Chickpeas are the perfect legume (if you ask me). I love their shape and versatility. Toss them in a salad, use them in a stew, make veggie burgers our of them & (if using canned chickpeas) the aquafaba can be used as an egg substitute for vegan baking. Not only are chickpeas versatile - they are nutritious as well.
A one-cup serving of chickpeas contains 15 grams of protein & 13 grams of fiber. Plus, the one-cup serving contains 70% of the daily value (DV) of folate and 26% of DV of iron. Thank you Livestrong for the information! Since I love chickpeas so much, I thought I would share with you some great chickpea recipes. If you try one of them, let me know the results!
Whaaaattt? Chickpeas for breakfast? I kid you not! Look at some of the great recipes that use chickpeas for breakfast.
Avocado Chickpea Toast from Living Well Kitchen combines one of the hottest breakfast trends, avocado toast, and adds some flair & extra nutrients by adding in chickpeas! Well Done Living Well Kitchen! Click here for recipe.
Now here is a great idea: Vegan Scrambled Chickpea "eggs". The reason this is genius is the chickpeas add depth to the spinach, tomatoes, onions & green peppers that they are sauteed with. Remember, 1 cup of chickpeas contains 15 grams of protein which will help you stay full until your mid-morning snack. Click here for the recipe from Happy Healing.
Did you know chickpea flour is a thing? This Carrot Zucchini breakfast bread uses chickpea flour. Plus, the recipe can be made vegan by using flax eggs instead of chicken eggs. Click here for the recipe from Rachl Mansfield.
CHICKPEA LUNCH / DINNER
Ok - now that I shared with you ways to eat chickpeas for breakfast, let's move onto lunch. Actually, these recipes could also work for dinner so I combined lunch & dinner recipes all into one. Simply click on the name of the recipe below to be brought to the full recipe. Don't forget - if you try one - let me know your results! Enjoy!
Roasted Broccoli Chickpea Quinoa bowls from Nourished The Blog
Chickpea Avocado Feta Salad from Homegrown in The Valley
Sweet & Sour Chickpeas with Peppers from Lord Byron's Kitchen
Crispy Chickpea Cutlet from Living Vegan
Chickpea Spinach Sweet Potato Brown Rice bowl from Green Evi
Chickpea Balls in marinara sauce from Ceara's Kitchen
Smoky Chickpea Lentil Soup from Dishing Out Health
I hope this post inspired you to use chickpeas as more than just a salad topping. Happy Cooking!