Chickpeas - the best thing since sliced bread...Jan 28, 2021
If you are not already a fan of chickpeas then you should be! They are truly amazing. If you want to kickstart a healthier eating regime then these are a good place to start.
High in protein, inexpensive, tasty, gluten free, low GI, cheap, versatile - the list goes on.
We are big fans (as you can probably tell). Even Stuart, who is much more a meat-eater than I am, loves them. He will have them in some meals instead of meat but he also has a favourite curry that he makes which he calls Chick - Chick Curry, which is Chicken and Chickpeas because they go so well together.
These are just some of the other things we use them for:
- We also add them to soups, stews, salads.
- I make hummus with them.
- I bake breads/cakes (such as banana bread/blondies) with them.
- I make fritters with them.
- Dried chickpeas can also be ground up (I have a powerful food processor) to make Besan Flour which can be used in various recipes.
And this is only a fraction of what you can do with them!
Scroll down for my current favourite chickpea blondie recipe.
You can buy them canned, but if you are a true chickpea devotee, as I am, then cans will not cut it for you. I buy them dried (organic) in bulk (the last order I bought was for 22kg of dried organic chickpeas!).
That IS A LOT of chickpeas, even for me, but because they are dried they last indefinitely.
They work out much less expensive than canned chickpeas, they are better for the environment (no tin cans, just a paper sack) and because they are in bulk the cost of them being organic is way less than organic tinned and of course non-organic tinned chickpeas.
I also cook them in bulk. They are really simple to cook. Just soak overnight, rinse and then boil next day for about an hour. I usually do 1-2 kg (dried) at a time and what I do not use that day I freeze (we have a large freezer).
It is a good idea to freeze them in various-sized portions so that you can just grab a small amount to add to whatever you are cooking that day, or a larger amount if you are making a slow cooker stew, curry, or blondies etc.
So, why don't you start out with a 1kg or 2 kg bag of dried chickpeas and give them a go if you would like to seriously improve your diet and save money at the same time? If you get into using them you can buy them in bulk in the future.
This is my current favourite recipe for Chickpea Blondies, I am not kidding, a coffee and one of these is heaven and healthy:
Healthy Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies (NO flour!)
www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com/chocolate-chip-blondies-and-theyre-good-for-you from the Chocolate Covered Katie website, one of my favorites.
I use Erythritol instead of sugar (I will write a separate blog post about the sweeteners I use for baking), I only use vanilla extract if I happen to have it in (I feel it gets lost taste-wise and it is expensive so to me it is not all that important) and I use low sugar dark chocolate drops (such as these www.plamilfoods.co.uk/catering-packs/no-added-sugar-chocolate-catering-drops-72-cocoa-1kg).
Here are the pictures of my latest batch, one with extra choc chips on top (look at me doing photos of food, just like a real food blogger!).
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