Ever since going vegetarian 6 years ago, and then vegan 4 years ago, chickpeas have become a huge part of my life. Whether a meat-eater or not, there are so many amazing chickpea recipes that are bound to blow your mind. Chickpeas are a great source of protein therefore following the consumption of recipes with chickpeas, you will definitely be left satiated and energized.
Another name for chickpeas is garbanzo beans so I will be using these two terms interchangeably throughout the duration of this blog. Today I am going to introduce to you a few of my favourite garbanzo bean recipes in hopes that you can welcome some more plant-based recipes into your everyday life. Progress within the healing of Mother Earth doesn’t take one person doing veganism perfectly but rather takes millions of people doing it imperfectly. If you think the smallest of changes in our everyday lives doesn’t have an impact on the planet, I am here to correct this misconception.
Even incorporating one of these easy chickpea recipes a week into your diet can begin to heal the damage we have all caused. So before I continue to ramble on, let’s start talking about recipes with garbanzo beans.
Coconut Chickpea Curry
The first of four recipes using chickpeas that I feel I must introduce to you is one of my favourites to create. This best garbanzo bean recipe is a classic Coconut Chickpea Curry. This recipe is one of my personal favourites because it is jam-packed with flavour and will leave you feeling warm, happy and full.
The ingredients for this recipe are quite simple and adaptable, so if you alter this recipe to better suit your flavour palette or the ingredients you already have, I’m sure the end product will still taste delicious.
All that’s needed is
- coconut oil,
- a yellow onion,
- tomatoes or tomato paste,
- sweet potato,
- cauliflower or broccoli,
- оne can of coconut milk,
- red curry paste,
- curry powder.
The process in which you add the ingredients to the pot is not so particular, starting with the oil and onions and finishing off with the coconut milk, water, and seasonings to taste. Cook until everything is soft and fragrant. Pair with your grain of choice and there you have it. One of the most simple and scrumptious recipes using garbanzo beans you will ever make.
Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Next up on the list of what to make with garbanzo beans is the famous Chickpea Salad Sandwich. The goal of this recipe is to attempt to impersonate the ever so popular tuna salad sandwich without the use of any animal or animal by-products. If you’re into quick and easy cooking you’re in luck because this is one of the most simple chickpeas recipes you will ever come to know.
All that’s needed is
- a can of chickpeas,
- vegan mayo,
- green onion,
- two slices of your favourite bread.
I personally enjoy pairing this concoction with fresh sourdough bread but I will leave this decision up to you. Adding your chickpeas to a bowl, you will mash them with a fork until they are ⅔ mashed smoothly and ⅓ left chunky. You will then add your desired amount of mayo, green onion, capers and seasonings and mix well. Once all incorporated, you will take your two slices of bread and smother them in your Chickpea Salad mixture. Feel free to add fresh cucumbers or tomatoes to this sandwich and enjoy. I promise this is going to be one of your all-time favorite quick chickpea recipes.
When dealing with easy garbanzo bean recipes, we cannot forget to talk about hummus. This simple delicacy can be consumed in a myriad of ways making it one of the most versatile and delicious chickpea recipes ever known to date. There are many ways to make hummus, but I think the best and most authentic way is to use tahini.
All that’s needed is
- olive oil,
- lemon juice,
- fresh garlic,
Adding your ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor, you will simply blend until smooth, adding small amounts of water to assist in the blending process. Once smooth, add your hummus to a beautiful dish and top with olive oil and a fresh herb of choices such as dill or parsley. Spread this hummus on sandwiches, add to salads, or dip fresh pita into this sea of goodness. Add a few olives on the side and you will be left with the biggest smile on your face.
Fresh Chickpea Salad
The final recipe on this list of good chickpea recipes I want to introduce to you is a Fresh Chickpea Salad. This recipe is extremely open for interpretation and freedom but here is my favourite combination of fresh foods.
All you need to do is add:
- cherry tomatoes,
- parsley and yellow peppers
into a large bowl. Toss your salad in a fresh lemon juice and olive oil dressing and season well with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. This recipe is one of the most simple and delicious salads you will ever have and is perfect for a side dish or a main on a warm summer day. So there you have it, four of the easiest and most delicious chickpea recipes you will ever try. Now you know how to cook chickpeas recipes like a professional.
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