14 Magical Ways to Transfom a Can of Chickpeas into Dinner, Now

On my leanest cooking days, the ones when tumbleweed rolls across my fridge and pantry shelves, I can almost always count on finding one thing: a can of chickpeas. It may be dusty, it may be dented, but it is the building block I need to make a filling, warming dinner on nights I don't want to venture out to the store (or resort to takeout).

Like some sort of magic, a can of chickpeas transforms into a spiced, chili-warmed Indian stew (with a few additions, of course). It turns plain-old sweet potatoes into something nutty and hearty, or, along with garlic, tomato paste, and pasta, can turn into the most magical pantry meal around. So this new year, make a resolution you can most definitely keep: always, always have a can of chickpeas on hand—here are 14 ways to use it.

Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less)
Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less)
by Sarah Jampel
Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata
Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata
by Hadyourtea?
Chickpea Taco Bowls
Chickpea Taco Bowls
by Alexandra Stafford
Chhole a.k.a Chana Masala (Indian Spiced Chickpeas)
Chhole a.k.a Chana Masala (Indian Spiced Chickpeas)
by Annada Rathi
Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Broccoli
Coconut Braised Chickpeas and Broccoli
by Vicky | Things I Made Today
A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre
A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre
by Cristina Sciarra
Brussels Sprouts and Chickpeas
Brussels Sprouts and Chickpeas
by Nicholas Day
Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci
Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci
by Genius Recipes

How do you work your magic to transform a can of chickpeas into a weeknight dinner? Tell us in the comments!


(via Food52)

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