5 Fantastic Chickpea Recipes

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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  1. says

    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 :)

    • Tara Newman says

      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.

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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!

    PS Thank you so much for the email offer- will do so this weekend :)

    • Tara Newman says

      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.

  6. says

    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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