The humble chickpea. Loved by some, overlooked by others, feared by a few.
Inexpensive, versatile and loaded with nutrition, you’d be hard pressed to find many other ingredients that deliver such a big, bang for a buck. These 3 recipes will show you just how easy it is to include these nutrient loaded beauties into your eating habits!
I’ll admit they’re not something I’ve always been fond of. It did take me some time to understand their many merits, other than their use in hummus. Of Middle Eastern origin, once considered exotic hummus is now familiar to all, and available in all manner of food stores.
A member of the legume family, which also includes lentils, dried beans and split peas, chickpeas are high in fibre and protein. Also known as garbanzo beans, they contain iron, and minerals manganese & folate. Splendid value for under $2/can!
Zuppa de Ceci/Chickpea Soup
What’s turned into one of my favourite recipes for chickpeas… the delicious, elegant zuppa de ceci/chickpea soup that’s not only vegetarian, it’s also vegan! Using a mere 5 ingredients, not including seasonings & water (yes, water not stock…) it truly is a fine example of kitchen alchemy. Quick and easy to make, it’s flavour is a surprise, and many cannot identify the main ingredient! Perhaps this recipe might be a good intro if you don’t usually cook with chickpeas…
Equally delicious as spicy chickpeas – recipes like this are also becoming commonplace, and with good reason. (Although this recipe lists using dried chickpeas, you could certainly use canned.) They’re perfect for snacking, tossed into salads or as part of any antipasto platter.
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Hummus has been a favourite for many years, including when tahini paste was hard to find! Subbing in some peanut butter was what I did, and it became my preference. If you read the post for roasted red pepper hummus you’ll see how I was validated with this! Adding roasted red peppers makes an interesting twist on what’s now a favourite dip. Now armed with a new and larger size food processor, I plan to experiment even more with hummus, using other vegetables & ingredients – how does adding mashed sweet potato & chipotle pepper sound…
More flavour. More nutrition. Eating well. That’s what it’s all about!
*If you have favourite chickpea recipe you’d like to share, please leave the info in a comment – with all our thanks~