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Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are a great food, high in protein and other good stuff. I tend to get in a rut and only use them for making hummus, though. Here's another way to use them - since we all like broccoli-and-cheese dishes, adding chickpeas to that mix was a hit! I made this as a side dish with a meal, but next time I'll give it main dish status - make a little more and serve it over rice.

Cheesy Chickpeas and Broccoli
-3 cups fresh broccoli, cut into florets
-1 15 oz. can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
-3 tablespoons butter
-3 tablespoons flour
-1 1/2 cups milk
-1/2 teaspoon curry powder
-1/4 teaspoon black pepper
-1 1/2 – 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Steam the broccoli until tender-crisp, about 3-5 minutes. Drain and toss together in a casserole dish with the chickpeas.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Then stir in the milk and cook until beginning to thicken, about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the curry powder and pepper; stir well and remove from heat. Stir in the cheese little by little until it is all melted. Pour the cheese sauce over the broccoli and chickpeas.

Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

The curry powder is optional, but it does add to both the flavor and the color!

Recipe modified very slightly from here.


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Apr. 17th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
I’m going to have to put this on the menu next week. It looks so good & my kids are suckers for anything with a catchy name.
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