The little pea known as the chickpea or the garbanzo bean is, in this writer’s opinion, vastly under-utilized. While well known as the main ingredient in hummus, the humble chickpea has many lesser-known uses. Once you learn its secrets, homesteaders and preppers will gladly keep chickpeas on the shelf.
This pea is now a must in my pantry for many reasons, but the most compelling is that I enjoy it tremendously. It fits fabulously in my new gluten and sugar free lifestyle, which mostly follows the 90/10 rule which my medical provider explained to me is staying on track eating a pure whole foods, more paleo diet, knowing that 10 % of the time we may stray ever so slightly. For me, rather than craving junk food these days, a treat food might be my homemade garlic hummus.
I have been researching foods I love and find myself craving this little pea and adding it to a variety of dishes.
Packed With Nutrition
Did you know the chickpea is packed with about 12.5 g. of fiber per cup? In one tablespoon they have about 2. 4 grams of protein, making it a great protein boost for vegetarians. Since it is not a complete protein, I often add bits of chicken to my Chana Masala.
They aren’t just a “chickpea” they are also a “quickpea” meaning they are a great quick “pick me up” after a long day at work, and it’s a healthy alternative to processed foods loaded with chemicals and preservatives.
Dried Or Canned?
I actually like both and recommend them for your food storage pantry. The dried chickpeas are probably best saved for soups and stews because they never get as soft as canned chickpeas. (My family has moaned and groaned about this many times.) It doesn’t seem to matter how long I soak them. Canned chickpeas produce a smoother final product for hummus.
My Favorite Recipes
My favorite recipes using this gem of a bean are Channa Masala, which is a soup or a stew. This amazing meal calls for the turmeric, roasted chickpeas, and homemade hummus. Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making this an even better meal.
Even if you don’t like cooking, most grocery stores have varieties of hummus, including roasted red pepper, garlic, plain, spinach, and artichoke. Another pleasant fact about chickpeas is that they are also gluten free, a bonus for those that are sensitive to gluten or have celiac disease.
A Natural Appetite Suppressant?
Chickpeas seem to naturally curb my appetite because they are packed with fiber, in particular, the kind of fiber that is soluble, which helps to lower cholesterol and slows down the absorption of sugar. This means it’s a low-glycemic food. I can vouch that the chick pea is a natural appetite suppressant because after I eat it for lunch or dinner I don’t usually crave snacks. I don’t know about you, but a food that I like and is healthy, well, that’s exciting!
Why These Cheeky Chickpeas Will Stay On My Shelf
Both dried and canned chickpeas are a food item that I can store in my long term food storage. They quickly cooks up into several dishes, including some that might surprise you. Chickpea cookies, anyone?
And did I mention that they are so tasty and easy to season that they taste good by themselves? Try a variety of seasonings, herbs, and spices for different types of recipes.
If you have ever followed a paleo diet for long term, as a purist, you might start to crave carbohydrates. Chickpeas are the one carb that I have allowed into my diet. This pea (legume) is so versatile, and I have even won over the men in my household who now enjoy its taste and actually look forward to my soups or stews where I have added this lovely creamy orb of deliciousness. I hope you and your family will enjoy them too! Do you have a favorite chick pea or garbanzo bean recipe?
I would love to hear about it! Please share in the comments and I am always looking for new ways to cook them up!
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