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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Let's reinvent the chickpea


Chick peas are perhaps better known by their name garbanzo beans. They are a roundish shape, beige in color to light green members of the legume family grown primarily in part of West Asia, India, and in the Mediterranean. Most  people are familiar with chick peas as either used whole in salads, or ground up to make the popular Middle Eastern dish hummus.
Chick peas also can be ground up and used as a flour called gram flour. They may be used in this fashion to make falafel, or to make a variant of tofu made by the people of Burma. It is usually known as Burmese tofu.
 Chick peas are an excellent nutritional choice. A serving of chick peas has about 4 ounces (113.39 g) or half a cup has about 17 grams of dietary fiber and 19 grams of protein. They are also considered more digestible than most other beans.

So before I went Vegan like or plant-strong(happy) I ate chickpeas only in salad and hummus. NOW I have ground them up to make a mock "tuna".
I also made a recipe from the Happy Herbivore called Terayki pineapple chickpeas
You can make salad dressing from chickpeas
blend 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas with 1 peeled and pitted and sliced avocado then add 1/2 cup and 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and some minced garlic.. I don't use oil.. but you could add oil, cumin and a little sea salt. I love ground pepper with mine.

I make a hummus with chickpeas with roasted carrots.. I had never heard of it.. until a facebook friend posted her recipe... and I really enjoyed the new flavor.. I usually add roasted red peppers.
I put it in a martini glass with cucumber slices and poppy seeds.
  I also braise cooked chickpeas with onions and tomatoes and kale and serve over quinoa or couscous.
I love to saute swiss chard with minced garlic and I always toss some chickpeas with it... to make a side dish....


Tonight I am making the yellow beets over arugula with chickpeas.. I will omit the jalepeno yogurt but I must admit it sounds good.
This recipe above is fromwww.bonappetit.com 
it as a recipe about best summerchickpea recipes.

I love Gnocchi and very rarely have it but squash Gnocchi is my favorite... this Martha Stewart recipe is so easy I use it a lot...www.marthastewart.com/313994/quick-chickpea-curry
I have tons more recipes to share but it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood and my son is home today so we are going on a hike....before the sun get's too hot. ENJOY

and I saw this.. chickpea magazine.... thought it was fun.
http://issuu.com/chickpeamag/docs/fall2011/1

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