Happy Monday everyone!

Are you a chickpea person?  If not, try them and you may decide to become one.  Perhaps you are someone that consumes chickpeas on a regular basis without giving them much thought.  Or, maybe you are a person that never eats them.  Whichever side of the road you are on, this plant-based legume, known as the chickpea or garbanzo bean, is an excellent source of fiber, protein, carbohydrate and is low in cost.  Chickpeas contain selenium, phosphate, manganese, chlorine, folate and vitamin K as well.

Chickpeas are not considered a complete protein unless added to brown rice or another grain that hosts the complementary protein.You can purchase chickpeas dried or canned.  The dried beans need to be soaked and cooked according to package instructions.  Canned chick peas should be drained and rinsed well before using. .One cup of chick peas has about 270 calories, 15 grams of protein, 13 grams of fiber and only 4 grams of fat.

Here are some ways that I LOVE chickpeas:

-Sprinkled onto a green salad with roasted peppers, tomatoes, onions and feta cheese.

-Added to an easy pasta dish.  Sauté some garlic in olive oil, add rosemary, chickpeas and then your favorite jarred organic tomato sauce.  Add a touch of red wine and crushed red pepper flakes.  Simmer covered for 15 -20 minutes and serve over pasta with freshly grated parmesan,.

-Make hummis by pureeing a can of chickpeas with garlic, fresh lemon juice, tahini paste, and a little olive oil, salt & pepper.  Add a. touch of water as needed

-Roasting chickpeas brings out a nutty crunch and they are addicting! Pour out a drained, rinsed can pf chickpeas onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder.  Roast at 425 for 25-35 minutes, checking every 15 .  When they are slightly golden all over, they are done!

-Make an easy peasy bean salad by combining a canoe drained and rinsed chickpeas, black beans and a can of pink point beans.  Add some chopped red onion, some chopped parsley, cilantro and your favorite  vinaigrette. (option to add a bag of thawed organic corn kernels)  Serve with your summer cookouts or bring to a pot luck!

Enjoy adding chickpeas into your clean-ish lifestyle!

Keep it clean-ish,





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