3 Great Chickpea Recipes: (# 1) Sunshine Hummus

by Andrea on March 7, 2012

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are extremely healthy.  Low in fat and high in fiber, they are especially good for diabetics or people who are insulin-resistant and can also help lower cholesterol.  Chickpeas are good for the digestive tract since a percentage of the fiber is insoluble, making them beneficial to the colon.  Additionally, they are  a good source of folic acid and contain minerals such as zinc, magnesium, and iron.  One other benefit is that chickpeas are a good source of protein.  As a matter of fact, when combined with a healthy grain they provide a complete protein!  This is great news for our vegetarian/vegan family since we don’t get any protein from animal sources.

Whether you’re vegetarian or not, adding chickpeas to your diet is easy and delicious.  And I’ve got 3 great recipes to get you started!

CHICKPEA RECIPE # 1:  Sunshine Hummus

We like hummus.  We like hummus a lot.  Especially my 7 year old.  Give her a bowl of hummus and some organic tortilla chips and she’s as happy as can be.  Together she and I came up with this recipe, dubbed “Sunshine Hummus” because the lemon juice brightens the taste and adds a little sunshine to the flavor.  During our cold winters, a little sunshine is a good thing.  But we like hummus year round and I’m sure once you taste this, you will too.

 

Sunshine Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cups drained chic peas
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 teaspoons  salt
  • 3 Tablespoons  sesame seeds
  • 3 Tablespoons  lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoons  agave (or honey)
  • 2 Tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup  water
  • paprika for garnish

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.  Scoop into a bowl and garnish with paprika. (If using a blender you’ll want to use a pulse setting for breaking apart the chickpeas and mixing it, scraping down the sides of the pitcher with a spatula. You may also add a tablespoon of water at a time if it needs to be thinned a bit for blending.)

Check out my next post for Chickpea Recipe Number 2: Chickpea Casserole!

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