22 Easy Chickpea Recipes

Got garbanzo beans? Check out these easy chickpea recipes! With hummus, salads, curries, and more, you're sure to find something you love.

Confession: I love chickpea recipes so much that I almost named this blog “Chickpea Chick.” In retrospect, I’m glad I went in a different direction, but chickpeas are still one of my all-time favorite foods. For starters, they’re healthy, delicious, and packed with plant-based protein, but they’re versatile, too. They can blend into creamy, lemony hummus, bake into crispy, herb-flecked falafel, add protein to a salad, crunch to a grain bowl, and so much more! Below, you’ll find 22 of my favorite chickpea recipes. They include garbanzo bean basics like roasted chickpeas and hummus, inventive entrĂ©es, and everything in between.…

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25 Best Bean Recipes

Not sure how to use that can of beans? You're in the right place. These easy bean recipes include something for everyone - chilis, tacos, and more!

If the grocery store shelves are any indication, we’re all on the hunt for good bean recipes right now. I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but in Chicago, it’s hard to find canned or dried beans anywhere. Jack and I may have had to visit a few extra grocery stores as a result, but at the same time, I’ve been happy to see that people are buying beans. They’re a fantastic source of plant-based protein, fiber, and other nutrients, they keep for weeks, and they’re delicious! What’s more, they’re incredibly versatile. Heat them on the stove with…

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

This cream of mushroom soup tastes decadent, but it's secretly healthy. Its creamy texture comes from pureed cauliflower!

Before I met Jack, I associated cream of mushroom soup with green bean casserole. I thought of it as an ingredient, not a dish on its own, and mushrooms themselves weren’t something I really sought out. But Jack may be the world’s #1 mushroom lover, and as I tried the mushroom pastas and sandwiches he loved, I discovered how delicious mushrooms could be. Prepared the right way, they become rich and savory, with an intense umami flavor. Now, I’m a total mushroom convert, and this homemade cream of mushroom soup is one of our favorite dishes to share on cold…

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Healthy Freezer Meals

Freezer meals can be a lifesaver at any time of day. Learn what to freeze (and how to freeze it) for an easy, delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

On busy nights, freezer meals are the first thing I turn to in order to get a quick, wholesome, and delicious dinner on the table. This might come as a surprise, as frozen food can get a bad rap as boring, mushy, or bland. While I’m not a fan of processed frozen dinners, I often freeze the soups, stews, and casseroles I make at home. Stored and reheated the right way, they’re just as flavorful as they were the day they were made. And when I have a freezer full of nourishing homemade meals, there’s no reason to eat out…

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Many-Veggie Vegetable Soup

Make this easy vegetable soup recipe with whatever veggies you have on hand! Nourishing and light, it's perfect for warming up on cold nights.

This vegetable soup recipe is cozy, healing, and warming – just the thing for cold nights, days when you’re craving a healthy reset, or any time you’re feeling a bit under the weather. I first started making it years ago, when I was bouncing back from a cold and had a ton of random veggies in the fridge. Using the ingredients I had in my pantry – vegetable broth, canned tomatoes, dried herbs, and vinegar – I transformed this jumble of vegetables into an amazing soup! Since then, I’ve made it again and again, with a different mix of veggies…

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Creamy Potato Soup

We can't get enough of this easy potato soup recipe. Filled with good-for-you ingredients, it's ultra creamy and comforting, but it's nourishing, too!

We’re obsessed with this potato soup recipe! It’s lusciously creamy and filled with bold, smoky, tangy flavor. If you have any leftovers, it tastes even better on the second day, but in our house, a pot of this soup never lasts long. In my book, this soup is perfect for the holiday season. The weather outside is frightful, so comfort food is what I’m craving. But in between all the cookies and holiday appetizers, I want to sneak in as many healthy meals as I can. That’s where this potato soup recipe comes in. Creamy and richly flavorful, it’ll satisfy…

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French Onion Soup

This easy French onion soup recipe will rival any you've had at a restaurant. Topped with crispy, cheesy baguette, it's rich, savory, and comforting.

French onion soup is one of my favorite comfort foods. For years, I haven’t been able to find a good vegetarian version of it, because it’s traditionally made with beef broth. But since caramelized onions are what make it so flavorful, it seemed like a prime candidate for a meat-free makeover. After lots of testing (and lots of soup), I’m here to tell you that this French onion soup recipe is just as good as any made with beef stock. Swimming with velvety caramelized onions, it’s bold, savory, and delicious. To make it, I turn to my go-to ingredients for…

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Easy Vegetarian Chili

Meet the best vegetarian chili recipe I've tasted! Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and fire-roasted tomatoes give it a delicious smoky kick.

Once the temperature starts dropping, I start craving comfort food. Lasagna, Mac and Cheese, Eggplant Parmesan, you name it. But while I love love love all of those things, some nights I want to get my comfort food fix with as little work as possible. That’s where this easy vegetarian chili recipe comes in. Like any good veggie chili, it’s hearty, warming, smoky, and spicy. Made with a short list of pantry ingredients, it packs in a hefty amount of veggies, but it’s so yummy that even a meat lover will fall for it (just ask Jack!). To make it,…

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Butternut Squash Soup

Served piping hot with a hunk of crusty bread, this creamy, nourishing butternut squash soup recipe is fall comfort food at its best.

My favorite fall tradition is making butternut squash soup on Sunday afternoons. On a brisk day, there’s nothing more soothing than chopping and simmering vegetables over a warm stove. As you cook, the kitchen fills with the cozy scent of sage, rosemary, and butternut squash, and when you’re finished, steaming bowls of butternut squash soup (that will last all week!) reward you for your work. In the past, my go-to butternut squash soup recipe has included coconut milk and curry spices, but this fall, I found myself craving one that was a bit more traditional. When I say traditional, I…

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35 Best Zucchini Recipes

Not sure what to do with your garden full of zucchini? These 35 zucchini recipes include dinners, desserts & more. You're sure to find one you'll love!

Now that we’re well into zucchini season, I thought I’d share my all-time favorite zucchini recipes! Zucchini is perhaps the most versatile vegetable – I love it for zucchini bread, zucchini pizza, zucchini pasta, stuffed zucchini & more. This week, I looked at my market haul of summer squash and asked, “What next?”. I’m sharing this round up today in case you, too, are looking for some new zucchini recipes. And if any of you have favorite zucchini recipes to recommend, let me know in the comments! Zucchini Appetizers Kick off your next dinner party with a summer squash starter!…

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Creamy Asparagus Soup

This lightly creamy asparagus soup is bright with lemon and loaded with spring herbs & veggies. It's the perfect fresh meal for a cool spring night.

It’s raining, it’s spring, and it’s asparagus season… so naturally, I made asparagus soup! I think this is the perfect spring soup because it’s lightly creamy and not at all heavy. The asparagus flavor is subtle and it has a nice sweetness from the peas and a fresh, herbal flavor from the basil. I like to serve this soup warm, but not piping hot so that the bright flavors don’t get muddled. Although, fun fact: my sister came over the other day and ate it cold out of the fridge like gazpacho, which I don’t totally recommend, but it works…

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.