The Mighty Chickpea
We are not alone in our passion for the chickpea. It’s got fans all over the world. From Spain to the Middle East, Southern France to North Africa and India, you’ll find chickpeas in soups, stews, salads, dips, and snacks. Their nutty taste plays well with others, pairing with ingredients both subtle and spicy. This week, we’re featuring them in our Quinoa-Chickpea Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing. We love how chickpeas manage to be both tender and meaty, even when there’s not an ounce of meat in sight.
Nutrition-wise, chickpeas are both a protein and fiber powerhouse and an important source of potassium and iron. These mighty beans are rich in folate, a B vitamin that can reduce the risk of neural tube birth defects.
Chickpeas have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol and blood pressure and help control blood sugar, reducing some of the risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.