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Looking for healthy & delicious chickpea recipe ideas? These are the tastiest chickpea recipes on this little corner of the internet.
If you're wondering what you can make with chickpeas, I've got you covered. 1) I love chickpeas and use them often. 2) I have at least 5 cans of them in my pantry at ALL TIMES, and 3) Some of the most loved recipes on this blog are made with chickpeas! From adding them to salads to using them as a meat substitute in dishes - there are so many ways to use chickpeas.
Chickpeas are seriously PACKED with health benefits. They have 39g of protein in one cup and have a ton of iron and calcium. Adding more of them to your diet will do your body good!
P.S. Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans.
Ready for it? Here are the best chickpea recipes I've ever created + and I hope you love them, too!
7 Healthy Chickpea Recipes
These chickpea meatballs are one of the most loved recipes on my blog, of ALL TIME. They create a hearty soft-on-the-inside but crunchy-on-the-outside meatless meatball. I love to create meatball subs with them with a little vegan parm. A couple readers have even made these bad boys into chickpea burgers. YUM.
Sandi left this rad comment about these vegan meatballs and I love her for it:
So, I’m not vegan, but in the past year I’ve discovered that I AM dairy intolerant. As a result, I’ve ended up needing to wander into the vegan corners of Pinterest, which is how I found the recipe for your chickpea meatball sub which is how I found this recipe.
I’m going to say dude again
These are DELICIOUS!!! My husband even liked them (that is saying a lot. He’s not always a fan of my vegan/non dairy versions of things that usually incorporate dairy. But he is supportive because he knows how crappy I feel when I eat dairy. I’m rambling now). I made them Friday night, and just now grabbed a cold “meat” ball out of the fridge to eat as a mid afternoon pick me up and oh my gosh they’re even delicious when they’re cold. I’m going to go eat 3 more right now."
If you haven't tried adding chickpeas to salad, you just have to. The chickpeas in this gyro-inspired salad are skillet-roasted, but even chickpeas straight from a can are delicious in salad. This salad is topped with a dairy-free tzatziki sauce, toasted pita, and other ingredients you'd find in gyro! Fun.
You won't even miss the chicken in this vegan teriyaki recipe! Chickpeas add a great texture to dishes which makes them do so well as a chicken substitute. This recipe is NEXT LEVEL because, um, HELLO PINEAPPLE BOWLS. Super fancy and totally Instagrammable.
Chickpea salad is basically a vegan tuna salad recipe alternative. It tastes so similar, just less fishy of course. It's a healthy sandwich you can meal prep quickly and take with you to school or work all week. This chickpea salad recipe uses hot sauce for a kick of heat, and it's also totally free of mayo/oil.
Make this vegan chickpea soup when you're sick, or whenever you want because it's delicious and it's your life. Noodles, carrots, celery, chickpeas, oh my. When I need a hearty but nutritious soup, chickpea noodle soup is my go-to. Add a pinch of cayenne power and wow.
YOU GUYS. Y'ALL. EVERYBODY. This turmeric chickpea salad sandwich is glorious and everyone agrees. Rachel in the comments said, "I have to come back to you and report that I am now seriously addicted to this amazing sandwich filling. As I write this, I have beside me this most delicious vegan sandwich, with the chickpea spread and discs of organic bread and butter pickles and sweet grape tomatoes. I am in heaven, and to tell you the truth, I can’t imagine a better sandwich."
So, if you ever find yourself wondering hmmm what can I make with chickpeas? Listen to Rachel and make this sandwich because it's the best.
Last but not least, if you haven't made chickpea curry, your life is about to change. It did for me - but that's probably because I am both chickpea-obsessed and curry-obsessed...and combining the two was just MEANT TO BE in my world. Also life-altering? This recipe is made in ONE SINGLE POT. Even the rice. The vegetables. The sauce. One. Pot. I will never make curry any other way.
Now, you know just what to make with that can of chickpeas. Pin this so you don't forget! Bookmark it, e-mail it to your aunt Judy and tell your dog about it. My dogs love chickpeas, so, that is a completely valid suggestion.
Got some favorite chickpea recipes and want to tell me about it? I want to know! Leave me a comment!