Chickpeas are an invaluable pantry staple that I have stocked in my kitchen at all times. We already know they can be blitzed into hummus, roasted into a crunchy snack, or used as an easy salad booster, but that is just the beginning, friends. If you've got a can of chickpeas on hand, then you've got the start to quite a few easy, satisfying weeknight dinners.
1. Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Pair a can of chickpeas with some diced tomatoes or the odds and ends of leftover veggies in the crisper, and you've got a totally satisfying way to turn those baked potatoes you meal prepped into a quick and easy dinner.
2. Chickpea Nuggets
These vegan nuggets are soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, and a weeknight-friendly family favorite that everyone around the table will dig into.
Get a recipe: Chickpea Nuggets
Sandwich night has the most wonderful way of keeping dinner fuss-free. Whether you take inspiration from tuna for a chickpea salad sandwich, go for a turmeric-kissed scramble with chickpeas and greens, or simply stuff chickpeas, veggies, and dressing into a pita, you can't go wrong.
Make chickpeas the base of your dinner salad and rest assured that it will fill you up. For extra crunch, roast the chickpeas before tossing them in.
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It can be as simple as stirring a can of chickpeas into a brothy soup to give it some body and a punch of protein, or simmering them with some broth and spices and puréeing the soup into a rich, velvety dinner.
Chickpeas are a quick way to make any meat-free stir-fry more filling. A minute or two in a hot wok is all they need to heat through and pick up a little crispness.
Get a recipe: Tofu Chickpea Stir Fry with Tahini Sauce
7. Saucy Braises
This comforting meatless main doesn't take many ingredients or much time to pull together. Dive right in and eat the saucy braise as is, or spoon it over creamy polenta, rice, egg noodles, or a baked potato.
Grab a can of chickpeas, a few tortillas, and a block of cheddar, and you've got the makings of a super-easy, protein-packed quesadilla. Make a double batch because these freeze like a dream.
Get a recipe: Chickpea and Cheddar Quesadillas
9. Chickpea and Veggie Patties
Mash up the chickpeas and mix them with whatever leftover veggies and herbs you have on hand to make burger-like patties or fritters.
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When added to broth and a medley of veggies, chickpeas bulk up a meatless stew into a super-hearty dinner.
Get a recipe: Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stew