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3 Garbanzos Recipes to Add Flavor to Your Weekends

Why add garbanzos into your weekend meal plan? They’re healthy, delicious, packed with plant-based protein, and versatile! You can work in garbanzos or chickpeas into soups, stews, salads, sandwiches or make simple, protein-rich snacks. Try it this weekend! Add a little extra with garbanzos and these easy, tasty recipes.

45-Minute Creamy Tomato Soup

Whet the appetite with a smooth, comforting serving of tomato soup with blended garbanzos. Tangy with tomatoes, creamy from the blended chickpeas!


  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 4 medium fresh tomatoes
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced into quarters
  • 1 can (400g) diced tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup Mega Prime Quality Garbanzos, cooked
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  •  ½ tsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 230°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wrap the garlic cloves in a piece of foil and place it on the baking sheet along with the whole tomatoes and the onion wedges. Drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes or until the tomatoes and onions are well browned.
  3. Peel the garlic and transfer the roasted vegetables to a blender. Reduce the oven heat to 400° F and line the baking sheet with a fresh sheet of parchment paper.
  4. To the blender, add the canned tomatoes, garbanzos, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, thyme leaves, a tablespoon olive oil, red pepper flakes, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ground pepper. Blend until creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  5. Serve the soup with the croutons and additional fresh thyme, red pepper flakes, and garbanzos, if desired.


20-Minute Pork Chops with Sweet & Sour Garbanzos

The kids will love succulent pork chops with a flavorful sweet and sour twist in just 20 minutes!


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pc. red onion, thinly sliced
  •  2 tbsp. vinegar
  •  1 tsp. sugar
  • 100mL chicken stock
  • 2 cans (225g) Mega Prime Quality Garbanzos
  • A handful of parsley, chopped
  • 2 pcs. pork chops


  1.  Heat olive oil and cook onion until soft. Add vinegar, sugar and a splash of stock. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  2.  Throw in garbanzos and stir for a few minutes before mashing with the back of a fork. Season and add parsley.
  3.  Season pork chops while heating the pan. Use tongs for placing the chops into the pan (fat side down first). Fry for 5-7 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Rest for 3-4 minutes, then stir any juices into the chickpeas and serve.


Quick Roast Chicken

Chicken breasts, cherry tomatoes and chickpeas, flavored with tarragon — just pop these in the oven for a juicy, meaty chicken roast! Check out the ingredients and steps.


  • 1 pc. red onion, cut into wedges
  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cans (225g) Mega Prime Quality Garbanzos, rinsed and drained
  •  4 pcs. chicken breasts, skinned
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  •  A bunch of tarragon, chopped
  • ½ lemon, juiced


  1. Heat the oven to 180°C. Combine oil, onion, tomatoes, garbanzos and chicken breasts (seasoned) into a deep baking tray. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Stir in tarragon.
  2.  Remove chicken breasts. Slice thickly and serve on top of an assortment of blanched vegetables. Drizzle with lemon juice.


BONUS: 25-Minute Crunchy, Roasted Chickpeas

Garbanzos can also be served as a snack! Whether for appetizer or merienda, this roasted chickpeas recipe delivers a crunch and crisp that’s sure to satisfy.


  • 1 ½ cups Mega Prime Quality Garbanzos, drained, rinsed and cooked
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Salt
  • Curry powder, paprika or other spices (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Spread garbanzos on a kitchen towel and pat them dry. Then transfer to the baking sheet. Toss and drizzle with olive oil and pinches of salt.
  3. Roast garbanzos for 20 minutes, or until crispy.
  4. Remove from the oven. While garbanzos are still warm, toss with pinches of curry powder, paprika or other preferred spices.

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