Chickpeas have been a staple in Mideastern cooking for thousands of years. In the west, they mainly have been used in salad bars and are called garbanzo beans. Recently, they have become popular as they are the main ingredient in hummus, a tasty dip for veggies, chips, and sandwiches. Kids like them roasted, mashed, and in soups and salads, as their nutty taste pairs well with many foods.
Kids can easily cook the organic dry beans or use canned beans, both of which are inexpensive and can be used in many recipes, including veggie burgers and tacos. Chickpea flour, also know as gram flour, is gluten free and can be used to make flatbread, the Mid Eastern falafel, or as a breading for fried foods, like the Indian pakora.
Chickpeas are packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. The fiber and protein in chickpeas makes them filling, helps appetite control, and makes them a welcome addition to a plant based diet. Chickpeas are low in calories and support a healthy blood sugar control. Chickpeas increase the number of healthy bacteria in the stomach to provide for good digestion. Properties in chickpeas can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.