Garbanzo beans or chickpeas are a rather bland bean that mixes well with a variety of herbs and spices. Full of nutritious fiber, protein, iron, and calcium, garbanzos show up in many different cuisines. Whether you use thrifty dried garbanzos or the more convenient canned variety, here are some ideas for adding this versatile, nutrient-packed legume to your recipes:
Chickpea Salad With Lemon Yogurt Dressing
This filling salad is way more than just greens. It’s jam-packed with protein and nutrients to get you through an entire work or school day with a satisfied belly. That’s why this savory, lemony, creamy salad makes the perfect lunchbox-packed meal.
Couscous With Chickpeas, Fennel, and Citrus
This winning combination of whole grains (couscous), protein and nutrient rich chickpeas, tangy fennel, and lip-puckering citrus serves up as the perfect warm, fluffy one-dish dinner that can be served with fish or chicken, or used as a yummy side dish.
Smoky, Saucy Chickpeas with Spinach
Smoking and saucy in one recipe can only mean mouthwatering taste. And that’s exactly what occurs when you combine hearty chickpeas, iron-rich spinach, fresh spring onions, and a smoky, bacon-flavored sauce in one dish.
Chickpea, Spinach & Squash Gnocchi
Gnocchi is a thick, dumpling-style pasta made from semolina wheat flour, egg, cheese, potato, and sometimes, breadcrumbs. Add chickpeas and you’ll have a filling bowl of pasta in your bowl mixed with sweet currants and fresh or frozen spinach.
Spiced Chickpea Cakes
Vegetarians will delight in a fish-free version of the classic, golden-brown crab cake. This recipe blends the goodness of chickpeas, chopped red onion, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, coriander, and cloves into protein-rich patties! Serve these beauties with a dollop of Greek yogurt or Tzatziki.
Roasted Eggplant, Chickpea, and Summer Vegetable Tagine
Inspired by the exotic spices of Morocco, this thick and nourishing tagine stew is filled with nutrient-rich ingredients that can be fresh or frozen—such as thick eggplant, colorful peppers, zucchini, chickpeas, and a combination of exceptional flavors.
Ultra Smooth Homemade Hummus
A satisfying spread, side dish, bread dipper, topping, or salad dressing, this classically smooth hummus recipe is a harmonious blend of chickpeas, garlic, tahini, and fragrant spices.