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Chickpeas {Pantry Basics Series}


This week in our Pantry Basics Series we are talking about my favorite bean (or legume if you want to get technical.)  Is it weird that I have a favorite bean?  So far in this series we have talked about beans, oats,  lentils, and peanut butter.

Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are good sources of zinc, folate, and protein.  1 cup contains 269 calories with 45 g of carbs and over 12 g of protein and only 4.5g of fat.  Garbanzo beans contribute over 70% of  the recommended daily allowance of folate which is an important nutrient for pregnant women but may also play an important role in cancer prevention and heart health.  Chickpeas also contribute 84% of the magnesium you need in a day.  Magnesium is important in brain and nerve function.  Chickpeas also provide 26-28% of the iron your body needs in a day.    Research published in the April 2010 issue of the medical journal “Appetite” indicates that study participants who consumed garbanzo beans over a 12 week period ate less food, particularly cereals. Participants said their bowel function improved as well.

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Here are some recipes to get you started.


Cumin Spiced Chickpeas and Carrots


Chickpea Piccata

Chickpea Curry

Chickpea Salad (This one would be great for the warmer weather we have been having!)\

Spanish Chickpea Balls  (This is one of our favorites!)

Falafel (Another favorite!)

You could even try chickpeas in dessert!

Chocolate Chip Blondies


Now go cook up some chickpeas!


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  1. Chickpeas are by far my favorite bean, too! We love them in curries and salads, and I’ve also tried a similar white blondie bar. YUM!

  2. I cannot wait to check out those chocolate chip blondies! With chickpeas?! Genius!

  3. Chickpeas are the best! And making them from the dried is even better. I can’t believe it took me so long to break the canned bean habit.

  4. Ok I must take out my chickpeas of the pantry and start cooking

    • Let me know how it goes!


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