So, I'm starting to explore some more vegetarian-based cookbooks to expand my repertoire for cooking vegetable. I notice often these cookbooks use toasted nuts sprinkled on top as their protein. Since I'm usually serving these vegetable dishes as a side toa small amount of meat or tofu protein anyway, I'd like to substitute something else, lower-fat, crunchy for the nuts. I know the health benefits of the oils in nuts, etc., but, as you probably already know right now, I'm trying to lose weight and nuts cut into my precious available "discretionary" calories that I'd rather put towards say, a glass of wine.
I thought recently I saw a recipe for toasted garbanzo beans, but I can't now remember where I saw it. Would that be a good alternative? Anyone have a recipe for that or anything else that might be a good fit here?