Try Garbanzo Beans!

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Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, are a nutritious legume grown all over the world and popular in many cuisines. Garbanzos are a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They are very inexpensive and can be found canned or dry. They can be used in many dishes and can be swapped for other beans or lentils in your favorite recipes.

Try them:

  • In your vegetable soup
  • As a delicious dip or spread like our easy homemade hummus recipe
  • As a crunchy salad topping
  • As a wonderful healthy nighttime snack

Here are some ways to cook dried chickpeas:

  • In a large pot, using 3 cups of water for every 1 cup of chickpeas, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until desired tenderness (usually anywhere between 1 hour to 2 hours).
  • In a slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  • According to USDA recommendations, in a pressure cooker with a sealed lid (12 minutes if pre-soaked or 50 minutes without pre-soaking. Both require six cups of water per pound), and naturally releasing the pressure for 10 minutes.

To oven roast chickpeas to use in a salad or as a snack:

  • Blot chickpeas with a paper towel to dry them. Toss chickpeas with olive oil, and season to taste with salt, garlic salt, or cayenne pepper. Spread on a baking sheet, and bake at 450° Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes, until browned and crunchy.