Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Elizabeth Cooks: Green Garbanzo Beans

Like I said, I am a cook. Not a chef, not a baker, but I can cook. And when I saw these little frozen green chickpeas I was intrigued and had to whip up something.

What are green chickpeas? Basically baby garbanzo beans, they are picked before the beans turn tan and get put onto salads or whipped into hummus. Taste-wise they're between a chickpea and an english pea. A little sweeter, a little less mushy. You can buy them fresh in the pods at a computer or at the farmers market- like this:
   Whole Foods also has a bag of frozen garbanzo beans. awh yeah.
Also. Bulgur is my new favorite grain. Basically it's whole wheat berries that have been already baked. So all you have to do is soak them in hot water for 30 minutes. No watching the stove to make sure they don't burn or over/under cooking. Can you get easier than that??
So here's a springy recipe just for you!

Green Chickpea Salad

1 bag 365 Frozen Green Chickpeas
1 cup bulgur (dry)
1.5 cup water
1 bunch Mint, chopped finely
1 / 2 red onion diced
2 T Lemon Juice
2 T olive oil
1 clove garlic chopped
Sea Salt
Black Pepper

Thaw green chickpeas. Bring water to a boil and add bulgur. Let sit for 30 minutes, until all the water is absorbed. Combine in a large bowl with mint, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste.

Happy Spring Eating!


Trish said...

Yum. This sounds and looks great! I've never heard of green chickpeas before...will keep an eye out for them at Whole Foods. Thanks for sharing!!

Carlene @ Carlene's Figments said...

You have totally solved my international market mystery! I've seen the shelled garbanzo beans before but didn't know how to use them. Thanks!

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