7 Delicious Chickpea Recipes That Aren’t Hummus

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In recent years, chickpeas have stolen the spotlight. They’re easy to find in the United States, despite being a staple in Mediterranean cuisine. But when it comes to recipes, don’t limit yourself to hummus. You can do a lot with chickpeas if you know where to start.

Benefits Of Chickpeas

Also known as garbanzo beans or Bengal gram, these tasty legumes are rich in vegetable protein. One cup has 10.70 grams! This makes it an excellent, low-fat choice for meeting your daily protein requirement.

Chickpeas also pack in tons of fiber. That same cup offers 9.6 grams, so you can be sure doing “number two” will feel great. Plus, fiber lowers blood cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease. This is the number one killer in the country for both men and women.

On a weight loss journey? Protein and fiber are known for increasing satiety. When you eat chickpeas, hunger won’t creep up so fast. It won’t be so tempting to grab fast food after a long day at work.

Chickpea Recipe Ideas

1. Roasted Chickpeas

 

When you’re craving a crunchy snack, roast a can of chickpeas. Add flavor with fresh spices and herbs. It beats eating salty foods like chips!

Directions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  • Toss it with avocado or grapeseed oil.
  • Generously sprinkle in spices of your choice.
  • Roast it for 35 to 40 minutes.

Need ideas? Turmeric, paprika, oregano, and black pepper are delicious on chickpeas.

2. Chickpea Burgers

 

Replace fatty beef burgers with chickpea patties. Every 1.5-ounce serving of red meat increases heart disease risk by 20%, so it’s certainly worth the swap.

Directions

  • Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  • Blend in a food processor with spices and cooked veggies.
  • Form into patties.
  • Cook the patties over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  • Eat with salad or on whole grain bread.

3. Chickpea Wrap

 

You don’t need deli meat for lunch wraps. Chickpeas make an awesome substitute, whether or not they’re roasted.

Directions

  • Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  • Mashup the chickpeas.
  • Add leafy greens and veggies on a tortilla wrap.
  • Add the chickpeas.
  • Wrap up and enjoy.

4. Chickpea Tacos

 

For a healthy taco Tuesday, use chickpeas. Top things off with a homemade salsa made of tomatoes, corn, and cilantro.

Directions

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  • Toss it with low-sodium taco seasoning and roast it.
  • Layer with lettuce, cheese, and salsa in taco shells.
  • Add guacamole and lemon juice for additional flavor.

5. Chickpea Sandwich

 

If you’re a fan of tuna and egg salad, you’ll adore this chickpea version. You can even combine the chickpeas with tuna or egg for a protein-rich sandwich.

Directions

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  • Mix it in with vegan mayo or mashed avocado.
  • Add sunflower seeds, mustard, and spices.
  • Stir everything well.
  • Serve it on whole grain bread with spinach and onion.

6. Chickpea Side Salad

 

Chickpeas make a filling side dish, too. It’s a great partner for lighter meals. Feel free to customize this recipe with whatever vegetables you have in the refrigerator.

Directions

  • Toss in rinsed chickpeas with cucumber, tomatoes, and onion.
  • Add in feta cheese.
  • For a creamy consistency, mix in a dollop of cottage cheese.
  • Sprinkle in some spices.
  • Drizzle a touch of olive oil.

7. Chickpea Salsa

 

 

From tortilla chips to tacos, chickpea salsa will dress up your favorite foods. Pair it with lean meats or salads.

Directions

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  • Mix it in with olives, tomatoes, corn, and onion.
  • Toss it in with cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • For an extra punch to the salsa, add cayenne pepper or jalapenos.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you already have a favorite recipe, toss in some chickpeas and see how it tastes. You won’t be disappointed.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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