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11 Ways to Celebrate the Chickpea, Humble Lunchtime Savior

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Creamy and endlessly adaptable, sturdy and hearty, inexpensive and flavorful, pantry standby for vegans and carnivores alike: Where would we be without the chickpea? For such a humble bean, it pulls its weight, and at no hour is this clearer than at noon, when it's time for lunch.

Add to the chickpea's accolades that it's quick to prepare (especially if you made a big batch of dried chickpeas ahead of time, or canned chickpeas are more your style) and extremely well-behaved in transit (good at room temperature, easy to pack) and it'll keep you full through the afternoon. And then make one of these chickpea-centric, lunch-ready recipes and find 11 more reasons to sing the garbanzo's praises:

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Chickpea "Tuna" Salad
Chickpea "Tuna" Salad
A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre
A Warm Pan of Chickpeas, Chorizo, and Chèvre
Jeweled Millet
Jeweled Millet
Roasted Chickpea Salad with Za'atar
Roasted Chickpea Salad with Za'atar
Moro's Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini
Moro's Warm Squash & Chickpea Salad with Tahini
Carrot Chickpea Couscous Salad
Carrot Chickpea Couscous Salad
Zahav's Hummus Tehina
Zahav's Hummus Tehina
Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Coriander
Roasted Sweet Potato with Chickpeas, Goat Cheese, and Coriander
Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas
Joan's on Third's Curried Chickpeas
Lablabi (Middle Eastern Spicy Chickpea Stew)
Lablabi (Middle Eastern Spicy Chickpea Stew)
Moro's Chickpeas and Spinach (Garbanzos con Espinacas)
Moro's Chickpeas and Spinach (Garbanzos con Espinacas)

What's your go-to chickpea lunch? (Tossed with a little vinegar and some chopped cucumber? Oven-roasted?) Tell us in the comments.

Tags: chickpeas, garbanzos