Garbanzo beans, or chickpeas, are beans you need to become more familiar with. They have a delicious nut-like taste and buttery texture. They are a very versatile bean and are most commonly found in many Middle Eastern and Indian dishes. Hummus, falafels and curries are all traditional garbanzo bean dishes, but don’t limit yourself. There are plenty of new and exciting dishes to be made with garbanzo beans. These beans also carry loads of health benefits. They help regulate your digestive track, carry a unique supply of antioxidants and lower cardiovascular risks. Making a meal that is tasty and good for you is the best of both worlds. Give these great garbanzo bean recipes a try the next time you’re looking for a satisfying and healthy dish. Pick up some Randall Beans Garbanzo Beans and get cooking!

Mediterranean Beef and Garbanzo Bean Stew

Dive head first into a flavorful Mediterranean beef and garbanzo stew. This stew is full of smokey and spicy flavors that will bring a much needed kick to your basic dinnertime meal. The base of the stew is made from a mix of tomato paste, chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. Cayenne pepper brings some extra heat to the savory ground beef and garbanzo beans. Don’t forget your veggies: Cherry tomatoes and zucchini add a nice balance to the protein and fiber-rich dish. Parmesan cheese is a nice, unexpected garnish to the stew. Make your next meal more exciting by cooking this flavor-packed dish; plus it will make your kitchen smell amazing.

Honey Roasted Garbanzo Beans with Sea Salt

Did you vow to snack healthier this year? Sometimes it gets hard to make better snack food choices when all you have in your pantry is a bag of potato chips, or there is still a box of leftover donuts from the morning department meeting. Honey roasted garbanzo beans are a great snacking alternative that will have you feeling full, but not weighed down by processed ingredients. You can easily make a large enough batch to last you through the week. Use your favorite honey and sea salt to dress and season the beans before baking. Bake them for 45 minutes or until they are nice and crunchy. Place your desired amount into plastic bags to take to work, or keep them in an airtight container in the pantry. The sweet and salty taste of the beans will curb your craving for candy or potato chips. You get lots of flavor and health benefits, with zero guilt.

Garbanzo Bean Enchiladas Verde

Like we said, garbanzo beans are typically used in Middle East or Indian dishes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t substitute them into other ethnic meals. Enchiladas usually incorporate chicken as their main source of protein, but garbanzo beans make an excellent substitution. They also add a new and unexpected taste and texture. The enchilada filling consists of sauteed garbanzo beans and roughly chopped red onion and zucchini. The dish will get a nice hit of flavor from the cumin, chili powder and salsa verde. You can use as little or as much as you want depending on how spicy you like your food. The gooey melted pepperjack cheese and cilantro make for the perfect toppings to the enchiladas. Give them a hint of lime for an added dose of citrus and serve. You can easily make the meal without cheese if you want to try a vegan version. Who knows, you might make all of your enchiladas with garbanzo beans from now on.

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