This is a quick and Creamy Saffron Garbanzo Beans recipe great when craving a great nutritious casserole with a very different flavor kick!
Living in Milan made us realize how widely used is saffron in this region. It is a fundamental part of Lombardy’s staple dish: the saffron risotto.
It is autumn, and we love eating seasonal ingredients. Why? To consume local produce, environmentalism, and of course, flavor. So we decided to have this for lunch given the great variety of mushrooms everywhere these days!
I recommend using various mushrooms and cutting them into different shapes; it contributes to the complexity of the flavors and textures.
Garbanzo beans: a Great Post-workout Meal
We came back from our morning run and needed some high-protein-packed lunch, so this one was a no-brainer dish.
We have been making this dish for a while, with some variations, as it also makes a great and quick protein-packed dinner.
How to Make a Protein-Packed Meal
This recipe is part of our repertoire of protein-packed vegan meals (if made with vegan mozzarella a) which works perfectly. It is an instant pot recipe that is made in minutes.
It would be best if you had pre-cooked chickpea beans, vegan mozzarella cheese (or brie), mushrooms, saffron, and herbs.
Start chopping your shallots (or red onion), half of the mushrooms and garlic.
Stir fry with olive oil.
Add the canned or previously cooked chickpeas, saffron and herbs.
Stir in the other half of mushrooms.
Lastly add the vegan mozzarella cheese (or brie) in pieces.
We like eating it with warm basmati rice.
Pro-tip: cooking raw chickpeas
If you want your chickpeas to be soft and creamy fast, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the boiling water. You will see that a froth will come up immediately. Take it away al let it boil. They will take only from fifteen to twenty minutes.
Benefits of Garbanzo Beans
Garbanzo beans are a very healthy food.
They are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein. These make them great allies for weight management to blood sugar control.
Chickpeas are affordable and available at most grocery stores either canned or raw. They make an excellent meat alternative to supply for protein in vegetarian and vegan meals.
More Recipes using Garbanzo Beans
Looking for Quick Hearty Recipes? Take a look:
- Curried Hearty and Spicy Sprouted Lentils Soup
- Herbs Stuffed Mushrooms
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Fresh Red Thai Curry
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Protein-packed Saffron Garbanzo Beans
- 14 ounces chickpeas pre-boiled, or two drained only-water cans, no preservatives
- 14 ounces mushrooms your choice or a mix of portobello, cremini, oyster, white button, all work well
- 7 ounces vegan mozzarella cheese, or vegan brie
- 4 shallots or 2 small red onions coarsely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil extra-virgin
- 1 teaspoon rosemary or dill
- ½ teaspoon saffron
- 1 cup vegetable stock or garbanzo liquid from boiling or cans
- 1 ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- In a saucepan, stir fry the onions, half of the mushrooms, and garlic in olive oil on medium heat.
- Add the saffron and herbs, immediately followed by the garbanzo beans.
- Add the rest of the mushrooms cut in different shapes (this will contribute to better textures in every bite).
- Add the vegetable stock, salt, and pepper.
- When creamy, add the cheese, which will melt in about a minute.
- Serve immediately.
Want to know more about Chickpeas Benefits check HealthLine
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