9 Ways to Use Chickpeas (That Don't Involve Hummus)
By now we're all familiar with standard pantry staples, such as rice, pasta, and olive oil, and we're here to tell you that chickpeas deserve a coveted spot in your pantry as well. Though they're often overlooked in favor of similar items like lentils and black beans, chickpeas are just as versatile as their counterparts, if not more so. This is largely thanks to the fact that chickpeas can be served in many different forms with a variety of textures.
Yes, chickpeas are a standard hummus base (and a darn good one at that!) but these bite-sized legumes also make a great addition to most rice dishes, soups, and can even be used to make a vegan version of tuna salad. Like many other pantry staples, they're also easy to find, typically come in a can, and don't mind being neglected for a few months until you remember you purchased them.
From a health perspective, these tiny morsels are packed with vitamins and minerals, including manganese, copper, iron, and zinc. Chickpeas are also an excellent source of fiber and protein—making them a healthy addition to any snack or meal.
And if you buy canned chickpeas, don't forget to save the liquid that comes in the can. Also known as aquafaba, this substance is often used as an egg substitute for vegan cooking and baking. It can also be whipped and used as a base for mousse, meringues, and more.
Keep reading to find out how you can take your meals to the next level, all courtesy of canned chickpeas.