In our opinion, chickpeas are one of the most underrated foods that are great to incorporate into a regular healthy diet. Also known as garbanzo beans, they are a legume rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A, C, E, magnesium, potassium and dietary fibre. For all you vegos out there you would most likely know that chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein with one serving providing 3 grams of protein. Although these tiny powerhouses contain almost all the amino acids essential to a balanced diet, it is important to remember that they should be paired with other sources of protein, such as whole grains, to enable full achievement of needed protein.
Beyond its convenience, insane taste and several health properties, chickpeas have also been seen to support weight maintenance. The protein and fibre in chickpeas allow for a slow digestion process, meaning your body is able to stay fuller for longer. This role is also supported by the fact that chickpeas are relatively low in calories due to its low glycemic index status which also promotes blood sugar management.
If it’s not obvious how healthy chickpeas are, they also taste incredible and are dynamic in their use. Whether it's seasoned with paprika to go with your avocado toast or tossed in with almost any salad, this ingredient has the power to take any dish up a notch to that professional status. We love roasting chickpeas in the air fryer, in the oven or on a pan, with salt, pepper, a dash of oil, and any mixed herbs. This cost effective and quick to make snack can be eaten on the go, as a lunchbox snack, or even as a side to a home cooked meal. Whether the mealtime, the seasoning, or the location, chickpeas are truly one of the best kitchen hacks.
The Roast Chickpea Recipe
COOK TIME = 10 mins on a saucepan
2 tablespoons of vegetable (or olive oil)
One teaspoon of minced garlic
1 can of chickpeas
1/3 cup of tamari (or soy sauce)
Dash of salt and pepper
- Add the oil and minced garlic to a medium heat in a saucepan. Once slightly simmering (2-3 minutes) add the tamari sauce to the pan and let simmer for another minute till it creates a slightly thick consistency.
- Add the chickpeas to the saucepan and make sure they are evenly coated. Cook for another 6 – 7 minutes.
- Once fully cooked, turn off the heat and add the chickpeas to your favourite dish, salad, or in a Tupperware container as an on the go snack!
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