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5 Fantastic Chickpea Recipes

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One of my favorite pantry staples are my cans of chickpeas.  It’s my opinion that the chickpea should win “THE most versatile legume” award.  They can be roasted, tossed in a salad, mashed into “tuna”. made into a desert, thrown in a chili and the list goes on and on.  As I write this post I am dunking cucumbers into buffalo flavored humus.  When John and I stayed in city last year for the NYC Triathlon, there was a line around the falafel truck at 4:00 in the morning!  Allow me to prove to you in 5 recipes exactly how versatile this lovely legume can be.

 5 Fantastic Chickpea Recipes via @familysportlife

My Favorite Vegan Tuna Fish Recipe/Mock Tuna Salad by Happy Herbivore

My “go-to” Party Food/Buffalo Ranch Roasted Chickpeas by Kid Tested Firefight Approved

Chickpea Comfort Food/Chickpea Cutlets by Post Punk Kitchen

Chickpeas for Desert/Chocolate Chip Blondies by Chocolate Covered Katie

One I would like to try/Minty Yogurt Parfait by BetaCyanin

Notes on the Buffalo Ranch Roasted Chickpeas: this recipe is easy to double, triple and even quadruple! I have also substituted Parmesan cheese for the nutritional yeast and it works.  I like mine best when I am heavy handed on the parsley.  I roast mine for longer than what the recipe says.  I like mine really crunchy!

Notes on the Chickpea Cutlets: I haven’t made these since I started eating meat again but these would please a meat eater.  They are hearty and can be used in any chicken dish like a Marsala or Parmesan.

Do you like Chickpeas? What is another versatile food?

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Tara Newman

  1. Mmmm couldnt agree more! I love to buy them raw, soak them and cook them myself too! These are some great recipes! I have tried the blondies, and they were great! I actually made black bean cookies a few weeks ago…..still have to put the post up, and they were good too!

    Chickpeas are so good for you, I need to make sure I eat more of them with the races coming up! So excited for Cherry Blossom, I really hope we can meet :)
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    March 21, 2014
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      We are getting into DC late on Friday. We are around all day Saturday. Do you have plans for breakfast, lunch or dinner? Would LOVE to meet up! Message me or email me.

      March 21, 2014
  2. We love chickpeas in my household too. We love mixing chickpeas with couscous, pine nuts, and feta cheese for a quick vegetarian dinner. I’ve never tried using chickpeas in a dessert though!
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      OMG – make that desert! They taste like cookie dough.

      March 21, 2014
  3. Homemade hummus with fresh veggies is a favorite in my house. Yum. I never thought to try chick peas for dessert. Definitely going to check out that blondie recipe.
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    March 21, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      Make the desert recipe! It’s AWESOME. Let me know if you make it.

      March 21, 2014
  4. YUM! I love chickpeas, too. (I actually pinned this post to my “I Love Chickpeas” board. hee hee.) I’ve never tried chickpeas in a dessert, but I do love black bean brownies, so it’s worth a try!
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      Black bean brownies are so yummy! Let me know if you try the desert recipe. We really love it.

      March 21, 2014
  5. Love the chickpea! And I think I’m really going to love that Buffalo Ranch Roasted Dip!!! Holy YUM!
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    March 21, 2014
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      Happy Birthday Mama!! Give the roasted ones a try and let me know how you like.

      March 21, 2014
  6. I love chickpeas. Once I opened up a can of them, poured it into a bowl, added olive oil and sea salt, and called it lunch. (I’m not much of a cook)
    I love the idea of using them for desserts! I’m so going to try the Blondies or the Parfait.
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    March 21, 2014
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      The parfait looks so good and unique! I am definitely trying that one next week.

      March 21, 2014
  7. Kim #

    I didn’t think I liked chickpeas until I finally made humus last May – loved it!!
    Since then I have added chickpeas to several things especially if I’m going for a Mediterranean flavor.
    I have been wanting to roast some and love the look of the barbecue ranch roasted ones.
    It might take me a little longer to come around to putting them in desserts – maybe one day.
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    March 21, 2014
    • Tara Newman #

      I think you would be surprised at how they taste as a desert. Very much like cookie dough.

      March 21, 2014
  8. I wish I could handle chickpeas but unfortunately, they make me feel so bloated! Strangely, hummus in small doses work well!

    A versatile food- I suppose I’ll be boring and say eggs!

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    March 21, 2014
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      Well, I love eggs so I will agree. I have to be careful with legumes too. Like too much fiber or something. Whatever you need, you email me when you are ready and have the time.

      March 21, 2014
  9. Absolutely adore the chickpea! My favorite way is to roast or to make a hummus. We love to make a dessert hummus too. Checking out the Buffalo Ranch recipe now!
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    March 21, 2014
  10. Another chickpea fan checking in. The mock tuna salad and buffalo ranch chickpeas look yummy. Definitely trying those!
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  11. I like hummus but not plain hummus as I’m not a huge chickpea fan. If a fan at all. But I do have a cucumber in my fridge right now and I’d love some hummus for it. Yum!
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    March 22, 2014
  12. I love chickpeas! Can’t wait to check these recipes out!
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  13. I LOVE chickpeas and I’m always looking for new ways to use them so I appreciate the ideas. Some other versatile foods I’ve been using are chia seeds and quinoa.

    March 24, 2014
  14. I love chickpeas. Especially in channa masala, but every other way too.
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