The Chickpea, aka Garbanzo bean, is actually a legume that is low in fat and high in protein.  For those veggie blasters, most beans and legumes give our bodies the RDA of daily protein (so long as you incorporate them into your daily meal plan by the cup, easy if you use them as a meat replacement, such as a Chickpea Taco).  So there!  chickpeas are also high in fiber.  So I am here to offer a few oh so simple recipes that include the chickpea so you can make it a diet staple. 

One super easy recipe that I literally threw together in 12 minutes, including prep time was:

Cavatelli pasta which you boil for about 12 minutes.

Saute some broccoli florets in olive oil and chopped garlic.

Warm about 1/2 cup olive oil in separate pan so as not to saturate the broccoli.

Warm up chickpeas.

Throw everything together and voila!  Super fast, super healthy, no excuses not to offer the kids a good meal!

Another goodie which the hubby loves is Chickpea Tacos.

You will need 1 15 oz can of drained and rinsed chickpeas, avocado, 3 Tbsp. cilantro, 1 Tbsp. lime juice, salt and pepper to taste, Vegan non-dairy sour cream, salsa, 2 cups of your choice of lettuce and of course, taco shells.

Warm up chickpeas on medium heat.

Mash the avocado and add cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.

Add chickpeas to the mashed avocado mixture.

Let each exuberant taco recipient make their own taco.  Place the lettuce, salsa, sour cream and mixture in separate bowls.