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10 ways to use a can of chickpeas

Do you enjoy easy, healthy dinners that make you feel like you're somehow cheating the system? Stock your pantry with canned chickpeas and you're there.

By Amy Valm

10 ways to use a can of chickpeas

Pantry Salad

All the stuff lingering in your cupboards and crisper come together to form this protein-packed salad. Yep, that’s red pepper, artichoke and chickpeas tossed in a lemon and Dijon dressing. Get the recipe: Pantry Salad

plate of chickpea saladPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Crispy Bulgur Falafel Patties

Fluffy falafels can do no wrong. They’re fun to dunk in tzatziki, eat on rice or to roll up in a lettuce wrap or pita. Get the recipe: Crispy Bulgur Falafel Patties

Crate with fluffy falafels, cut up tomatoes, lettuce and creamy dressingPhoto: Andrew Grinton

Chorizo and Chickpea Soup

Looks pretty good, right? This bowl of hearty soup is packed with chorizo sausages, potatoes, chickpeas (obvs), tomatoes and spinach. The best part? Prep time is only 15 minutes. Get the recipe: Chorizo and Chickpea Soup

bowl of chunky soup with sausage, potato, chickpeas and spinachPhoto: Jim Norton

Coconut Chickpea Curry

To stand tall on their own, veg dishes rely on great seasoning. This chunky curry got the memo. Even with bold curry paste, it’s not too spicy. But if you want, stir in some yogurt to tone it down for bitty palates. Get the recipe: Coconut Chickpea Curry

plate of curry on rice

Chana Masala

This creamy chickpea stew will fill everyone up good. The slow cooker does most of the work, but throw some rice underneath and supply plenty of naan to sop up the sauce. Get the recipe: Chana Masala

plate of chickpea chana masala with naanPhoto: Erik Putz

Chickpea Burgers

This meat-less burger is the best! Cremini mushrooms, garlic, walnuts and chickpeas make it super flavourful and give it good texture. Sure, you could cook your own chickpeas from dry, but cracking a can will have dinner on the table way faster. Get the recipe: Chickpea Burgers

A chickpea burger topped with mayo and cabbagePhoto: Maya Visnyei

Oven-Roasted Crispy Chickpeas

You need these addictive little friends in your life. We like them warm and crunchy out of the oven, or chewy and nutty when leftover. Snack on them as is, or use them as you would croutons in soups and salads. Get the recipe: Oven-Roasted Crispy Chickpeas

baking tray with roasted chickpeasPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Orecchiette with Rustic Tomato Sauce and Chickpeas

This pasta dish brings the protein without ever having to roll a meatball. Chickpeas are delicious in tomato sauce and couldn’t be easier—this dish comes together in 25 minutes! Get the recipe: Orecchiette with Rustic Tomato Sauce and Chickpeas

bowl of pasta with tomatoes and chickpeasPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Tuna Melt Pita Pizza

Chickpeas on pizza? Do it. But this isn’t just any pie! Super-quick store-bought pita is topped with tuna, spinach, green onion, gooey cheese and, of course, chickpeas. Get the recipe: Tuna Melt Pita Pizza

pita pizza with tunaPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Cashew Hummus

Pfft! As if we wouldn’t include hummus in our roundup, the Middle Eastern dip is chickpeas’ greatest hit. Swipe some pita, veggies or even a spoon through this creamy mixture, you won’t be disappointed. Get the recipe: Cashew Hummus

bowl of hummus with cucumber and crackers

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