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A Love Note to the Chickpea

In a world obsessed with eating more protein, the chickpea has become somewhat of a hero. Here's how to make the most of this magical little ingredient and all it offers.

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The Humble Pea

One of the most popular ways to use chickpeas is to blend them into hummus. Pair this classic dip with tortilla chips or veggie sticks and you’ve got yourself the perfect snack. But there’s so much more to these little guys! You can bake them, roast them, sauté them, or mash them. Whether you’re using them in your main dish or your dessert, chickpeas always deliver.

Indian Flare

NUT-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Chana Masala with Roti

Leanne Brown

This is the perfect example of a protein-rich meal that stays very budget-friendly. At only $1.50 per serving, this becomes the perfect rent-week dinner!

Keepin' It Classic

EGG-FREETREE NUT-FREE

Heavenly Hummus

Margaret's Dish

This is a real classic recipe but with a little twist-- a couple tablespoons of orange juice add an extra zesty touch. Serve it with some veggie sticks or put it in a sandwich for an added dose of plant-based protein.

Bake 'Em!

KID-FRIENDLYSHELLFISH-FREE

Chickpea Blondies

Live Eat Learn

Did you know that you can put chickpeas into baked goods? They not only act as a binding ingredient, but they give an irresistible fudginess to your blondies. Yum!

Roast 'Em!

BEANS AND LEGUMESNUT-FREE

Chipotle Roasted Chickpeas

Half Baked Harvest

If you want a fun snack that's less calorific than nuts, then you should try these out. Spices like oregano, cumin, and chili make these truly addictive! Make sure to pat your chickpeas completely dry before you roast them; this will ensure extra crispiness.

Easy Chick-peasy

NO-COOKSOY-FREE

Basil Pesto Chickpea Sandwiches

Lemons and Basil

Chickpeas are blended with spinach, Greek yogurt, garlic, and basil for an upgrade on your standard pesto. Put this in your sandwich and pair it up with your veggie of choice (we recommend roasted eggplant!) and you have yourself the perfect picnic-friendly lunch.

Mission Impastable

SHELLFISH-FREESOY-FREE

Lemon Roasted Broccoli and Chickpea Pasta

The Fit Mediterranean

This lemony pasta gets a protein upgrade with the added garlicky chickpeas. It's ready in under 30 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight meal.

Slurp it Up

SUGAR-FREEEGG-FREE

Leblebi (North African Chickpea Soup)

Alexandra's Kitchen

Try something new with this North African chickpea soup! It's thicc (two c's), comforting, and lasts well in the fridge. If you can get your hands on some harissa paste for even more authenticity, do it!

Dough My Goodness

QUICK AND EASYVEGAN

Vegan Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookie Dough

wholly deliciousness!

There's no chance of salmonella with this feel-good cookie dough. It's sweet, creamy, and with just a subtle hint of chickpea flavor. Pair it with graham crackers for extra deliciousness!

Aquafaba Magic

GRAIN-FREENUT-FREE

Aquafaba

Cotter Crunch

Don't toss all that leftover water in your chickpea cans! This magical liquid, called aquafaba, has similar properties to egg whites, making it the perfect vegan substitute for so many baked goods.

Put Aquafaba to Good Use

TOMATO-FREEPANTRY-FRIENDLY

Vegan Chocolate Mousse with Aquafaba and Almond milk

Alexandra's Kitchen

The mousse of your dreams. It's. So. Good. If you're looking to cut out dairy, be a little healthier, and try something new, then make this dessert. Serve it at a dinner party and your guests won't even know it's vegan!

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