Great source of plant-based protein, chickpeas – which have earned their place among the so-called superfoods – are magnificently versatile.
Very satisfying, hearty and light at the same time, chickpeas (also called garbanzos) are one of the most perfect foods. Key ingredient in hummus, the glory of chickpeas doesn’t stop there. High in protein and fiber, naturally gluten-free, they are a very filling food that may help lower appetite and reduce calorie intake at meal, which makes them a perfect plant-based protein in replacement for meat or fish for vegans and vegetarians.
Whether you use them in the shape of the bean or in flour, you will find endless possibilities to cook them, in a way that you can never get tired of them!
1. Thai Green Curry Vegan Meatballs
These amazing Thai Green Curry Vegan Meatballs will surprise you with their look-alike aspect and texture. Prepared with a creamy Thai green curry sauce, they make a great satisfying meal to serve with a side of jasmine rice.
2. Veggie Beet Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust (Gluten-Free)
Bring pizza to another dimension with this crust prepared with cauliflower and chickpeas! Easy to put together with just a few ingredients, it makes a beautiful gluten-free pizza and is a great way to increase your vegetable intake.
3. Vegan Chocolate Mousse with… aquafaba !
Did you know that you could even use the water in which chickpeas have been cooked (or from a can of chickpea) and create a beautiful recipe out of it? Just whip them up and you end up with an excellent substitute to whipped egg whites! This delicious Vegan Chocolate Mousse with Aquafaba will fool you… and anyone trying it, believe me!
4. Roasted Lemon Cauliflower & Halloumi Pita Pockets with a Vegan Aïoli (made with aquafaba!)
Aquafaba (again, this viscous chickpea water) can also be used to prepare a vegan aïoli, such as in this Roasted Lemon Cauliflower & Halloumi Pita Pockets with a Vegan Aïoli, which is one of my favorite veggie sandwich. You can even replace the halloumi cheese with chickpeas to make it a 100% vegan!
5. Vegan Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers
Chickpeas can also be used in the form of flour, helping veggie burgers to hold their shape beautifully while adding more nutrition to them. This Sweet Potato Veggie Burger is a hit among my readers. Try it out!
6. Greek Zoodles with Spiced Roasted Chickpeas (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Put some sun in your plate and prepare this Greek Zoodles with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Spiced Roasted Chickpeas. Both vegan and gluten-free, this beautiful dish is very healthy and tasty at the same time. Oh, and if you don’t own a spiralizer, you can still dice the zucchini instead!
7. Roasted Cauliflower Hummus (Gluten-Free)
Ah… hummus! Probably one of the most popular way to use chickpeas in middle eastern countries. I added my little twist to this one, using roasted lemons and cauliflower. The result: a surprising roasted cauliflower hummus!
8. Zucchini & Red Onions Chickpea Frittata (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
I have made you a frittata without eggs! Yes, it is possible. This 100% plant-based Zucchini and Red onion Chickpea Frittata is prepared with chickpea flour. Give it a try and feel free to replace the filling with your favorite one.
9. Easy Chickpea Curry (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
This Vegan Chickpea Curry with Cauliflower Rice is probably my favorite comfort recipe for lazy days. It is so easy to prepare, nourishing, and full of warm spices…
10. Healthy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Gluten-Free)
Chickpea and cookie dough? Is that real? Yes, it is. This Healthy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is made entirely vegan here, with no eggs or dairy, but chickpeas instead!
11. Moroccan Chickpea and Apricot Tagine (Vegan)
Get all the warm and sweet flavors from Morocco in this Morrocan Chickpea and Apricot Tagine, prepared with chickpeas instead of meat. It makes a beautiful vegan dish, and if you serve it as is, without the couscous, it is even gluten-free.
12. Easy Avocado Hummus and Feta Quesadillas
Need to prepare a lunch on the go? Grab some tortillas, hummus, a few green veggies, and prepare these Easy Avocado Hummus and Feta Quesadillas. My favorite plant-based quesadilla!
13. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (Gluten-Free)
This Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is a must have on every gathering party. Serve with homemade pita chips or simply dip in some raw vegetables and enjoy!
14. Easy Eggplant Chickpea Curry (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
This Easy Eggplant Chickpea Curry is just perfect to use your summer vegetables. Entirely plant-based, it is healthy, nutritious and very satisfying.
15. Detox Cumin Broccoli-Lentil Soup (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
We wouldn’t think about it on a regular basis, but the use of chickpeas in a soup made with vegetables makes it very nourrishing and healthy at the same time. Try it through this Detox Cumin Broccoli Lentil Soup.
16. Veggie Sweet Potato Pizza with Roasted Chickpeas (Gluten-Free)
Isn’t this a beautiful plant-based pizza? This Veggie Sweet Potato Crust Pizza with Spiced Chickpeas comes with a video tutorial to help you making your own one. Enjoy!