A few months ago, I noticed a lot of traffic coming to my site from The First Mess. I’m the first to admit that I wasn’t (and sometimes still am not) too savvy on all the happening food sites…so it wasn’t a shocker that I hadn’t seen it. But I clicked on over and felt like I had just woken up from some sort of coma and all this cool stuff happened while I was sleeping. Laura’s photos, writing, and her greeny Canadian life had me lurking for hours. So, being included in her “links” section sort of made my year. I immediately asked her to be on So, How Was Your Day? And she was just as kind and smart as you might think (she’s also an NBA fan…this girl has it all). Here are her picks for 1 ingredient (the chickpea), five ways. I’ll for sure be making #4 and #5 next week!
It took me a few tries to really LOVE chickpeas/garbanzo beans. My first attempt with the ubiquitous legume was on top of a salad in the thought-to-be rebellious vegetarian stages of my youth (wasn’t a phase, wasn’t that rebellious either). They were canned and I vehemently hated them. The smell was off-putting and the taste was hella tin-y. I stayed far away for a couple of years.
Then, in my early twenties, I started getting really high and mighty on health. I was eating a whole lot of things primarily because of their healthful virtues (oh hey, chlorella). Nowadays the flavour comes first, but chickpeas resurfaced for me around this time and goodness, I’m glad they did. I found that cooking them myself really helped. I’ve also come around to the canned version if I’m in a serious mealtime pinch. Their buttery texture and nutty flavour is a welcome addition to almost any old thing I find myself cooking up. When I set out to make some epic pots of beans, chickpeas are often the first choice. Aside from the token fibre and protein content, the manganese lurking within these legumes combines with other antioxidants to combat oxidative stress and keep your heart healthy. With all of their virtues in mind, I’ve rounded up a few delightful ways for you to start enjoying them.
Make sure to head over to The First Mess for all of Laura’s recipes and incredible photos.