainstream and easier to find–Kroger has also been carrying it for many years now. This recipe sure puts it to good use!!

    • That’s great to hear that Kroger has it! I have never checked my local Ralph’s (same parent co. as Kroger) but that’s nice to know. And I love it on popcorn and in blender soups, too!

  2. Roasted chickpeas are so delicious! I am loving the nutritional yeast here. I need to make this soon!

  3. OK, I’m confused! Where does the “cheesy” part come from since there’s no cheese in this recipe?

  4. hey girl- this looks so good!

  5. Hi Averie!

    Love this recipe, however, I don’t see cheese in the list of ingredients or when to add it.
    Looking forward to making this…love everything in it!

    Warm wishes,

    Kym

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