While we're big fans of the entire bean family, we are a little biased toward the chickpea: Its meaty goodness and adaptability in so many recipes is hard not to love. We always have at least a couple cans in the pantry, ready to be whipped up into quick and easy dinners at a moment's notice. Here are 10 chickpea-centric recipes we love.
Toss the makings for this wholesome take on the Indian restaurant favorite in the slow cooker before you head out the door in the morning, and it'll be ready and waiting for you when you get home.
If you bake the sweet potatoes the night before, this hearty meal comes together in next to no time.
This meatless twist on Spanish paella swaps out chorizo and seafood for lots of veggies and chickpeas and comes together quickly in a cast iron skillet.
This stir-fry has layer upon layer of plant-based protein, thanks to both tofu and chickpeas in the mix, a ginger-spiced tahini sauce, and a bowl full of quinoa.
These may look like chicken nuggets, but they are vegan and require only six pantry staples. Serve them with plenty of ketchup for dipping and the whole family will approve.
Creamy coconut milk turns this bowl full of veggies and beans into full-blown comfort food. Serve it over rice to make it a meal.
These cheesy quesadillas not only make an easy dinner, but they also pack up great for lunch. They last, individually wrapped, in the fridge for up to three days and can be taken out and reheated as needed.
Reaching for a bag of shredded red cabbage and a can of chickpeas helps make this colorful salad super easy to throw together.
This five-ingredient skillet doesn't need much else to make it a complete meal — although with all that saucy goodness, a bit of crusty bread alongside is highly recommended.
Just a touch of chopped pancetta or bacon add a bit of smoky richness to this comforting soup, but if you'd rather leave it out you'll still have delicious results.