Throughout the last year I went through a big hummus phase where I made a different flavor of homemade humus almost every week. I’ve made hummus flavors like roasted red pepper, jalapeño cilantro, roasted beet, sriracha, artichoke heart, and more. When I started to think about the other ways I could use chickpeas besides in hummus, roasting them became a new favorite thing to do. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, have so much nutritional value and are typically less than $1 per can! Roasting them gives a completely different flavor and texture. They become a little crispy and chewy, making for a prime taco filling.
I developed this recipe months ago when I was still living with my BFF Danielle (also known as Director Danielle because of her help filming my Snapchat Discover videos). I loved the combination of avocado, roasted chickpeas and radishes, but knew that it needed one more element. I looked in our fruit bowl and saw oranges and thought, “Oh my goodness. I could be crazy or this could actually be the perfect citrus flavor!” Sure enough, I loved the sweet and slightly tangy flavor the oranges added. When Danielle gave the seal of approval, I knew we were in business!
I love this recipe because it reminds me about being creative in the kitchen. Often times the best recipes come from last minute combinations – like adding fruit to a savory taco! When you get in a rut with eating the same things over and over, how do you like to challenge yourself to try something new? I get inspired when new pairings work and feel motivated to keep developing easy, healthy and inexpensive dishes that you all will love!
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