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25 Surprising Ways to Eat Canned Chickpeas

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos

This vegetarian taco recipe has oven-roasted chickpeas and cauliflower in a spice blend that’s sure to make your kitchen smell deliciously aromatic. The healthy lime crema dolloped on top adds a cool, citrus contrast to this flavorful vegetarian meal.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Firecracker Chickpea Meatballs

These little veggie balls made with canned chickpeas are smothered in a spicy firecracker sauce for the ultimate flavor punch. You can serve them as a tasty party appetizer or tucked into a hoagie roll for a satisfying meat-free sandwich. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

‘Chickpea of the Sea’ Tuna Salad Sandwich

If you’re looking for an alternative to tuna salad sandwiches, this chickpea-based version is exactly what you need. It has all the same great flavors of the classic sandwich and a pleasing, chunky texture that works incredibly well in place of the original protein. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Kung Pao Chickpeas

Canned chickpeas replace chicken in this takeout-style kung pao recipe. With a simple sauce and a handful of stir fry ingredients, it comes together in just 20 minutes and will wow you with its authentic flavor.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Falafel Burger

Although dried chickpeas are recommended when it comes to making traditional falafel balls, you can use canned ones to make this mouthwatering Mediterranean-style burger. Filled with that signature herbed flavor, the patties bake up in the oven ’til nicely browned and crispy. Top with tzatziki or your favorite creamy sauce. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Lentil & Chickpea Meatloaf

This plant-based recipe for mock meatloaf is a total game changer for your canned chickpeas. It’s also got canned lentils, finely chopped nuts and a tangy ketchup-balsamic glaze that gives it a gorgeous shiny finish.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Harissa Baked Eggs with Chickpeas, Spinach and Sumac

This vibrant recipe for baked eggs offers a spicy, protein-rich version of North African shakshuka. Canned chickpeas and fresh baby spinach bulks up the one-pan meal that you can easily adjust to your heat tolerance.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Pasta e Ceci (Italian Pasta and Chickpea Stew

Pasta e ceci literally means pasta with chickpeas in Italian and is a tasty, budget-friendly dish you can make any night of the week. Canned chickpeas are paired with short ditalini pasta and fresh chopped kale in this cozy recipe for a nourishing, tomato-y stew you’ll love.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Vegan Spicy BBQ Chickpea Pizza

Sweet and spicy BBQ chickpeas make for a delish pizza topping in this easy, vegan recipe. Made with whole-wheat pizza dough, fresh tomato sauce and vegan mozzarella cheese, it’s definitely one of the healthiest, most nourishing pizzas you’ll ever try.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Pesto Risotto, Roasted Tomatoes & Chickpeas

Crispy roasted chickpeas and confit cherry tomatoes provide a stunning topping to creamy pesto risotto in this creative recipe. With fewer than 500 calories per serving, it makes for a completely satisfying yet healthy weeknight dinner.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Miso Mushrooms with Chickpeas and Kale

Earthy chestnut and shiitake mushrooms combine beautifully with canned chickpeas and fresh kale in this umami-filled dish. Spiced up with chili flakes and topped with a dollop of savory almond ricotta, it’s a great way to fancy up an everyday pantry staple with minimal effort. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

“Cheezy” Chickpea, Broccoli and Cauliflower Rice Casserole

You won’t believe the “cheesy” sauce in this comforting broccoli and cauliflower rice casserole is made without any cheese whatsoever. The incredibly creamy sauce coats the broccoli, chickpeas and riced cauliflower perfectly, creating a plant-based dish that will keep you coming back for more. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Greek Marinated Chickpea Salad

In this Greek-style salad with pickled onions, spinach, feta and chargrilled peppers, canned chickpeas are marinated before being combined with the rest of the ingredients, which adds a significant flavor boost. You’ll taste the difference immediately, compared to when they’re simply rinsed and drained. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Leblebi (North African Chickpea Soup)

Tuck into a bowl of this cozy North African soup made with crushed tomatoes, chickpeas and spicy harissa, to serve. Canned chickpeas can be used in place of dried (check the recommended quantity), and you can even make the harissa from scratch with simple ingredients. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Toasty Pumpkin Chickpea Fritters

These crispy pumpkin chickpea fritters are ready in just 20 minutes, and they make for an easy snack or appetizer for any occasion. Filled with a combination of sweet and savory flavors, they’ll go perfectly with your favorite homemade creamy herbed sauce. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Tandoori Hummus

Put an exotic twist on regular hummus with this tandoori-style version. Garam masala adds a combination of warm, floral, sweet and slightly spicy flavors, while an aromatic tempering oil is drizzled on top. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Fluffy Chickpea Scramble

We bet you’ve never tried eating chickpeas this way before! Seasoned with Indian-style spices, this chickpea scramble is the ultimate vegan alternative to scrambled eggs, and it’s surprisingly simple to make! Baba ganoush helps bind the ingredients together and also tastes delicious as a condiment with the finished dish. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Tabbouleh Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Serve up this protein-packed vegetarian meal the next time you’re craving the refreshing taste of homemade Middle Eastern tabbouleh. Quinoa replaces traditional bulgur, while chickpeas add extra bulk alongside the fresh herbs and veggies. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Sheet Pan Chickpea Fajitas

Give your fajitas a yummy meat-free makeover with this fuss-free sheet pan recipe that opts for crispy seasoned chickpeas in place of chicken or beef. Sliced zucchini gets added for extra bulk, and you can top them off with all your favorite Tex-Mex garnishes.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Chickpea Pot Pie

This vegetarian pot pie is filled with comfort in every bite, and the chickpeas add a nice bulky texture to the classic veggie filling of peas, carrots and potatoes. Made with a flaky pie crust, it’s so satisfying you won’t even miss the chicken. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Healthy Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

The partially mashed chickpeas in these lettuce wraps are full of spicy curried flavor. Combined with raisins, celery and chopped walnuts in crisp lettuce wraps, they’re just as good as their meat-based cousins in this light and healthy dish. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Cobb Salad with Smoky Chickpeas

Mix up your Cobb salad routine with this original recipe that’s anything but boring. Loaded with spiced pan-fried chickpeas, red rice, fresh fruit, hard-boiled egg and veggies, it also gets drizzled with a creamy goat cheese dressing for a sweet and tangy finish.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Thai Chickpea Salad with Peanut Sauce Dressing

This gluten-free Thai chickpea salad is chock-full of veggies, and it comes together in a mere 10 minutes. Tossed in a creamy peanut sauce dressing, it’s crunchy, fresh and oh-so-satisfying. Get the recipe here.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Lemony Egg in a Spinach-Chickpea Nest

Baby spinach and chickpeas form a cozy nest in this simple recipe made with six ingredients plus salt and pepper. Ready in just five minutes, it’s the perfect easy and healthy meal to start your day off right.

food, 25 surprising ways to eat canned chickpeas

Chickpea Bruschetta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Switch up your classic tomato bruschetta topping with this heartier version of chickpeas and sun-dried tomatoes. Ready in 10 minutes, it’s an easy appetizer or snack that requires little chopping and can be made ahead of time. Get the recipe here.

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