I looooove chickpeas! Hands down my favorite legume.
Benefits of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans):
High in dietary fiber
Excellent source of protein
Provide a wide variety of nutrients such as iron, zinc, potassium and folate
Considered both a vegetable and a protein food and can be counted as either
Nutrition Information for Unsalted Chickpeas:
According to the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the recommended intake of legumes for someone following a 2,000 calorie diet is 1.5 cups per week. Adding chickpeas into your diet can help you meet that amount in a healthy way.
And even though National Nutrition Month is now over, it is important to eat with color all year round. Here is a recipe I made this week that is chock full of different colors and features chickpeas!
Colorful Chickpea Salad:
Inspired by Argo Tea- Makes two servings
1.5 cups cooked and cooled chickpeas
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup shredded carrots, diced
2-3 tbsp balsamic dressing
Salt, pepper, garlic salt, and cumin to taste
Combine chickpeas, cranberries, red and green pepper, and carrots. Toss with 2 tbsp balsamic dressing and add salt, pepper, garlic salt, and cumin to taste, add more dressing if needed. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours and serve cold.
I love the cumin flavor in this recipe! I used about a 1/2 tbsp and it was pretty strong, so others might prefer a little less. Give this colorful recipe a try and enjoy a healthy dose of antioxidants!