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My family has become addicted to chickpeas!
Everyone in my family’s favorite snack? A big bowl of chickpeas and edamame beans. (Edamame is a fun way of saying soy beans).
It takes only a few minutes to prepare this yummy, filling snack!
- Get a bowl
- Open a can of chick peas and rinse
- Microwave a bag of edamame beans
- Put beans and peas in a bowl
- Sit on the couch with the family and eat!
Chickpeas (aka Garbanzo beans) are not only delicious and fun but they’re so healthy! Full of protein, fiber, manganese and folate.
I’m sure it’s no coincidence that once I introduced chickpeas to the baby there has been no poop problems at all. It may sound gross that I mention that, but those of you who have babies, or have babies in the family, or babysit, know that diaper explosions are a big disgusting horror show. There is none of that here anymore! I will claim that as a victory!
Chickpeas are so versatile too – I can sneak them into anything!
All The Family Friendly Ways I Use Chickpeas
- I like to just eat them raw out of the can because it’s simple and fun watching the baby chase them with his tiny fingers.
- I have baked them. So easy and delicious!
- I was craving cookies the other day but didn’t have any. I rinsed off a can of chickpeas, lightly coated them in coconut oil, sprinkled on a tiny bit of brown sugar and cinnamon, tossed them on foil on a baking sheet and baked for a few minutes. I was super surprised and how scrumptious they are! They get a little crunchy on the outside and still soft in the middle. The sugar and cinnamon made them like tiny little cookies! So yummy! We were all so satisfied and full.
- I’ve whizzed up chick peas with a little peanut butter to make breakfast toast more filling.
- I make baby food with them.
- Put them in salad, soup and stir fry.
Chickpeas Are A Healthier Alternative
I’ve basically replaced chicken with chickpeas. The texture and flavor is not the same, but I find them way more filling and I know they aren’t full of hormones and chemicals, especially if you are buying the cans of organic beans. I realize that they may be slightly more expensive than the non-organic cans sitting right beside them but, seriously, even at their most expensive $3.99 a can it is still WAY less than a family sized collection of chicken breasts.
I’ll claim that as another victory!
To sum up… I LOVE chickpeas!
(I might even make a t-shirt that says that and wear it proudly!)