You guys already know that I’m a huge fan of chickpeas. They have everything you need – protein, iron, calcium. You can read Healthy Eating Essential: Chickpeas to learn a little more, but if you’re already sold on the magic of chickpeas here’s a fun way to eat more of them.
There are so many ways to serve up pasta: with tomato sauce, grilled eggplants, mac and cheese style… the list goes on forever. Regular old white pasta is not very healthy for you, but chickpea pasta is awesome and packed with the stuff you need to stay healthy and energized. My one tip with chickpea pasta and with any other kind of whole grain pasta would be to add a little extra of your seasonings to the sauce. The pasta has a tiny bit of flavor so you need a little more pepper or garlic than usual to balance out the flavors and make your sauce still pop. When you use natural seasonings, like fresh basil, adding extra is good for you anyway.
Banza is a brand I’m enjoying right now. They come in a ton of shapes and sizes and are easy to have sent right to your door from Amazon. If you buy in bulk the shipping is free. Check out some of the styles below and get yourself a nice selection to play with. My favorite are the shells, but a good place to start is the variety pack. We’d love to know what you thought and if there was a special sauce that you enjoyed the most with it.
I’ll be posting up a recipe for healthy mac and cheese using nuts and yams for the “cheese” on some chickpea shells soon. Enjoy! 🙂