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The 7 Creative Ways Arab Americans Eat Chickpeas

posted on: Mar 20, 2019

The 7 Creative Ways Arab Americans Eat Chickpeas
By: May Shabti/Arab America Contributing Writer

Chickpeas dishes are gaining popularity, especially, among vegetarians. There are a wide variety of health benefits by eating any food containing chickpeas which are particularly high in fiber. Studies have shown that people with type 2 Diabetes who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels. Chickpeas are particularly high in fiber. In addition, studies have shown that people with type 1 diabetes who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels.

For people with type 2, Diabetes higher fiber intake may improve blood sugar, lipid, and insulin levels.

1. Hummus

The 7 Creative Ways Arab Americans Eat Chickpeas

Hummus is a Levantine dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, lemon juice, salt, garlic and sprinkled with olive oil and chopped parsley. It is popular in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region, as well as in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe 

2. Green Chickpeas

The 7 Creative Ways Arab Americans Eat Chickpeas

Green Chickpeas are young garbanzo beans picked fresh from the vine, blanched, and flash frozen to guarantee quality within minutes from the field. Nature’s Classic Green Chickpeas are nutrition packed and have a very unique and flavourful taste, making them an exciting, versatile and convenient food product. Lastly, this is a very healthy quick snack and is relatively easy to make.

3. Chickpea Salad- Mixed With Fava Beans

The 7 Creative Ways Arab Americans Eat Chickpeas

Thanks to the chickpeas, this salad will keep you full for hours. It’s satisfying in a way that leafy greens never could be. The first source of alternative recipes is the part about spiced chickpeas. For one, in certain parts of the Middle East, fava beans are used in place of or mixed in with the chickpeas. It’s essential that the beans get mixed with chopped tomatoes, onions, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

4. Falafel

The 7 Creative Ways Arab Americans Eat Chickpeas

Falafel are balls of spiced ground chickpeas that is mixed with chopped parsley and spices. they are fried and stuffed into a pita with tomatoes and pickles and drizzled with a condiment. It sounds pretty straightforward, but there are a thousand different variations.

5. Chickpeas Cooked With Rice And Served With Yogurt 

The 7 Creative Ways Arab Americans Eat Chickpeas

Of the many creative ways chickpeas may be incorporated into a dish, it can be also used as a topping or side. For instance, chickpeas can be cooked with rice and served with a side of yogurt which calls for a delicious and tasteful flavor. The dish is topped with a tangy yogurt sauce that highlights the flavors of fresh cilantro and coriander.

6. Chickpeas Can Be Mixed With Cumin And Sprinkled Parsley

The 7 Creative Ways Arab Americans Eat Chickpeas

Another delicious option incorporating Chickpeas may be this one. This dish includes the Chickpeas topped with rice and other vegetables such as carrots and parsley. In order to enhance its flavor, cumin can be mixed into the dish as well to give it a spicy sensation.

7. Chickpeas Cooked With Eggplant, Tomato Sauce And Served With Rice

The 7 Creative Ways Arab Americans Eat Chickpeas

In Arab culture, people are known to be creative and healthy in the ways they prepare their food. For instance, this dish will satisfy one’s needs by incorporating different types of foods in one. Such as cooking the chickpeas with eggplant and tomato sauce, and adding a side of rice to satisfy one’s hunger. This dish is tasty in all of its aspects and looks quite appetizing.