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The Chickpea Way: 10 Amazing Ways To Enjoy This Superfood

Posted by Karen Mayo Marsh on 10th Feb 2016

With evidence that chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, help you feel more satisfied and consume fewer calories they're on everyone's shopping list. Filled with protein, folic acid, and fiber you just can't get enough of them. Or maybe you can...? Variety is the spice of life, so here are 10 fun recipes to help you keep the love for chickpeas.  

Chickpea Chopped Salad
Tossed with fresh veggies, almonds, olive oil, lemon juice and feta cheese this recipe is one you'll want to serve again and again. Cut your prep time in half by tossing all the ingredients to be chopped in a hardwood chopping bowl and use an extra sharp mezzaluna. 

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Who knew a touch of olive oil and spices could transform a can of chickpeas into a crunchy substitute for potato chips?

Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich
Tasty and filling, this sandwich is so high in fiber you'll be able to glide through the 3 pm slump! Scallions, lemon, celery, and feta and dimension to this tasty lunch treat.

Chopped Chickpea Greek Salad
With a multitude of flavors in every perfect bit, you just can't get enough of chopped salads. Try this Greek version with kalamata olives, feta, and fresh red, green, & yellow peppers. 

Healthy Sesame-Orange Ginger Stir-Fry
A meat-free stir fry that only costs about $8 to make. At just 248 calories a serving, this lip-smacking dish is a win-win. I always use our flat edge wooden spoon when stir-frying because the flat end helps scrape up all the yummy goodness (like a spatula) and the bowl of the spoon is great for turning the veggies over. 

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies
An egg-free, gluten-free, low in calories, rich in omega-3s, deliciously sweet way to hide superfood garbanzo beans in your kid's dessert. Brah, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!

Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Soup
A chunky, hearty, spicy soup to keep you warm. Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil for even more dimension. 

Pasta with Chickpeas and Garlic Sauce
Who knew that chickpeas + garlic + cheese + food processor = and amazingly creamy (yet healthy!) sauce to top your favorite pasta?

Mediterranean Chickpea Patties
Top a fresh green salad with this healthy version of a savory fried cake. 

Beet Hummus
Yes, Beet Hummus. Calls for beets, tahini, garlic, lemon, cumin, salt and pepper. It's a shocking purple concoction that gets everyone talking. So rich in antioxidants it makes sense to eat beets regularly. And, when you eat a superfood-chickpeas-meets-superfood-beets hummus you just may feel like donning a cape! 

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