Chickpeas are a vegan staple. Not only are they really healthy and full of protein, but they are also super versatile! You can use them in curries, salads, sandwiches, desserts, or even just eat them on their own. These plant-based chickpea recipes are perfect for busy days when you need to stay full and focused, but still want something delicious!
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1. Sweet & Sour Cashew and Chickpea Fried Rice
Savory, sweet, and sour fried rice topped with glazed cashews and chickpeas. This recipe for Sweet & Sour Cashew and Chickpea Fried Rice by Taavi Moore is so simple, easy, and will be ready in no time.
2. Easy Avocado Hummus
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This Easy Avocado Hummus by Hayley Canning is creamy, delicious and easy to make. The perfect homemade gluten-free, vegan and healthy dip to enjoy at any time. The best part is, you can make this healthy hummus dip in less than 10 minutes!
3. Kale Falafel Salad Bowl
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This Roasted Poblano Kale Falafel Salad Bowl by Stephanie McKinnie with Lemon Jalapeño Tahini Vinaigrette is the epitome of comfort food. It’s spicy and it is hearty enough to be considered a meal. There is so much flavor, texture and nutrition and the tahini jalapeño vinaigrette put it over the top! Because this dish is spicy, it pairs best with a slightly sweet or fruity wine like a Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Albarino, or a sparkling wine. For a red, you want a spicier wine like a Grenache or Syrah.
4. Crispy Chickpea Burgers
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These Crispy Chickpea Burgers by Caroline Doucet are packed with flavor. This veggie burger holds well during cooking and has a perfect texture with a little crunch from sunflower seeds. All made with basic ingredients!
5. Italian Rice Salad
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This vegan Italian Rice Salad by ThePlantbasedSchool is adapted from delicious Italian “insalata di riso” and it’s the perfect summer dish, easy to prepare in advance, and bring with you for a picnic outdoors or on the beach. This Italian rice salad is a fulfilling meal that is nutritious, light, crunchy, colorful, and refreshing. To make it extra healthy and fulfilling the recipe uses brown rice, colorful vegetables, and delicious smoked tofu.
6. Curry Chickpea Salad with Grapes
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This Curry Chickpea Salad with Grapes by Kristen Genton is definitely a must-have to keep in your fridge for lunches or snacks. You will love the contrast between the sweet grapes and the flavorful curry powder. Then you add in the crunch of the celery/onions and it’s the perfect combination!
7. Healthy Falafel
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This Healthy Falafel by Katia Martin is packed full of nutrition and is super yummy. Top it with the tahini sauce, and you’re in falafel heaven! These ones are deep-fried, but they taste just as amazing when you bake them!
8. Chickpea Sliceable Cheese
Source: Chickpea Sliceable Cheese
No nuts and no oil? Yes, it’s true, here’s a cheese for almost everyone. It gets a cheesy taste from vegan lactic acid in addition to the traditional nutritional yeast! The downside is it does require you to invest in some ingredients. It will cost around $30 to get them, but you can make over a dozen batches. This Chickpea Sliceable Cheese by Kathy Hester is amazing!
Reprinted with permission from Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking in Your Instant Pot by Kathy Hester, Page Street Publishing Co. 2020. Photo credit: Kathy Hester
9. No-Egg Salad Sandwich
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This No-Egg Salad Sandwich by Kris Dee | Mostly Domestic is a modern twist to the classic egg salad sandwich recipe! It’s the perfect no-fuss high protein lunch, super inexpensive, and ultra kid-friendly. No-egg salad sandwiches are laughably easy, cheap, and protein-dense. This recipe yields a seriously large amount and depending on what other ingredients you may be adding to the sandwich, you should be able to get at least 6 servings out of this bad boy!
10. Chocolate Chickpea Cookies
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Chickpeas…great for making hummus, but used for making chocolate chip cookies?? These Chocolate Chickpea Cookies by Crissy Cavanaugh are so chocolatey and chewy you’ll never know they were made with chickpeas. These chickpea cookies are loaded with folic acid, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and protein!
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