Chickpeas are SO versatile they can be made into just about anything, and these easy chickpea recipes are going to help you find your next favorite healthy meal or snack!
Chickpeas are one of the most amazing foods I’ve come across. They can be made into so many different foods including main dishes, sides, and even desserts.
Folks are even using the liquid they are cooked in, aka aquafaba, to make a huge assortment of recipes including mayonnaise, cookies, and cornbread.
Chickpeas vs garbanzo beans
When you shop for chickpeas, you’ll notice that there are two different names for them. So what is the difference between chickpeas and garbanzo beans? Absolutely nothing!
Though they are known by two names, chickpeas and garbanzo beans are actually the same bean. From what I have read, the word chickpea derives from the Latin word cicer, referring to the plant family of legumes. The word garbanzo comes from its Spanish-derived name. The takeaway here is Different names, same bean.
Whether you make your own chickpeas or simply buy a can from the store, this is a staple you need to keep on hand at all times. In addition to making amazingly delicious dishes, these little bean wonders are loaded with protein and fiber.
What recipes can you make with chickpeas?
Need some ideas to get you started? In addition to being perfect for adding to any salad or soup, chickpeas make terrific sandwiches, burgers, and snacks. Take a peek at this list of healthy vegan chickpea recipes for inspiration.
To give you an idea of how versatile this little bean is, take a look at this list of some of my favorite chickpea (garbanzo bean) recipes that includes everything from piled-high sandwiches to chocolate hummus dip.
Falafels are one of the most widely recognized foods from the Middle East, and with good reason. These deliciously nutty and herby chickpea patties are fabulous on pita sandwiches, salads, and so much more!
This oil-free hummus with roasted red pepper requires only a handful of ingredients and a few minutes to make. If you have 10 minutes and a blender or food processor, you've got a delicious healthy snack.
This low-fat Italian Vegan Hummus is delicious on sandwiches, in wraps, or served with fresh vegetables and pita bread. It’s completely oil and tahini-free, so the calories and fat per serving are very low.