Before we get started on the BIG FIVE, lets just discuss chickpeas shall we?
I decided to write this article because I have recently tried to eat a healthier diet and this essentially revolves around a lot less bread and a lot more clean living. Chickpeas have my heart because they fill me right up and they are so god damn sexy they can be made into a plethora of gastronomic delights! Rich in fibre, protein and iron they really are a vegans best friend!
So down to the dirty business, how can they become part of your diet?
1. Who moose? Hummus you moose!
OH MY hummus is the cream of the gods! Full of delicious, tangy tongue dancing garlic and tahini, this delicious dip can make boring food dance all over your mouth! Basic ingredients are Chickpeas (of course!), lemon juice, garlic, cumin, tahini (or good quality peanut butter) and olive oil. Don’t feel restricted though, you can add all sorts to make your hummus sing even higher if you fancy a change! Blend a batch and just TRY and stop yourself getting all crumby with oatcakes and your freshly made dip to hand!
2. Crush the little guys!
Don’t feel bad, vegans feel bad about enough without feeling bad about eating these lick-able legumes! Chuck some garlic, olive oil salt and pepper on top of a few chickpeas and crush them with the end of a rolling pin or a fork. A quick spreadable treat if you want some extra protein in your sarnie!
3. Add them to like, everything!
I have actually been asked by a friend before what to do with chickpeas. My answer was of course - everything! I quite literally chuck my little bald mates into everything and anything I can. Salads, soups and stews, everything can find a home for a chickpea. They don’t suck up flavour as such but they do create extra texture and a give little something more for your sauce or dressing to caress on the plate.
4. Roast them!
Yes that’s right, they do love a good roasting (told you they were sexy!). There are tons of chickpea roasting recipes out there to give these softies that extra crunch! Try them roasted with Mexican spices or even sweet roasted if you fancy something different! For gods sake follow the cooking times though, they are sexy but they are not worth losing a tooth over!
5. Bump and Grind!
OK so you've rejected all my plans to force you to consume this wonderful legume as it is, but I have an evil plan, to grind them! Chickpea flour is awesome and you can make flat breads from it! Oh no, flat breads…. but you need to dip flat breads in something….and so my evil plan is unveiled! Combine number 1. and flat breads made with 5. for a double chickpea whammy! BOOM! Chickpea explosion going on all up in yo mouth!
So there you have it, five simple ways to bring chickpeas into your diet. Go on, give a chickpea a home and enjoy this new legume based form of sexual experimentation, your taste buds will thank you for it!