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Today, we're celebrating the humble chickpea with 12 creative vegetarian and vegan recipes that show you how to turn this simple bean into everything from hummus and falafel to hearty weeknight salads to even dessert. So what are you waiting for? Let's get chicky with it. Vijay, Recipe Hunter

Vijay Nathan, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter and Chef


Gettin’ Chicky With It: 12 Meatless Chickpea Recipes

Creative vegetarian ways to use chickpeas

Gettin' Chicky With It: 12 Meatless Chickpea Recipes

Using pantry staples is one of our go-to ways to get a healthy, hearty, and delicious dinner on the table without spending a ton of time or money. Today, we’re turning our attention to one of our favorite ingredients – chickpeas. While we’re typically not fans of canned items, canned beans like chickpeas are one of our favorite convenience foods because of how versatile they can be. In this collection of 12 weeknight-friendly vegetarian recipes using chickpeas, we show you just how creative you can be with a can of beans (even including dessert).

Ultra Smooth Homemade Hummus: There’s no more classic dish to make with chickpeas than hummus. Here, Courtney shows us a neat trick to make the smoothest hummus ever. (Recipe and photo: NeighborFood)

 Ultra Smooth Homemade Hummus from NeighborFood


Lemon Zest Roasted Chickpeas:  Roasting chickpeas with lemon zest turns them into a crunchy healthier snack alternative to nuts, popcorn, or chips. (Recipe and photo: In Pursuit of More on NoshOn.It)

 Lemon Zest Roasted Chickpeas from In Pursuit of More


Whole Wheat Orzo Salad with Kale, Chickpeas, Lemon, and Feta:  This healthy, hearty salad is delicious both cold and room temperature so make a big batch for dinner and save it for lunch all week. (Recipe and photo: Kalyn’s Kitchen on NoshOn.It)

 Whole Wheat Orzo Salad with Kale, Chickpeas, Lemon, and Feta from Kalyn's Kitchen 

Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea, and Quinoa Salad with Jalapeno-Lime Dressing:  Emma roasts both chickpeas and cauliflower for a lightly charred addition to this fresh, colorful, and spicy salad. (Recipe and photo: My Darling Lemon Thyme)

 Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea, and Quinoa Salad with Jalapeno-Lime Dressing from My Darling Lemon Thyme


Minty Yogurt Parfaits with Chickpeas and Walnuts:  Most people think of parfaits as being sweet, but this savory Mediterranean inspired version layers chickpeas with yogurt, walnuts, and raisins for an on-the-go lunch. (Recipe and photo: Betacyanin on NoshOn.It)

 Minty Yogurt Parfaits with Chickpeas and Walnuts from Betacyanin


Spiced Mushroom, Chickpea, and Tomato Stew:  Weather starting to cool down? This simple and hearty stew is the bowl of comfort you need after a long day. (Recipe and photo: Cookin’ Canuck)

 Spiced Mushroom, Chickpea & Tomato Stew Recipe from Cookin' Canuck 

Roasted Eggplant, Chickpea, and Summer Vegetable Tagine:  This Morrocan-inspired tagine stews eggplant, peppers, and zucchini with chickpeas and a host of spices for an exotic weeknight meal. (Recipe and photo: The Bojon Gourmet)

 Roasted Eggplant, Chickpea and Summer Vegetable Tagine from The Bojon Gourmet 

Zucchini Chickpea Burgers:  Chickpeas are the perfect “meaty” base for these veggie burgers which are kept moist with shredded zucchini. (Recipe and photo: Avocado Pesto)

 Zucchini Chickpea Burgers from Avocado Pesto 

Chickpea Sauté with Greek Yogurt: We’ve talked about how swiss chard is IN right now and this recipe sautés both the stems and the leaves with chickpeas, mint, and cilantro, topped off with creamy Greek yogurt. (Recipe and photo: Girl Versus Dough)

 Chickpea Saute with Greek Yogurt from Girl Versus Dough 

Roasted Tomato Spaghetti with Crispy Chickpeas and Dill:  Roasted tomatoes help create an intensely-flavored yet light sauce for this fresh weeknight pasta with pan-roasted chickpeas and fresh dill. (Recipe and photo: Bird & Cleaver)

 Roasted Tomato Spaghetti with Crispy Chickpeas and Dill from Bird and Cleaver 

Homemade Falafel with Tahini Yogurt:  What would a chickpea recipe roundup be without a falafel recipe? The secret to crispy, tender falafel is to used soaked, dried chickpeas instead of canned so they don’t fall apart when frying. (Recipe and photo: Little Ferraro Kitchen)

 Homemade Falafel with Tahini Yogurt from Little Ferraro Kitchen 

Garbanzo Bean Brownies:  Yes, you can even use chickpeas in dessert! Chickpeas make these chocolatey brownies both fudgey and gluten free. (Recipe and photo: The Roasted Root on NoshOn.It)

 Garbanzo Bean Brownies from The Roasted Root

What are your favorite ways to use chickpeas?

  • Alanna Taylor-Tobin

    These all sound and look amazing – thank you so much for including my tagine! 😀

  • Tricia

    I like curried chick peas. I use coconut milk with it to add some extra oomph!

  • Fay

    Garbanzo beans mmmmmm yummy! these sound really tasty, can’t wait to try them. Thanks heaps!!!

  • Pania Taipeti

    Hi there I am wanting to know why do people use chickpeas in most vegetarian diets?

    • because you asked

      high in protein, high in fiber, tasty and cheap. Also i think soybeans are more so used.