Monday, April 4, 2011

Citrus and Herb Chickpeas

I'm so glad that I tried chickpeas again.  I'm one of those "texture" people who is seriously affected by the way food feels when I eat it.  Shrimp seems to pop when I chew it and beans are strangely grainy, so I make sure to NEVER eat anything with shrimp or beans.  
The baby lady has recently asserted herself when it comes to food and she's decided that unless it's ground beef, she's not eating meat.  That, of course, leaves me worried that she's not getting enough protein.  So I figured that since chickpeas are a great source of protein, I would give them a try and see if she would eat them.  No dice, but I really enjoyed these!  I was so surprised, but there I was, popping them in my mouth like peanuts.  So, at least I discovered another "new" food for me.  
1 (15.5 oz.) can of chickpeas
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
2 wide strips of lemon zest
1 wide strip of orange zest
2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
2 sprigs fresh thyme

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat on medium-low until simmering.  Cook for about 20 minutes or until the garlic is soft.  Season with salt and pepper if desired.
Serve warm or at room temperature.

adapted from Everyday Food March 2011 issue
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  1. Maybe you could try hummus for her? My kids liked toast strips with hummus at that age.

  2. @ Dani....hummus was a no-go. She eats a strange variety...grilled cheese, soups, broccoli and cauliflower and kiwi are all consistent winners. She spits out some of the best fruit out there. Who knows with kids, though!

  3. Lovely combination for chickpeas. I would never have though of citrus! I love to soak my own chickpeas, instead of the canned version. They have such a fresh flavor.


  4. I actually love beans, but never cared much for chickpeas. It wasn't that I didn't like them... I just didn't LOVE them. However... the first time I roasted them, it was love at first bite. Have you tried them that way? You'll love them.

  5. I too struggle with a 'delicate palette' as my friend jokingly calls it. Onions, tomatoes, SHRIMP! Gives me the hibbity jeebities. Chick peas on the other hand...i eat them with gusto! Enjoy your acquaintance with them :)

  6. I love chickpeas, but this is a new way to prepare them that I haven't seen! I can only imagine the wonderful flavor the citrus gives them!

  7. I love chickpeas roasted or made into hummus. Never had them as a side like this but really liking the sound of it. Lemon, orange, garlic, thyme - delicious!



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