Thought of the Day

When you feel like giving up, remind yourself why you started;

no matter what the reason…


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Chickpeas: The Facts

Chickpeas are not only tasty, but they are very easy to use in everyday cooking. I really enjoy cooking and baking with these wonderful legumes; in fact I just made some spicy hummus today, which I will be enjoying on a turkey burger later (instead of mayo). Whether you already cook with them, or are currently unfamiliar of the benefits, read the facts below and stay tuned, because in the coming weeks I will be sharing some of my favorite recipes, including chickpea double chocolate chip cookies and baked Indian spice chickpeas.

The Facts:

  • Also called garbanzo beans
  • Are a member of the legume family
  • Common uses include hummus and falafel
  • Good source of fibre, protein, and folate: contains 15g protein, 12g fibre and 71% of folate per cup, cooked
  • Grow in cool climates/seasons
  • In Canada, they are primarily grown in Saskatchewan
  • There are two types: desi and kabuli
  • They can be ground into a flour, which are often called gram, besan, garbanzo or cici flour
  • India is known as the largest producer of chickpeas
  • Make a great addition to soups, stews, and salad
  • Are available dried or canned

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