Thursday, September 10, 2015

20+ delicious things you can do to chickpeas

Chickpeas are my favourite. I love them more than one should love a legume. Perhaps I need this tote.

Chickpeas are super good for you. High protein and high fiber and all that jazz. But the real reason I love them is because they are so tasteless, but in a good way, that you can add them to anything and everything and it doesn't change the taste like, say, black beans do. We use a lot of chickpeas in our house, and I thought I would share some of my favourite things to do with them.
20+ Delicious Chickpea Recipe Ideas - Snacks, with meat, without meat - even dessert!

Snacks

Hummus - I'm sure most people have had hummus before, and if they don't lean towards meatless meals, this might be the only way they have had chickpeas. There's nothing wrong with that, hummus is amazing.

Brownies - yes, you read that right. And they are ahmazing.

Roasted Chickpeas - if you haven't gotten on the roasted chickpeas train, you need to. They are so delicious. There are a million and one ways to make them.


Meatless meals

My favourite way to eat chickpeas is instead of meat, so they are the star of the meal.

Chickpea burgers - there are so many chickpea burger recipes out there, but our favourites are these ones: sweet potato & chickpea burgers (YUM), spinach and feta chickpea burgers recipe (double yum) and spicy BBQ chickpea burgers (a bit spicy for me, but KC loved).

Curried chickpeas with spinachThis is a staple in our house. It is so freaking easy and delicious. If you have leftover rice or use the minute stuff, this takes like 10-15 minutes. Perfect for a weeknight.

Source: Budget Bytes because her photos are way better than mine


In a Thai curry - as much as I love Indian curry, Thai curry is just as yummy and this easy coconut flavoured recipe is ahhmazing. I skip the coconut rice part and just serve with normal rice, because hashtag lazy.

In a meatless meatloaf - this is the only recipe in this post that I haven't tried, but I know one of my best friends makes a chickpea 'meat'loaf all the time. I keep meaning to make it, but KC is not a fan of meatloaf.. or meatlessloaf.

Butter chickpeas - I love love love the butter chicken sauce from Sharwoods. It's not super cheap though, so I don't have it as often as I'd like (I'd eat this every day if I could). I honestly haven't found a recipe that quite compares but this one is pretty good (for the sauce, not for the chicken).


Chickpea 'meat'ball subs - oh my word. These are so good. So so so so so so good. We've had them in subs and with spaghetti. SO good.

Falafel - I think the most 'common' chickpea dish after hummus is falafel. We even had it in Paris. I am still trying to perfect my falafel at home, but so far this is my favourite recipe. I know these seem similar to the 'meat'balls above but I promise they are different and amazing enough for you to try.

In a soup or stew - I omit a few of the spices in this mushroom, chickpea & tomato stew, personal preference, but chickpeas are the perfect addition to a soup or stew. This lemon chickpea orzo soup is so delicious and great for the cooler months. Last year, Carly mentioned this tomato, rice and chickpea soup at the perfect time and I made it like 7 times last winter and it will definitely be on rotation this winter. Of course you can eat soup or stew anytime of year but I personally like to be cold when I do.


In an Asian dish - As you can tell, we replace chickpeas for chicken most of the time. So any Asian dish where you would normally eat chicken, chickpeas makes a great replacement. Kung Pao chickpeas, General Tso's chickpeas, Sesame Orange Ginger chickpeas and my personal favourite, Teriyaki chickpeas.

Bonus: you can use chickpeas as croutons. Mind blown.

In addition to meat

If you're not down with the whole meatless thing, chickpeas are a great addition to meaty meals. Let's face it, meat is expensive and sometimes not super good for you, so adding chickpeas to a meal makes it go further and adds some healthiness.

Butter chicken and chickpeas - I know I mentioned this above, but most of the time when I make myself butter chickpeas, I make KC butter chicken with chickpeas (or tikka masala). He doesn't love the chickpeas on it's own so adding the chicken gives him more protein without having the whole meal be chicken. Basically, any time we make a meal with chicken, I see if I can throw some chickpeas in.

In a stew - This chicken and chickpea stew is so easy (slow cooker!) and is perfect for the cold months. KC is not a huge fan of stews or soups (boo) but he loves this one.

With beef - I wouldn't normally think to add chickpeas to a beef recipe, but then I tried this Moroccan beef chili with chickpeas and it is so yum. The ingredients list was daunting at first, but it is surprisingly easy (and I am the definition of beginner in the kitchen!). I didn't use wine or olives, and it was still good.



with chicken 'salad' - one of the meals I make all the time for KC's lunch is like a copycat chicken salad - it's just shredded chicken, avocado and chickpeas (onions, garlic, salt, pepper etc) and he loves it. Super filling and the avo replaces the mayo. I'm not the first person to think of the avo, but I can't find any other recipes online that use both chicken and chickpeas. Here is a chicken one, here is a chickpea one. I made them get married and have a baby, and it's good.

In a salad - There are so many salad recipes out there, and you won't even notice the difference if you chuck a few chickpeas in there, whether it already has meat or not.

As a side with veggies - a super easy way to add chickpeas to your meal is to cook up some veggies and throw some chickpeas in. I like to keep it simple, because KC doesn't like 'a lot of crap' (his words) and one of my favourite ways is to saute some zucchini and squash with some oil and spices (whatever you like) and then add the chickpeas. When I have more time on my hands, I use this roasted veggies with chickpeas recipe. Last year I brought veggies for thanksgiving and I think this year I try and sneak some chickpeas in.



Do you like chickpeas? Did you have any idea they were so versatile?

70 comments:

  1. Haha love this! Who would have guessed there were so many different things you could do with chickpeas? That beef chili looks amazing!
    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. I love chickpeas! In brownies they are so good and I love roasting a big batch to add to my salads. I will have to check out some of these other recipes!

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  3. I don't think I knew you liked chickpeas as much as you just shared LOL! I love them as well and haven't tried roasting them yet! I like to add them to salads or have them be the focus in the chickpea, corn, feta and cucumber salad! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  4. I just really enjoy reading all the Asian dishes with chick peas in place of the meat it makes me laugh, weird. I know I've eaten them in hummus, but I honestly can't say I've had them any other way. Thanks for all the recipes to try them in. I'm thinking the brownies is a good place to start!

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  5. love love love this! I'm eating a lot of vegetarian and vegan things lately and I know how chickpeas are amazing and this gives me some great inspiration!

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  6. This all looks and sounds amazing - love chickpeas! I definitely need to make some brownies now <3

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  7. one of my favs!!!! i have plans to make this amazing chick pea salad in the coming weeks!!

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  8. I really need to try one of these! I made a bad Pinterest chickpea recipe recently and it soured (or literally sweetened) them for me!

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  9. You had me lol at that bag! And I want to make every single one of these recipes. Or, more accurately, I just want them to appear in front of me right this instant ;)

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  10. Everything looks so good! I recently picked up a chickpea snack at Target. Its Biena brand, I think its roasted chickpeas in habanero flavor and they are sooooo spicy but delicious.

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  11. i've only had them a handful of ways, so i'm so glad you gave us LOTS of options to try! thanks girl:)

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  12. pinning this!! i love chickpeas! we always put them in our italian pasta salad for a little extra protein. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  13. I've only used chickpeas in hummus and in bean salads...time to step up my game! First up is that curry..yumm

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  14. I loooooooove chickpeas!!!!!!!!!! Putting them on salads is one of my faves!!!!! I do that instead of croutons to make myself feel healthy lol :)

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  15. I love roasted chickpeas! I need to try out butter chickpeas - that sounds delicious.

    xo, Carly | carly blogs

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  16. Apparently I need to get my chickpea on! Never would have guessed you could do this many recipes with them!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  17. We love chickpeas in our house too (although my husband needs the meat in most meals too, unless it is hummus or roasted chickpeas) than you for sharing all these recipes!!

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  18. Wow this is crazy. The most I do with the chickpeas is roast them or make hummus.

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  19. I feel like you could write a green eggs and ham version using chickpeas hahaha. I love chickpeas in my salad. I will have to try some of these other ways you suggest!!

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  20. yum! I love chickpeas too. We don't use them nearly enough... but I love them! I was going to make falafel at home, but the recipe needed to chill... and have fresh herbs.. I was too busy to have both time and fresh herbs at the same time. Alas, no falafel for us. : / Maybe now that things are slowing down! I would love to try some of these recipes. Those roasted veggies look delicious! Also, yes please to curry. We make a chicken, potato, and pea curry that we looooove! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  21. I LURVE CHICKPEAS!!! I'm going to need to try that brownie recipe!

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  22. Alright, I'm sold. Adding chickpeas to my grocery list!!!

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  23. I've tried to comment on this 3 times now and it keeps disappearing. If I show up more than once delete it please lol. I have a few cans of chick peas in the pantry and I was just thinking the other day about roasting them..but now I have a million ideas, thanks to you ;) I really think the soup one looks good. And I'm really feeling the fall recipes lately so that might happen.

    x. Morgan

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  24. Wow lady thanks for sharing! I had no idea - and we are trying to eat less meat (it's just so hard and expensive to find and buy humane nowadays) and this gives me so many good ideas!
    xx Em
    beauty blether

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  25. I had NO idea that there were that many uses for chick peas! Brownies?! You'll have to share the recipe for that one!

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  26. Oh I LOVE this post, truly! Chickpeas are my jam. I just made baked chickpeas last weekend with curry in them and they are so, so, so good it's stupid.

    I really want to make that garden grazer meal. That looks delicious.

    I'll certainly come back and reference this, I love chickpeas in anything.

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  27. Chick peas are not my favorite bean. . .that will always belong to black beans, but there are some great recipes with chick peas. I LOVE Budget Bytes and that recipe that you shared! I'm going to have to try those chick pea brownies.That sounds both nasty and awesome and I cannot wait to try to get my husband to eat them! hahaha

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  28. Chickpea brownies?! I looove chickpeas too (and was like that picture looks kind of familiar, haha, then I was like oh it's from the chickpea soup!) I love them in salads, but need to try out a few more of these recipes!

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  29. I'm definitely a fan of hummus, but I haven't made my own batch yet (even though I have quite a few recipes pinned on Pinterest). I've had a few recipes that have included chickpeas in addition to a meat, but I think that it would be fun to try and sub them for the meat too. It would be a great idea for a Meatless Monday meal!

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  30. That is a lot of different ways to use chickpeas. The meatloaf and meatballs sounds interesting, worth a try.

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  31. I love chickpeas, as hummus and falafel. I never thought to cook regularly with them. Great idea though! Do you get them canned? Do they sell them dry??

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  32. I can get down with this post... I LOVE chickpeas.
    The hubs? Hates them. We have our issues about this at least once a week.

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  33. well this is awesome! I have a can of chickpeas and i am going to do this tonight!!

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  34. Chickpea brownies sound very intriguing! I've tried avocado brownies before so this sounds like a logical next step :) To be completely honest I haven't consumed chickpeas in a long time! All of the meatless recipes look awesome, I will have to start using chickpeas more.

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  35. I have been trying to incorporate more chick peas into my diet and so I'm definitely saving this post! I love hummus and the spinach feta chick pea burgers sounds amazing!

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  36. All of these recipes sound absolutely amazing!!

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  37. I love all things chickpeas too and these recipes sound delish! Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Okay, I had no idea you were such a fan of chickpeas! I do like hummus, so there's that. I haven't tried any of the rest of these but the roasted chickpeas would probably be next on my list!

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  39. Oh my goodness. I totally needed this list! I have a bag full of dried chick peas in the pantry right now. :P It's like you read my mind or something.

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  40. Thanks for sharing this! If you can believe it, I've never made anything using chickpeas. NEVER.

    I've eaten plenty of hummus and falafel, and I know I've also had chickpeas in a couple of other dishes I've ordered in restaurants ... But I've never actually cooked them myself.

    I'm definitely going to try a bunch of these recipes over the next few months. I've been trying to make more meatless meals anyway, and, since Eric doesn't always love vegetarian meals, I'll definitely try some of the meat/chickpea combo meals as well.

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  41. Oh my god. This is the post I didn't realize I've been waiting for. Yes. Thank you so much. Going grocery shopping tomorrow and then coming home to MAKE ALL OF THIS. Since I don't cook meat of any kind at home and I insist on this marathon training thing I need to make up that protein and I can only eat so many eggs. Seriously, this is perfect. Thank you so much!

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  42. I like chickpeas. I do. And, I don't use them enough, so this was a great post for me.

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  43. You know I always say I don't like chickpeas but I'm not actually sure if I have ever had them. Wait, I take that back, I had hummus and didn't like it at all. Super picky eater over here.

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  44. I love everything about this post! I've been replacing most meat with legumes since this baby doesn't want anything to do with meat, and there are so many great recipe links in here. Thank you! And yeah, love me some chickpeas even when I'm not knocked up!

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  45. Ooh I love chick peas too! Even right out of the can. Need to try those brownies though!

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  46. I love chickpeas! My favorite ways to eat them are falafal and hummus. My husband will actually eat them straight from a container (after they've been drained and rinsed), like they're candy.

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  47. Wow, so many different things you can do with chickpeas, the beef and chickpeas stew sounds the best. Especially since fall is coming.

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

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  48. Im a big fan of chickpeas too. The curried chickpeas looks amazing! Well all of these recipes do...

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  49. Thank you for this! Every time you post delicious looking chickpea meals on IG I always think, "Mmmm I need to make that!" And then I forget. Definitely bookmarking this for future meal planning purposes :)

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  50. AHH pinning all of these because I LOVE chickpeas! Roasted chickpeas are my fav - I bought some recently at a farmer's market and they were so perfectly crunchy and they had cinnamon and italian flavored.. so delicious. I can never cook mine as perfectly crunchy

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  51. I need to start eating more chickpeas stat! They are such a great source of protein and I love them in salads! Thanks for all of the ideas!

    Annie
    All Things Big and Small

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  52. I need to start eating more chickpeas stat! They are such a great source of protein and I love them in salads! Thanks for all of the ideas!

    Annie
    All Things Big and Small

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  53. Ugh I am such a sucker for hummus. Love it. Especially garlic hummus (I mean, garlic is my favorite). I definitely need to try some of these. I'll pass on the meatless ideas to a vegetarian friend. I love meat. And thanks to my autoimmune disease, I need all the protein that I can get, which means I need to actually add more meat to my diet. But yes, definitely need to try some of these ideas! Thank you for sharing!

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  54. I've only had chickpeas in hummus, but these other ideas look really good!

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  55. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this post! I love chickpeas and was just thinking yesterday about how much I've been seeing them in everything lately! Chickpea chips, chickpea brownies and desserts, etc, etc, not to mention my love of hommus and chickpea in stews and casseroles! I've been meaning to roast some with a little cayenne pepper and salt and oil but haven't gotten around to it yet - this has just reminded me to do it this week! Yum! xx

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  56. Girl. That falafel from Paris was the best I ever had. Soooooo good!!!!

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  57. I double heart eyes emjoi chick peas. I am definitely saving this post. My favorite way to eat them is roast them. Soooooo good!

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  58. And now I feel the need to go make all the chickpea things 😂 Hummus is on my list for tomorrow! I'm definitely saving this post for when I need some inspiration next time! Thanks friend!

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  59. Okay it seems I need to go out and buy some chickpeas now! Lol. Hummus...yummmmmmmm!

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  60. I have made chickpea cookie brownies before, and they were sooo amazing. Only problem was that they turn out not be to that much healthier if you eat all of them in 2 days.

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  61. You are definitely not alone in your chickpea love. They're so filling, and delicious, and amazinggg. Thanks for the recipe ideas!

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  62. I love hummus more than I have words to express (and in fact, I eat it straight off the spoon pretty often), but for some reason, I don't like chickpeas any other way. I don't like the texture of them. It's kind of like how I love peanut butter (and again, will eat it by the spoonful), but don't like nuts of any kind. Weird, right?

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  63. I love using chick peas in my meals! They really are super versatile. I need to try the brownies! I have heard from so many people they are amazing.

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  64. Those roasted veggies look amazing! I could eat roasted vegetables everyday. I need to try coconut rice! xo

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  65. I also love frying chickpeas in a bit of oil until they get slightly crispy and adding kale. It's SO GOOD. Try it!! I've made this recipe with both white beans and/or garbanzo beans. http://food52.com/recipes/30932-heidi-swanson-s-pan-fried-giant-white-beans-with-kale

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  66. This is so informative! I will definitely be trying some of these recipes!

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  67. I normally just eat chickpeas in hummus. I never thought there was so much you could do to em'!

    Stephanie @ Sartorial Diner

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  68. I love chickpeas, we call it "channa" here and we even roast it! Love love love

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