by Tammy Taylor~
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Recently we were gathered with a few friends and RancherMan overheard me speaking with a friend who was asking about garbanzo beans. (also known as Chickpeas). She had some and didn’t know what to do with them. I was pretty excited about my suggestions and RancherMan had to smile. Afterward he suggested I do a series of posts about food that people may need suggestions about. So this is my first of such series and I’m talking about chickpeas.
A can of chickpeas is pretty inexpensive to buy, but chickpeas are even CHEAPER if you buy a bag of dried beans instead of canned. I like that because I’m
cheap, I mean broke, errr – careful with our money. I’ve been very successful in cooking dried chickpeas very quickly using a pressure cooker – provided I’d pre-soaked the beans. And the cost (and landfill-bound trash) is significantly reduced – that really means a lot to me. But now that you’ve got chickpeas, what do you do with ’em?
A Healthy Serving Of Beans
Of course you can eat chickpeas like you would any other bean, just seasoned as a side dish. I like to toss in a pinch of cumin. They’re a great plant-based protein and they’re loaded with fiber, iron, B vitamins & more. We enjoy garbanzos from time to time this way.
A Crunchy Snack
I’ve also drained chickpeas, added enough flavored olive oil to coat & seasoned with garlic salt, cajun spice, whatever suited my fancy. Then I tossed the chickpeas until they were evenly coated and placed them on a baking pan in an oven preheated to 450 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes until crunchy. (be watching so it doesn’t burn) It’s a healthier snack for my handsome RancherMan and he really enjoys both the taste and the crunch.
A Creamy Dip
But my favorite way to enjoy chickpeas is by making my own Homemade Hummus. Our youngest daughter shared the recipe with me a couple of years ago and she was right, it really is ‘Stupid-Easy’ to make! I just place drained chickpeas and a few other simple ingredients/seasonings in my *Ninja Blender, whirr them for a few seconds and BOOM! Hummus! I’ve made & served this delicious yet healthy snack food at many gatherings.
How do you most like to enjoy chickpeas?
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