Chickpea Burrito

  Chickpeas are often overlooked as a salad topping or smaller component of a larger dish… but they’re so much more versatile than that! This recipe combines a can of chickpeas with household spices to blend up a hearty vegetarian-friendly burrito that you’ll find yourself making over and over again. Chickpea Burrito Recipe Ingredients 1 can of chickpeas, not drained 1 tsp. cumin 1 tsp. paprika 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. red pepper flakes 1 tbsp. lime juice Small […]

Chickpea Soup

  Chickpeas are hearty, warm, earthy and healthy, but undeservedly, we rarely see them act as the main flavor or ingredient in their own dish. That all changes now. Thanks to this simple recipe, the chickpea is given center stage in a light soup that’ll warm you on the coldest winter day. Chickpea Soup Recipe Ingredients 1 can chickpeas 1/2 chopped red onion 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. cumin Splash of lemon juice 4 cups […]

Indian-Style Three Bean Dal

I guess I must be exploring a theme, because this month, I’ve been making and eating a ton of bean dishes that are a bit like chili (in that they are warming and delicious), but that also happen to take advantage of totally different flavor profiles. Even better if they’re quick and easy and cheap, like this dish is. This recipe, adapted from Food and Wine magazine, uses a bunch of clever tricks to pack a lot of Indian flavor […]

Risotto-style pasta with chickpeas and tomatoes (pasta e ceci)

TOMATOES ARE IN SEASON! Shout it from the rooftops, slap your grandma, get thee to a farmer’s market. For two blessed months here in DC, we actually have tomatoes that look like tomatoes, smell like tomatoes, and TASTE like tomatoes. At laaaast, my tomatoes have come home. So then the game becomes getting as many tomatoes in my mouth as possible. (Not all at once. My mouth isn’t that big.) This recipe is pretty cool because it uses fresh tomatoes and […]

The Hummus Among Us

I used to be a hummus-hater. Seriously. Honestly, I used to hate every kind of bean, period. I wouldn’t touch chili with a ten-foot pole. Burritos were filled with only meat, rice and cheese. I was basically a weirdo. Luckily, I have since had a change of heart, and thanks to a del taco 79¢ bean and cheese burrito in high school, I have risen above my bean-eschewing ways. Refried beans and I are now the best of friends, and […]

My First Hummus!

Hello Magic Bullet Heads! After years of eating store-bought dip, I finally took the plunge and made my very own hummus. It happened like this: Late last night, I went over to my friend’s apartment with my Magic bullet, some garlic,  lemons, pita bread, chickpeas and tahini, and I said to her in my most assertive voice, “I’m making hummus.” Stunned by the news, my friend exclaimed, “Are you sure you’re ready for this?? I mean, you’ve been buying dip […]