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If you thought chickpeas were just for hummus and plain old salads, think again. Turns out, the fiber-rich, protein-packed legumes are perfect for everything from curry to cookies. And not only are they versatile, but they’re affordable, too. Finding affordable recipes is more important than ever these days, with food inflation the highest it’s been since 1979, and with no signs of prices at the grocery store falling any time soon. We’ve been racking our brains trying to come up with cheap but flavorful meal ideas, and we always end up coming back to chickpeas.
You can buy dried chickpeas in the bulk bins for a buck or two and then soak them in water overnight to get them ready for use in a couple of recipes. Or, you can stock up on ready-to-go cans that you can purchase right on Amazon if you don’t think you’ll remember to plan ahead. Oh, and if you have an Instant Pot, even better: you can cook dried chickpeas in a pressure cooker without soaking them overnight. Either way, chickpeas are a healthy, inexpensive pantry staple that we all should take advantage of.
The ideas below are a mixture of savory and sweet chickpea recipes that you’ll wish you knew about sooner. There are stews and baked chickpea cakes for meatless Mondays, and brownies and blondies for nutrient-dense desserts. But best of all, the ingredient at the center of it all is an affordable staple that you can keep on hand to make price-conscious meals and treats all week.