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Creative Chickpea Recipes That Go Beyond Hummus
The Creative Chickpea
Beans are nutrient-dense and come in a variety of forms. Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are a protein-rich, high-fiber pulse that originated in the Middle East. In just half a cup, you'll find more than 7 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and only 2 grams of total fat. With this being the year of the pulses, now's the perfect time to try these dietitian-approved chickpea recipes that will leave you totally satisfied. Related: Here are more Fiber-Rich Pulses to Try Now!
Sara Haas, R.D.N., L.D.N.
Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing
"Build a more nutritious and filling salad by using chickpeas as the base," says Sara Haas, R.D.N., L.D.N. This recipe piles on lots of veggies and tosses everything together with a satisfying tahini dressing, making a healthy snack or side dish.
Get the recipe: Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing
Elizabeth Shaw, M.S., R.D.N., C.L.T.
Naturally Vegan Gluten-Free Hummus
This hummus recipe is a must-have in your chickpea arsenal. You get a hearty dose of fiber and protein just from the chickpeas, but if you pair it with whole-wheat crackers or pita bread, you're serving your body a complete protein snack.
Get the recipe: Naturally Vegan, Gluten-Free Hummus
Natalie Rizzo, M.S., R.D.
"Filled with protein, chickpeas provide long-lasting energy to get you through a rough morning or long afternoon," says Natalie Rizzo, M.S., R.D. Half a cup contains 7g of protein and will cost you just about 130 calories.
Get the recipe: Roasted Chickpeas Two Ways
Alexandra Caspero, M.A., R.D., C.L.T., R.Y.T.
Easy Vegan Yellow Curry Bowls
"Save this one for when you want curry in a hurry," says Alexandra Caspero, M.A., R.D., C.L.T., R.Y.T., author of Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation, of this easy and delicious recipe. The flavorful sauce is the perfect addition to a bowl of vegetables and protein-packed garbanzo beans.
Get the recipe: Easy Vegan Yellow Curry Bowls
Abbey Sharp, R.D.
Crispy Chickpea Greek Salad with Pomegranates and Tzatziki Drizzle
"Broiled until crispy with the seasonings of tzatziki sauce, these chickpeas add crunch, fiber, and protein to this low-calorie Greek salad," says Abbey Sharp, R.D. With a combination of chopped veggies, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and olives, this salad is easy to put together. And that is exactly what your busy weeknights need.
Kristina LaRue, R.D.N., C.S.S.D.
Slow Cooker Steak Nachos with Spicy Butternut Squash Queso
These savory steak nachos are as flavor-filled as it gets, says Kristina LaRue, R.D.N., C.S.S.D. "Butternut squash makes the queso creamy with only half the usual amount of cheese to save fat and calories," she says. Plus, you give the recipe a boost of fiber by tossing in those chickpeas.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Steak Nachos with Spicy Butternut Squash Queso
Deanna Segrave-Daly, R.D.
Cucumber Avocado Soup with Moroccan Chickpeas
"I've loved garbanzo beans (or ceci beans, as my Italian family would call them) since I was a kid," says Deanna Segrave-Daly, R.D.N. Keep a few cans in your pantry so you can easily give any salad, soup, grain dish or roasted vegetable a boost of protein and fiber.
Get the recipe: Cucumber Avocado Soup with Moroccan Chickpeas
Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D.
Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondie Cups
This sweet treat sounds indulgent, but thanks to healthy swaps like chickpeas for flour, ripe bananas for butter, and maple syrup for refined sugar, it only tastes bad for you. You'll pump up your dessert with more protein, fiber, and vitamins while decreasing calories and saturated fat. "Trust me, you've never tasted a more delicious and dense chocolate chip cookie cup," says Holley Grainger, M.S., R.D., culinary nutritionist.
Get the recipe: Mini Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondie Cups
Jessica Fishman Levinson, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N.
Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta
"Pasta dishes are often lacking protein and fiber, so adding garbanzo beans to the sauce in my Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta recipe gives this pasta dish a boost of those two nutrients, making it more filling," says Jessica Fishman Levinson, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N., culinary nutrition expert and blogger.
Get the recipe: Creamy Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta
Sarah Koszyk, M.A., R.D.N.
Crockpot Garbanzo Bean and Vegetable Curry Stew
There's 7.5g of protein in this vegan dish. "Your taste buds will be wowed," says Sarah Koszyk, M.A., R.D.N., author of 25 Anti-Aging Smoothies for Revitalizing, Glowing Skin.
Get the recipe: Crockpot Garbanzo Bean and Vegetable Curry Stew
Lindsey Pine, M.S., R.D.N., C.S.S.D., C.L.T.
Smoky Butternut Squash, Chard, and Chickpea Soup
"This soup is healthy, yet hearty and almost a little naughty because of the bacon," says Lindsey Pine, M.S., R.D.N., C.S.S.D., C.L.T. It's filling enough to be a main dish because of the chickpeas, which also add protein, iron, folate, and a dose of phytonutrients. "Chickpeas are an excellent source of fiber, including the kind that produces short-chain fatty acids, which are great for gut health," adds Pine.
Get the recipe: Smoky Butternut Squash, Chard, and Chickpea Soup