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Wonderful Legume: Chickpeas

Posted May 18 2010 12:00am

Oh what fun I have with the protein-packed legume family! Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are a wonderful creation from nature. Chickpeas are full of protein and fiber, and they also contain minerals like zinc, iorn, manganese, and magnesium. Chickpeas have a low glycemic index of 28, and are full of fiber making this legume an excellent choice for diabetics.

Chickpeas can be bought dried or canned. Depending on the recipe (or time availability), I use both varieties. here are so many wonderful recipes to make with chickpeas. Falafel, hummus, and soup are just a few of the ways I enjoy them. As an athlete, chickpeas are an easy way for me to consume protein. They contain a whopping 15 grams of protein per cup, and 12 grams of fiber (that’s half a days worth!)

Yesterday I made my favorite, super-easy hummus. It is so easy to make, and is a wonderfully satisfying afternoon snack. Here it is below served with my favorite Crunchmaster crackers.

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Simply Hummus

This hummus is gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and low-fat and low-calorie compared to other hummus recipes.

  • 2 cans chickpeas (rinsed and drained of juice)
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1/2 onion)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3-4 tablespoons water
  • optional add-ins: roasted red peppers, pesto, black beans, tomatoes, olives, artichokes, be creative!

Put all ingredients into food processor except water, onions, and add-ins (if you want any). Process ingredients, and add water until desired consistency is reached. Next, add the chopped onions and a handful or two of your add-ins. Stir until mixed. Your done! Now was that hard? No!

Serve your delicious hummus with pita, crackers, vegetables, on top salads, or in wraps or sandwiches! This recipe is a great appetizer for parties!

Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:

What is your favorite power-packed food? Is it something that is full of protein or carbs? What makes you feeeeeel so powerful after you eat it?

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