_ When I started med school I told myself that I was finally going to dedicate to meal prepping early in the week. Not only would it make my life easier, but I was guaranteed to save $$ and also eat healthier. Problem: I’m a pescetarian and prepping protein that isn’t chicken is expensive and also not easy. Enter my new best friend: the Chickpea meatball.
Now for some of y’all, you’re probably asking me what’s a chickpea? Maybe garbanzo bean rings a bell instead? This chickpea meatball recipe is super easy to prep, super tasty (both hot and cold), and if you change the condiments (think hummus or a red pepper sauce), can make for really diverse meals!
Now for the recipe. Admittedly, I don’t measure when I make these, but I’ve given you some rough estimates. The best part about chickpeas is that they really take well to a variety of flavours. Feel free to omit or add spices to suit your pallet!
Chickpea meatball Recipe:
- 1 can chickpeas (I use a 798 mL can, which I think is 28 ounces)
- roughly 1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup – 3/4 cups bread crumbs
- 1/2 tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt. I recommend Kosher salt.
- 1/2 tsp pepper
NOTE: I try to keep my recipes easy as pie. All of the spices I used were bought at the dollar store, except for the Kosher salt.
NOTE #2: I am not a food photographer and the lighting in my kitchen is AWFUL. Please forgive my less-than-Instragram-worthy food pics.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Wash and drain can of chickpeas.
- Place chickpeas into bowl and mash. I recommend not using a blender, but rather using your hands or a potato masher.
- Add eggs and spices. Mix well.
- Start by adding 1/2 cup of bread crumbs. If the mixture is still too wet or goopy, continue to add bread crumbs until you reach a more dry consistency. YOU DON’T WANT IT TOO DRY THOUGH. Essentially, you want enough bread crumbs that the meatballs will will role into a ball without melting into a puddle when you put them on the tray.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes. My trick is to lift a “meatball” to check if the bottom is golden brown or not. You’ll notice that as they cook they get “crusty”.
Voila! A super simple chickpea meatball recipe to keep you happy, healthy, and full 🙂 Be sure to let me know what you think!