The humble chickpea has grown in popularity over the years due to the rise in plant-based eating and for their versatility in dishes beyond hummus! Here, we break down why they’re so great and show you how to make a tasty tray of roast chickpeas.
Chickpeas offer a variety of nutrients and are widely used in Mediterranean and Indian dishes. Think: in curries, stews, as hummus, in salads and soups.
They are also high in fibre and a good source of plant protein – two aspects that, combined, make them helpful for those following a weight-loss or management programme. This is because both fibre and protein help you feel fuller for longer. Did you know that one cup of chickpeas contains about 14.5 grams of protein, which is similar to that of lentils and black beans, and makes it a valuable replacement in vegetarian and vegan dishes.
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Chickpeas are naturally low GI and may help manage blood-sugar levels, making them a great addition to meals for diabetics.
Chickpeas are also a good source of magnesium and potassium, which makes them an excellent food for athletes to consume as we lose these minerals when we exercise.
For something different, try these roast chickpeas, which are great to add to salads, buddha bowls or even to enjoy as a snack!
Roast Chickpea Recipe
What You Need:
1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Freshly ground black pepper
1/ Set the oven to 180°C.
2/ Combine the chickpeas with the spices and oil and shake them in a baking tray. Place in the pre-heated oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until crispy.
3/ Remove and allow to cool.
Add these to your next meal. Find a great buddha bowl recipe here!