4. Get fruity for dessert. You can satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit and consume more phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and fiber at the same time. "[It's] just what the doctor ordered!" Palmer says.
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Full of nutrition and so versatile, canned chickpeas are an essential pantry staple. Whether you’re puréeing them into a dip, tossing them over a salad or roasting them for a snack, these easy recipes have you covered.
1. Chickpea, Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup (pictured above) — If you’re in need of a little winter pick-me-up, this soul-satisfying soup is just the ticket. The best part? It’s ready in 30 minutes.
2. Crispy Roasted Chickpeas — When you roast chickpeas at a high temperature, they become deliciously golden and crisp on the exterior and buttery and creamy on the interior. To me, they’re as addictive as french fries but, thankfully, with none of the guilt.
3. Bulgur Salad with Cucumbers, Red Peppers, Chickpeas, Lemon and Dill – This hearty grain and vegetable salad is like a bulked-up tabbouleh. Make it over the weekend and keep it in the fridge all week long for healthy lunches.
4. Quinoa Pilaf with Currants, Almonds and Chickpeas – This gently spiced pilaf with sweet currants, crunchy almonds and chickpeas makes a terrific accompaniment to any simply prepared entrée, and is just as good cold for lunch or a picnic.
5. Baby Kale Salad with Parmesan, Lemon & Crispy Roasted Chickpeas — The addition of roasted chickpeas makes this healthy salad a satisfying lunch all on its own, or a perfect side to jazz up a simple rotisserie chicken for dinner.
6. Chickpea, Corn & Red Pepper Salad with Honey Lime Vinaigrette — With fresh sweet corn, crisp red bell peppers and buttery chickpeas in a cumin-scented honey-lime vinaigrette, this salad is always a crowd-pleaser — perfect for a backyard cook-out or picnic.
7. Hummus — It’s easy to buy a tub of hummus at the store but homemade is easy to make and so much more delicious.