Chickpeas are fantastic, they are full of fibre, protein and iron and on top of that hey have a low glycemic index as well. They are brilliant if you need some growing to do and very filling if you are hungry. They even are superb if you are trying to loose weight. Last but not least, they are ideal when you want to work on your muscles! How impressive is that list?
You do need a good way of preparing chickpeas, because straight out of the tin, as they are, hm, no not for me either to be honest and I wouldn’t even try with the kids. So I need nice ways to prepare them. One of the easiest ways to prepare it is making hummus, we all love hummus. It is especially good to dip some vegetable sticks in. Apart from hummus, I also use chickpeas in veggie burgers, in curries and in falafels.
This chickpea nuggets recipe is another of my favourite ways of preparing them. They are very easy and quick to make. They contain more or less the same ingredients as a standard hummus plus some cheese and you do need the cheese for extra flavour in them I feel. I serve them usually with ketchup as a dip. Finally the kids appreciate my homemade ketchup so that works brilliantly! They work as a snack, but they are also fantastic for lunch if you serve them with some salade.
You can freeze half of them to bake on another occasion. If you do, make sure they don’t stick together when you first put them in the freezer. As soon as they are frozen you can put them all together in a bag to make some more space available.
Cheesy Chickpea Nuggets
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- 2 cans of chickpeas
- 75 grams of shredded matured cheddar
- 60 grams of bread crumbs
- 1 tsp tahini
- 1/2 tsp salt
- some pepper
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Bring all the ingredients into the food processor.
- Blend everything together really well.
- Line a baking tray with baking paper and spray or spread some olive oil on it.
- Shape the nuggets, by rolling little sausages and pushing the edges nicely.
- I press my fingers a little bit in the sausage to give a more interesting shape.
- Arrange the little sausages on the baking tray.
- Spray or spread some olive oil on them until they are more or less completely coated in oil.
- Bake the chickpea nuggets in the oven on 180 ºC during 15 minutes. If they start to get a golden colour, they are ready. If not, turn them and leave them for another 5 minutes.
- Serve them warm, they are at their best straight out of the oven.
from More Than Just Carrots