Chickpeas, AKA garbanzo beans, have been a staple in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and African diets for over 7,000 years! They are so versatile and an excellent source of so many necessary vitamins.
High levels of protein and fiber make chickpeas an excellent choice if you are looking to lose weight, stabilize blood sugar, boost healthy digestion, and lower cholesterol.
Chickpeas are a complex carbohydrate so your body digests them at a slower pace leaving you with stabilized energy and blood sugar levels. The protein and carbs in one cup of chickpeas at lunch will keep you full until dinner! You will then be less likely to reach for a sugary snack in the afternoon.
The fiber also improves digestion and can help relieve symptoms of constipation and IBS.
Chickpeas are also an important source of iron, zinc, folate, and B vitamins, especially for vegans or vegetarians. They are also rich in tryptophan which helps to stimulate serotonin.
What you will need:
- 2 cans of organic chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 stalks of celery, minced
- 1 small yellow onion, minced
- ½ cup of organic purple grapes, rinsed and halved
- 4 ½ tablespoons of vegan mayo
- ½ tablespoon of Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon Fresh garlic, minced
- Salt, pepper, paprika
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha
How to create:
Mash chickpeas in large bowl until they reach desired flaky texture.
Combine vegan mayo and Sriracha in a small dish until thoroughly mixed. The pour onto chickpeas.
Add celery, onion, garlic, spices, and mustard to chickpeas and mix well with a spoon. Taste and add additional seasoning as needed.
Lastly, add grapes for a little sweetness!
Scoop filling onto toasted bread and add tomato, lettuce, or onion. Enjoy!
*Recipes makes 4-5 servings and will last several days in the fridge.