Sometimes I am just sick of eating meat. Whether it’s chicken, beef, pork, lamb, or even fish, my taste buds and body turn away from the stuff after a few meals of it. And a girl can only take so much tofu!
I believe that we still need some type of protein source in our meals. It makes us feel fuller longer, it prevents your hair from falling out and I know, at least in my case, that when I do not eat protein I fell very week by the afternoon. Protein is a vital nutrient that all of us should have as a staple in our diets, and no, not even vegetarians and vegans can argue with that.
But when you are sick of protein from animal products, can’t find any more recipes that makes tofu edible, and have already had enough peanut butter sandwiches to make a child look at you weird, it’s time for a new plan.
Chickpeas are a great source of protein. With 15 grams of protein per cup, chick peas are the ideal substitution for this vital nutrient. But as happy as I was to realize this new protein source, I was still a little nervous to try it in main dishes. After all, the only other time I ever really ate chickpeas were when they were blended up into hummus! So after much research, I have put together a list of some of the best chickpea recipes.
- Caesar With Avocado & Chickpeas
- Spicy BBQ Chickpea Burgers & Lightened-Up Crispy Baked Fries
- Crispy Broccoli Rabe, Chickpea, and Fresh Ricotta Salad
- Chickpeas and Dumplings
- Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad
- Chickpea Za’atar Salad
- Rosemary Mushroom + Chickpea Ragout on Toast
- Down and Dirty Pasta e Cecci
- Heidi Swanson’s Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and Garlic