Favorites on Friday...Chickpeas


I am officially on the Chickpeas (garbanzo bean) wagon!  Do you know about these little beans and how delish they are (and how healthy they are)?

If you want to see just how good for you they are, you can read all about them on an awesome site, a non profit with the mission of promoting healthy eating called "The World's Healthiest Foods"

Anyway, I've been experimenting with a bunch of different recipes and have found some gems to share with you. My food motto is: "Good for you can taste good to you" (I know, pretty catchy).  I am not one to eat something just because it's good for me...it has to taste great too. So with that in mind, I wanted to share some yummy/healthy recipes with you that have me feeling full and fantastic!

The first comes from one of my  new favorite blogs "Chocolate Covered Katie".  She makes healthy deserts..no seriously, like spinach ice cream and zucchini chocolate grasshopper pie.  Well...this one is AMAZING!  I served it for dessert last night and everyone loved it (even my husband who can smell "healthy" a mile away).  After they finished I told them it was primarily made of chickpeas!  They were shocked and happy!  She calls it "Blondie Batter Dip".  It is just like a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough.  We dipped apples and graham crackers in it.  Divine!

Here's the link (you're welcome): Blondie Batter Dip


Next up...Hummus!  We love it on our sandwiches, crackers, as a dip for carrots...well really any veggie and just about anything else we can think of to put it on.  I particularly love it with sun dried tomatoes, so this recipe is my new favorite. 


Last but not least...my new snacking addiction.  Roasted chickpeas! Yummy...they kind of remind me of the corn nuts I had every once in a while as a child...but not as hard.  So good.  I found this recipe for Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas and found that I like them a bit more if I leave them in the vinegar for about 15 mins. instead of 30.  YUM.


Hope you try at least one of these...if you do, let me know! Do you have any great chickpea recipes?
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100 Percent Cottam (June 3, 2011 at 6:13 PM)  

i'm a hummus junkie. in fact, i've got my container of grandma's hummus (available @ austin's farmer's markets) here with me now and i'm dip dip dipping my carrots. it's really the BEST hummus. come visit and we can share some! :)

Lori (June 3, 2011 at 6:42 PM)  

Veggie chips and hummus- a staple around here. We go back and forth between classic plain and funky flavors (roasted red pepper is a personal favorite). Megan is even getting in on the action. (Check out "Yummus" Blog entry in April.)

I saw this on Food Network a while ago and have been meaning to try it:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/spicy-baked-chickpeas-recipe/index.html

But every time I start craving chickpeas, I go for the classic recipe in my family:
Chickpeas
Diced onion (red or yellow)
Vinegar (I prefer red wine or balsamic)
Olive oil
Pepper

No measurements because the whole thing is basically "to taste". If you let it marinade for a few hours, it's best. But it goes together so quickly and easily that the salivary glands kick in and there's just no...

I gotta go make some.

Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life (June 6, 2011 at 5:25 AM)  

Can't wait to try the Blondie Batter Dip. Thanks for sharing.

This is a lunch staple in our house during the summer months (although I don't actually think it tastes like tuna salad)
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mock-Tuna-Salad/Detail.aspx

coryshay (June 9, 2011 at 5:45 PM)  

Yay! Thanks for the recipes! I can't wait to try that blondie dip! I made these "Chick-en Nuggets" with oven fries for dinner tonight and I thought they were quite tasty.

http://blog.superhealthykids.com/2010/06/chick-en-nuggets/

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