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What Are Chickpeas And How Do I Cook With Them?

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Chickpeas have recently gotten a lot of popularity in the health world, and for good reason! The chickpea, also called a garbanzo bean, is a legume of the plant family Fabaceae and is a superfood that is high in protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and more. Continue reading to learn more about chickpeas and how to include them in your daily recipes!

Health Benefits

Chickpeas are full of health benefits and pack an average of 5 grams and protein and about 20 percent of your daily fiber in each serving. Chickpeas are also great for weight loss, as the high protein and fiber help to keep your appetite under control. Protein and fiber also work to slow digestion, which helps promote fullness. In addition to plain chickpeas, you can find chickpeas combined with popular flavors such as BBQ, chocolate, sea salt, and more to make the perfect healthy snack.

Baking Chickpeas

Chickpeas are the main ingredient in many dishes, such as hummus and falafel, but they can also be added to various meals, ranging from salads, soups, pasta dishes, and much more!

If you’re in the mood for a simple snack, crispy roasted chickpeas make the perfect recipe. All you’ll need is one (15-ounce) can of chickpeas (they may be labeled as garbanzo beans,) one tablespoon of olive oil, ½ teaspoons of kosher salt, and 1-2 teaspoons of spices or finely chopped fresh herbs of your choosing, such as chili powder, curry powder, garam masala, cumin, smoked paprika, rosemary, or thyme.

Heat your oven to 400 degrees, then rinse and drain the chickpeas with a strainer in your sink. After rinsing thoroughly, pat them dry with a clean dishtowel or power towels until they feel dry to the touch. Spread the chickpeas on an even layer of your baking sheet, and drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt, making sure they are evenly coated. Roast for about 20-30, stirring the chickpeas every ten minutes. Lastly, sprinkle the spices or herbs of your choosing, and serve while warm.

Pasta e Ceci

Pasta e Ceci, or pasta and chickpeas, is one of Rome’s most iconic dishes, and is one of the easiest recipes to follow! In fact, you likely have all five ingredients in your pantry, and it only takes 20 minutes to complete.

For 2 servings, you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste

  • 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas (from one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed)

  • ½ cup uncooked ditalini pasta (or another small shape)

  • 2 cups water

  • Black pepper or red pepper flakes, to taste

In a medium pot or deep saute pan, heat two tablespoons of olive oil until it shimmers, then add in the garlic until it is barely browned. Stir in your tomato paste, salt, and pepper and cook for a quick 30 seconds, then add in the rinsed chickpeas, pasta, and water. Stir for a moment, the lower the heat and simmer until the pasta is cooked and a good amount of liquid is absorbed (about 15-20 minutes.) Season to taste, and enjoy this delicious and simple dinner!

Recipe from: www.smittenkitchen.com  

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