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Ain’t Nothin’ But a Chickpea Party


I’m not going to lie, chickpeas are one of my favorite foods. They’re cute and meaty and have lovely curves. I also believe them to be the most versatile bean on the planet (okay, maybe they’re neck and neck with the soybean..maybe…) and I cook with them all the time.

Recently I was at my friendly Costco Wholesale Club and found a gigantic can of these bad boys for like three bucks! Right- how could I resist? Well, I didn’t think of the perils of buying the largest can of chickpeas known to man at the time, mainly being that I would have to consume the largest can of chickpeas known to man within a week, but once I got it home and opened it up I knew that I was in for some recipe searches…

Luckily I found this chickpea picatta recipe in Appetite For Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Healthy, inexpensive, and bursting with flavor. This is one of my favorite go-to meals, especially since almost everything in it is an on-hand staple. Capers, lemon juice, shallots (red onion works just fine too), all cozied up with my heroine the chickpea. I served this with another one of her recipes from that book Caulipots- a mashed potato and cauliflower combo and placed the whole thing on a bed of arugula. At first I thought it was foreign to put hot food on a bed of greens (I’m a Luddite like that sometimes), but it was a really cool change up that I intend to repeat. I dig when I’m eating with my eyes and my stomach (and still staying within my weight watchers’ points!!)