“ 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 ”
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).
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
What are your favorite ways to use chickpeas?
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