10 healthy recipes to make with everyone's favorite pantry staple: canned chickpeas!
The humble chickpea is one of the versatile beans, and a personal favorite. I use it in tacos, homemade curries, and to bulk up soups and stews. Its neutral flavor profile also bodes well for sweet recipes, such as buckeyes and blondies.
So, if you have a few cans on deck and need some recipe inspiration, this roundup has you covered. Whether it be for meal prep lunches, easy weeknight dinners, or fiber-rich snacks, there's something for everyone.
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Healthy Recipes using Canned Chickpeas:
Creamy Vegetable Soup *reader favorite!
Creamy Vegetable Soup (without cream) is a vegan and gluten-free favorite that comes together in one pot. This soup also leans on frozen vegetables, nuts, dried spices, and other long-lasting produce items. It's rich in fiber and plant protein, and is the true definition of healthy comfort food.
Chickpea Meatballs are freezer-friendly, kid-approved, and come together in just 20 minutes. Enjoy these vegetarian “meatballs” with pasta, in a sandwich, or over a salad for a healthy vegetarian meal. Kids also love eating these meatballs with their favorite sauce or condiment! Make a double batch and stick half in the freezer for later.
30 Minute Vegan Chickpea Curry
Chickpeas, kale and a wealth of aromatics simmer in a full-bodied curry sauce with rich depth of flavor. This vegan, gluten-free main comes together in only 30 minutes and is perfect for weeknight cooking. It's also rich in immune-boosting nutrients and anti-inflammatory spices--all crucial this time of year. Top it with a dollop of yogurt for some probiotic goodness!
15 Minute Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives marinated in a zippy lemon dressing with fresh herbs and feta. This quick, no-fuss salad is the perfect side to accompany sandwiches or soups. It also keeps well or at least 3 days, so you can enjoy it on repeat throughout the week.
Sweet Potato and Chickpea Peanut Stew
One of my absolute favorites, and a total hug-in-a-bowl. This Vegetarian West African-Inspired Stew is filled with chickpeas, sweet potato, peanut butter, and fire-roasted tomatoes. It leans on many pantry staples and shelf-stable produce to create a hearty stew that comes together in one pot. I guarantee this one will be a new family favorite!
Nourishing White Bean and Lemon Soup
Readers LOVE this simple, nourishing white bean soup. It comes together in one pot, and is brimming with fiber and plant protein. The lemon and rosemary are such lovely compliments to the vegetables and beans. Try it for easy make-ahead lunches or speedy weeknight dinner.
Vegan Cashew Butter Buckeyes
Snacks are always a MUST around here, and this vegan cashew butter buckeyes are a personal favorite. They replace butter with protein-rich chickpeas for a healthier twist on the classic. No one will guess these delicious treats are bean-based, and it’s a great way to sneak in extra fiber!
Chili Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos with Mango Salsa
An oldie but goodie, these vegan tacos are a weeknight staple! The mango salsa is a refreshing counter to the chili-roasted cauliflower and crunchy chickpeas. Enjoy this mixture in a toasty tortilla, or serve it over greens for a lighter twist. Either way, this meal is a total flavor fiesta, plus vegan and gluten-free.
Coconut Chickpea Curry with Mango
Coconut Chickpea Curry with mango, broccoli, and basil is the ultimate 30 minute meal. It's brimming with anti-inflammatory ingredients and vitamin C to help bolster immunity. Enjoy this vegan, gluten free curry for meal prep lunch or easy weeknight dinner.
Blueberry Kale Caesar with Smoky Chickpeas
The most incredible blueberry kale caesar salad made with wholesome ingredients and smoky, crunchy chickpeas. The chickpeas essentially serve as the croutons here, except way more delicious, in my opinion! This salad is vegan, gluten free, and a nutritious meal or side dish.
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