Chickpeas have a whopping 12.5 grams of fiber per cup, which is the second highest fiber content of any bean/legume (coming in second only to lentils with 16 grams.) Fiber is absolutely the number one supplement for weight loss. Read more about the benefits of fiber on my previous post. If you’ve ever had hummus then you have had chickpeas. Hummus is prevalent in Mediterranean dishes and is delicious as a dip with carrots or pita bread and is also a great sandwich spread. The Fresh Market makes the best hummus that is absolutely addictive. The best dish I’ve had with hummus was actually at Disney World in Epcot at their Moroccan restaurant, Tangerine Cafe. They spread thin layer of hummus over a slice of pita bread and top with Moroccan spiced chicken. This simple dish is delicious and easy to make at home.
Hummus makes a great high protein/ high fiber snack that is low calories. I love to have hummus with carrots as an afternoon snack and it really keeps my hunger at bay until dinner. I decided that I would actually make my own hummus for this experiment and to see if I could make mine taste as good as The Fresh Market brand.
The recipe was super easy, simply combining tahini (sesame seed paste), chickpeas, lemon juice and olive oil. Here is my recipe, try it out and let me know what you think.
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1/3 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until blended. Add more lemon juice as needed to get to desired consistency.
Do you have a chickpea recipe that you love? Please share!