May 25, 2012

Low-Sodium Labor (slash, Memorial) Day & Baked Garbanzos

(Before you read, be warned: this post mentions Labor Day many times which, as you may have noticed, should actually be Memorial Day. But because I believe in embracing mistakes, I’m leaving it. So please, enjoy. Even if it’s a few months early)

Do you know why we celebrate Labor Day?

Neither do I.

But I do know that I love three day weekends, especially those filled with picnics, potlucks, and BBQs.

So here’s a recipe for a crispy snacketizer — salt-free’d from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Everyday vegetarian food bible –which will keep you and your friends satisfied between the time the guacamole bowl has been emptied and the burgers have grilled.

And check out my Labor Day Pinterest board for more low-sodium Labor Day recipes — from spinach leek dip to cake pops. I’ve got you and your parties covered. Whatever the reason you’re throwing them.

Chow on.


salt-free’d from Heidi Swanson’s Roasted Chickpeas, Super Natural Everyday

makes 3 cups


  • One 15-oz can no-salt-added 365 Brand garbanzo beans, drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt-free garlic powder
  • Grated zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)


Preheat the oven to 425dg F with a rack placed in the top third of the oven.

Pour the garbanzo beans onto a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer and roast for 10 minutes. Shake the pan and roast for another 10 minutes, until the garbanzos start to crisp up and brown a bit.

While they roast, mix the olive oil with the dry spices (smoke paprika to dried dill). Carefully transfer the chickpeas to the bowl and toss until they are all covered in the spice rub. Return the garbanzos to the pan and bake for another 3 to 5 minutes.

Let them cool for a few minutes and serve immediately to hungry hands.

+ Sodium Count: No-salt-added chickpeas: 10mg per [1/2] cup, depending on brand

James May 25, 2012 at 10:10 am

I think you’ve got the holidays switched. Labor Day is in September, Memorial Day is in May.

pegreads May 25, 2012 at 3:59 pm

May 25th — Labor Day? Does that mean you are getting ahead of the game by several months or this is from an older post?

Susan Tweeton May 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm

A perfect snack. I love garbanzo beans in any form. This recipe reminds me of the roasted garbanzos I’d buy at a local Greek/Armenian deli in Los Angeles.

biggerbox May 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

We celebrate Labor Day to commemorate the epic struggles of our forebears that brought us things we now think of as ordinary, like a 40-hour work week, child labor laws, workers compensation, and unemployment insurance. But of course, Labor Day is in September.

THIS weekend we commemorate those who have died in military service to defend our nation, on Memorial Day. Since the Revolutionary War, many have died so that you and I can enjoy a lazy summer picnic and three-day weekends, safe in a world leading democracy, and this is a day when we should all remember that, and give thanks in their memory.

Tasty looking recipe.

Megan May 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I love your blog and am continuously inspired by it to live a healthy low-sodium style of life. :]
These look yummy, but is Labor Day in September? (I’ll be sure to make them this memorial day weekend, too!) :]

Sara May 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Um, its Memorial Day.

Joan Bailey June 21, 2012 at 10:30 am

I just found this site and it is great, my husband has a lot of medical problems and can’t have alot of sodium, about the holiday mixup, alot of people do that, it doesn’t mean we
don’t care, my husband was in the service, so was my Dad and brothers, I appreciate our troops every single day. To those who have lost friends and loved ones, everyday is Memorial Day. And to most people Labor day is just another day off, to those of us who have a job. This country has really let down the epic struggles of our forebears. To accidentally say Labor Day instead of Memorial Day is to be human. To biggerbox, thanks for the history lesson, but even the people who mix up the holidays were taught that in elem. school.

Kellyindc March 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

The trick I learned to remember which is celebrated when is to remember M-emorial day is celebrated in M-ay. (Both start with M)

Blair K. March 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Looks great! We are new to low-salt eating at our house. I was all set to make this but my husband beat me to it!

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