Happy Black Friday, and happy Thanksgiving to my American readers!
A couple of months ago, I made a very similar blog post to this one about chia seeds, where I spoke about this delightful seed and gave you easy ways to use them. I’m back again and this time we’re talking chickpeas!
Why do I love chickpeas/think it’s great to be eating them?
One of the main reasons chickpeas are awesome, besides their taste of course, is because of their fiber and protein content. 1 cup of chickpeas delivers 28% of your daily fiber and 10g of protein. This delightful nutrient combination is a cure for hungry bellies and will keep a belly full for a long while.
It also delivers a good amount of vitamin B6, magnesium and iron (as well as countless other vitamins and minerals). As a matter of fact, women are at a higher risk of iron deficiency (especially during reproductive years), so this is a great way to be boosting your iron consumption, ladies!
For convenience purposes, I usually always buy my chickpeas canned. However, if you have the time, dried chickpeas aren’t so bad to prepare (if you think of it in advance) and are much cheaper!
There are two ways to prepare your dried chickpeas; long soak or quick soak method.
Long Soak Method: Place your chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with several inches of water and let sit overnight (8 hours), with a towel to cover them. Once they are soaked, they can be cooked in a large saucepan (covered in several inches of water) with a bit of salt. When the chickpeas are boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 60-90 minutes, or until the chickpeas have reached desired tenderness. Drain and cool.
Quick Soak Method: This is definitely my method of choice, because it is much faster! Place your dried chickpeas in a saucepan covered by several inches of water and bring to a boil. Let them boil for 5 minutes, and then remove the saucepan from the heat and leave the chickpeas in the hot water for one hour. After an hour, drain the chickpeas and cook them as explained in the previous method!
The next 3 recipes (or in some cases not really recipes) will hopefully inspire you to incorporate chickpeas in your diet or give you new ideas so you can continue to enjoy them!
Roasted chickpeas is one of my favorite snacks, and the salt and vinegar flavor is my favorite flavoring combo. This snack reminds me of chips or popcorn and they are super versatile, so everyone can find the right flavor combination for their taste buds! The one I am sharing with you today is by far my favorite.
Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas (Oh She Glows)
1 15oz can chickpeas
2 1/2 cups vinegar, white
1. Place chickpeas in a saucepan and cover with vinegar. Bring to a boil and remove from heat and let them rest in the vinegar for 20 minutes, covered. (Turn on your oven fan to avoid a vinegar smelling house!)
2. Preheat oven to 400F and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Drain the chickpeas and place on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with oil so that they are roughly covered and sprinkle with salt, to taste.
4. Roast for 25 minutes, shaking them around in the sheet halfway through. They will be ready once they are nicely golden and crispy!
5. Enjoy right away or let cool and store in a airtight container at room temperature.
This chickpea salad is reminiscent of chicken salad, but with an obvious vegetarian twist. It’s also super tasty, crunchy and filling, which makes for a super delicious lunch! The recipe is highly customizable, but here is my take on it.
Chickpea Salad Sandwich
1 15oz can chickpeas
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
3 sweet gherkin pickles, thinly sliced
1/2-1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp sriracha mayonnaise
1 tbsp regular mayonnaise
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and place them in a large bowl. With a potato masher, mash the chickpeas until some are crushed while others are left slightly intact.
2. Add all of the remaining ingredients and mix.
3. Enjoy in a sandwich with spinach
Of course, I can’t make a whole blog post about chickpeas and not mention hummus. Hummus is an amazing blend of chickpeas, tahini (aka sesame seed butter), lemon juice, olive oil and any other add-in ingredients your heart desires! I usually buy my hummus, but the homemade variety tastes out of this world amazing. If you love hummus, I recommend you make your own at least once, just to understand what I mean! Here are some of my favorite flavors for making hummus:
Roasted Garlic and Lemon Hummus (YUM!!)
The Hummus That Changed Everything (From Oh She Glows, all of her recipes are perfect!)
I hope you all enjoyed this post and that you all have a great weekend!!
What are your favorites ways to eat chickpeas?