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Chickpea Recipes & Garbanzo Bean Recipes ♥ Alphabet of Vegetables

Wondering what to make with chickpeas besides hummus? Find new ways to cook chickpeas in this collection of Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) Recipes ♥ AVeggieVenture.com. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free and low-carb recipes from everyday to good for company.
graphic button small size size 10 Never know what to do with chickpeas aka garbanzo beans? (Except making homemade hummus. You do make hummus, right?) Or on the other hand, maybe you're always looking for brand-new ways to cook with chickpeas? Find new inspiration right here in this collection of Chickpea Recipes / Garbanzo Bean Recipes from A Veggie Venture and Kitchen Parade, my food column. Many Weight Watchers friendly, vegan and gluten-free recipes from simple for every day to special for occasions. graphic button small size size 10

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Chickpeas 101: THE BASICS
Pronounced [chik-pee]. Other Names for Chickpeas. Also called Chick Peas and Garbanzo Beans. Also known as Gram or Bengal Gram and some times as Egyptian Peas. Also called Ceci, Cece or Channa or Chana or Kabuli Chana.

What Are Chickpeas? Chickpeas are legumes – legumes, of course, being plants in the bean family – and thus cousins to soy beans, mung beans, lima beans, fava beans, lentils, peas and yes, even the peanuts we love so much in peanut butter! Chickpeas are a native of southwest Asia and have been grown in rotation crops back to the Roman times. Chickpeas show up frequently in Middle Eastern and Indian foods.

FAVORITE FORMS of CHICKPEAS
FRESH CHICKPEAS Chickpeas, of course, start off fresh and spring-green in color, they're quite pretty! See pictures here, what fresh chickpeas look like – but good luck finding fresh chickpeas. And then be prepared for the shelling process to go slooooowly.
DRIED CHICKPEAS Dried chickpeas are easy to find in nearly all grocery stores along with other dried beans and peas, look near the canned beans. They're usually packaged in plastic bags, I also seem them in bulk bins. Do shop in a store with high turnover, that's because dried beans stored too long or at too warm a temperature don't cook well, see Why Dried Beans Won't Cook. In fact, when I bring home packages of dried beans and chickpeas, I write the purchase date and location on the package. Then in the fall, usually after some months without cooking too many beans during warm weather, I throw away what's on hand unless the packages were purchased during the summer.
CANNED CHICKPEAS No doubt, most cooks reach for canned chickpeas when we need chickpeas. They're inexpensive and shelf-stable, easy to keep on hand. That said? They're also so-so salty and chickpea-for-chickpea, several times more expensive. I rely mostly on dried beans but also keep canned chickpeas on hand.
CHICKPEA FLOUR This is ground chickpeas, it's also called gram flour and besan flour. Chickpea flour is a gluten-free flour, the basis of socca, a French flatbread and farinata, the Italian version.
AQUAFABA You might not believe this but right now, "aquafaba" is the hottest form of chickpeas. What's aquafaba? You know how we rinse canned chickpeas? Well, aquafaba is that goopy liquid that goes down the drain. Save it! It turns out, that gunky stuff has amazing properties that make it a vegan substitute for eggs in meringues, mayonnaise and some very creative concoctions.
HUMMUS! But really and truly, isn't the most common form of chickpeas the one that's mixed with the sesame-seed paste called tahini? You know ... hummus! But here's the thing. Food writers get all kinds of grief when we title recipes "chickpea hummus". (We do that to distinguish between hummus made with the traditional chickpeas and variations made with lima beans, cauliflower, etc. Good cooks everywhere grind all sorts of beans into paste-y spreads.) But the thing is, pairing the two words "chickpea" and "hummus" together is like an unintended stutter, repeating the same word twice. Like "noodle pasta" or "salt sodium". Because in their original context, the word "hummus" literally means "chickpeas". In fact, even the "hummus" is just shorthand for the longer phrase, hummus bi tahina, "hummus with tahini". Fun, yes? But trust me, our misuse drives certain people c-r-a-z-y.

Party Conversation Cicero, the Roman orator, was named for the lowly chickpea, from the Latin word for chickpea, cicer. graphic button small size size 10 The shape of dried chickpeas have been compared to "rams heads" and "hawk faces". graphic button small size size 10 Israel, Egypt and Lebanon all claim to have originated hummus. Lebanon unsuccessfully sought protected status for hummus as a Lebanese product. graphic button small size size 10 Israel and Lebanon vie for domination in the "hummus wars" – where hummus weighs in by the ton.

Chickpeas in Special Diets. Chickpeas are naturally gluten-free. Chickpeas are derived from plants so naturally, are vegan. Chickpeas are South Beach friendly (Phase 1 and Phase 2) and Weight Watchers friendly. In fact, for Weight Watchers, chickpeas are "free" in the Freestyle program! Naturally, specific preparations matter to both of these eating regimens. Chickpeas are not accepted in the paleo, keto and Whole30 food plans.

Sources. Personal experience and accumulated learning, also the most-wonderful On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee aka the "Curious Cook", The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg and most recently, The Carrot Purple and Other Curious Stories of the Food We Eat by Joel S. Denker.

CHICKPEA (GARBANZO BEAN) NUTRITION INFORMATION

Are Chickpeas High in Protein? Yes and NO. The common wisdom is that chickpeas are high in protein – and they are, compared to many plants. However, among legumes, soybeans (especially) plus fava beans, lentils, mung beans and peas all contain more protein than chickpeas. So much for common wisdom. And there's a huge difference between how much protein can be derived from chickpeas (a cup of cooked chickpeas has under 7g of protein) and common animal proteins (3 ounces of cooked chicken breast has more than 26g). Please don't take this as "anti-vegetarian" or "anti-vegan" – no one is more passionate about eating plant-based real food, just check out Vegan Done Real. But I'm also passionate about helping everyone, myself included, make informed eating choices. End of soapbox!

What's your favorite go-to recipe for CHICKPEAS? or what CHICKPEA recipe did you hope to find here? I'm always looking for new ones, especially healthy CHICKPEA recipes! And frankly, I'm surprised, I thought I had more chickpea recipes than I do, time to fix that sitt-chy-ation! Leave me a quick note in the comments or via recipes@kitchen-parade.com! ~Alanna



HEY CHICKPEA LOVERS! WHAT SOUNDS GOOD?
~ A Few Highlights ~


WE HUMMUS! MY GO-TO RECIPES
First, Cook Dried Chickpeas Like This
How to Cook Dried Chickpeas Especially for Hummus aka "Jerusalem Chickpeas" 30min/12hrs

Now Make Hummus, My Go-To Recipes
Crazy-Smooth Crazy-Good Hummus 15min/15min – WW2 – PP3 – SP3 – FS2 – NetCarb9
Roasted Eggplant “Hummus" (Eggplant & Chickpea Dip & Spread) 15min/24hrs – WW2 – PP2 – SP2 – FS1 – NetCarb5
Red Pepper Hummus 10min/10min – WW1 – PP1 – SP2 – FS0 – NetCarb9

Or Okay, Make Hummus with Convenient Canned Chickpeas
Kitchen Parade recipes
Simple Hummus

A Veggie Venture recipes
Cilantro Hummus 15min/15min – WW1 – PP2 – NetCarb11
Pumpkin Hummus with Honey 10min/10min – WW2 – PP2 – SP3 – FS2 – NetCarb11

You Can Even Make "Hummus" Without any Chickpeas At All
Cauliflower Hummus 20min/4hrs – WW2 – PP2 – SP3 – FS2 – NetCarb3
Lima Bean Hummus 20min/60min – WW1 – NetCarb11

FAVORITE SIMPLE SEASONAL SUPPERS
Winter Hearty Healthy Chicken Stew with Chickpeas & Kale (also for slow cooker)
Spring Broccoli Rigatoni with Chickpeas & Lemon
Summer Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce
Fall Warm Butternut Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing

BEST Chickpea Recipe for LUNCH ON-THE-GO
A Veggie Venture recipes
Chicka Chicka Chickpea Lunch

RAVE REVIEWS for CHICKPEAS
A Veggie Venture recipes
Chipotle Chickpea Salad

BEST Recipe for MEATLESS MONDAY
A Veggie Venture recipes
Chickpeas with Tomatoes, Spinach & Feta

BEST Chickpea Recipes for WEIGHT WATCHERS
Lucky break! Since chickpeas are "free" under Weight Watchers freestyle program, all these recipes are very Weight Watchers friendly. Still, watch especially for recipes that call for one or two or even more additional freestyle "free" ingredients such as chicken breast, spices and nearly all vegetables and even fruits.

BEST for THANKSGIVING WEEK
A Veggie Venture recipes
Quick Green Chile Stew



CHICKPEAS in EVERY COURSE
~ Even Breakfast! (Maybe) Even Dessert! (Maybe) ~


Chickpeas for BREAKFAST
No recipes yet, this is my reminder!

Chickpeas in Smoothies
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Chickpeas in APPETIZERS
Please see the hummus recipes above.

Chickpeas in BREADS
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Chickpeas in SALADS
A Veggie Venture recipes
Celery & Chickpea Salad 25min/25min – WW3 – PP4 – SP6 – FS3 – NetCarb13
Chipotle Chickpea Salad 20min/20 min – WW2 – PP3 – NetCarb 17
Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas 45min/45min – WW4 – PP5 – NetCarb28

Chickpeas in SIDE DISHES (HOT)
No recipes yet, this is my reminder!

Chickpeas in SOUPS
A Veggie Venture recipes
Gypsy Pot 45min/90min – WW2 – PP4 – NetCarb18
Quick Green Chile Stew 20min/40min – WW3 – NetCarb22
Vegan Chickpea Gumbo 30min/60min – WW.5/2 – PP1/2 – NetCarb3

Chickpeas in SANDWICHES, WRAPS & MORE
A Veggie Venture recipes
Chunky 'Choke & Chickpea Chow 15min/24hrs – WW1 – PP2 – NetCarb10
Eggplant Sandwiches with Cilantro Hummus 15min/15min – WW1 – PP2 – NetCarb11
Roasted Pepper & Hummus Sandwiches

Chickpeas in MAIN DISHES (SALAD SUPPERS)
A Veggie Venture recipes
Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas 45min/45min – WW4 – PP5 – NetCarb28
Warm Butternut Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing 40min/90min – WW7 – PP9 – NetCarb48

Chickpeas in MAIN DISHES (VEGETARIAN)
Kitchen Parade recipes
Broccoli Rigatoni with Chickpeas & Lemon

A Veggie Venture recipes
Chard & Chickpeas with Feta 30min/50min – WW7 – PP9 – NetCarb43
Chicka Chicka Chickpea Lunch 10min/10min – WW5/WW7 – PP4/PP5 – NetCarb24
Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce 30min/30min – WW5 – PP5 – NetCarb28
Chickpeas with Tomatoes, Spinach & Feta 25min/45min – WW4 – PP6 – NetCarb25
Eggplant & Tomato Curry 25min/60min – WW1/WW3 – PP2/PP4 – NetCarb10/20
Hot & Sour Chickpeas (Chana Masala) 15min/25min – WW3 – PP5 – NetCarb29
Pasta with Fresh Garbanzo Beans, Olives & Bacon 15min/25min

Chickpeas in MAIN DISHES (with MEAT)
Kitchen Parade recipes
Chickpea & Chicken Salad
Hearty Healthy Chicken Stew with Chickpeas & Kale
Slow Cooker Chicken, Chickpea & Kale Stew

Chickpeas in SAUCES
A Veggie Venture recipes
Roasted Eggplant “Hummus" (Eggplant & Chickpea Dip & Spread) 15min/24hrs – WW2 – PP2 – SP2 – FS1 – NetCarb5

Chickpeas in SWEETS & BAKING
No recipes yet, this is my reminder! Must work on something with aquafaba!



CHICKPEA SPECIALTIES


JUST Chickpeas, NO MORE
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FRIED Chickpeas Recipes
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PICKLED Chickpeas Recipes
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ROASTED Chickpeas Recipes
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Chickpea CASSEROLE Recipes
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MAGICAL MARRIAGES: Chickpeas +
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GLOBAL CUISINES: Chickpea Recipes from Across the World
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MOVING BEYOND THE STOVE & OVEN


Chickpeas on the GRILL
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Chickpeas in the MICROWAVE
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Chickpeas in the SLOW COOKER
Kitchen Parade recipes
Slow Cooker Chicken, Chickpea & Kale Stew

Chickpeas in the STOVETOP SMOKER
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