“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Peas „
I love chick peas - I use them all the time in Chilli, Pasta, and salad dishes . Occasionally I even whip them up into a hoummus . I just started Slimming World yesterday, and with Chickpeas being a 'superfree' food, meaning I can eat as much as I like , I'm going to be eating a lot .
Good thing they're so convenient then . You can buy them dried, which then require soaking before use,but really, who has time for that . I buy mine canned from Sainsburys, and at 53p for a 410g, they're not expensive .
They're simple to use - simply open the can, drain, and rinse a little . Then, you can either eat them as they are, or add them into a dish . I usually add mine into a 3-bean chilli, as it's a good way of getting a little extra veg .
They have a rather unique taste and texture - sort of almost dry and powdery when you bite into them - sort of startchy. They don't really seem to have much flavour of their own, maybe just a mild nutty flavour, which I think is why they are so great in cooking , as they go well with many flavour combinations .
Chick Peas are pretty good nutritionally . They're low in calories, but the main selling point for me is that they are high in fibre . They're also a good source of protein, so ideal for using in place of meat in a meal (as I tend to do ) without missing out on useful nutrients .
These are a great inexpensive and versatile addition to any kitchen cupboard . 5 stars .
Last week I decided I really fancied a vegetable curry and I found myself a recipe online that looked really simple and looking through my cupboards I did have all the bits and pieces I needed.... apart from chickpeas. So off I went in search of some! I wasn't 100% sure what I was looking for to be perfectly honest with you either lol. I mean I know what are they are but have never purchased any before and have certainly never cooked with them! Eventually I found this 410g can priced at 48p in my local Sainsbury's and they seemed do be just the jobbie!
As I said these come in a 410g can that has a black label around it and on the front it has a photograph of the chick peas on there. In white and cerise pink writing I'm told the are Sainsbury's Chick Peas In Water and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and I'm told an 80g serving of these counts as '1 of 5 a day' and that they are a good source of fibre. On the back of the can a full nutritional rundown is listed along with ingredients (chickpeas and water), allergy advice (contains sulphites), I'm told they are suitable for Vegetarians, Vegans and Coeliacs, I'm told how to heat them through (4-5 minutes in a saucepan on the hob or 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 minutes in the microwave), given a serving suggestion and contact details for Sainsbury's are given. Nice enough, informative can however I would appreciate a ring-pull added for ease of opening but that's only a small niggle!
These are great and me, I simply shoved the whole lot into a saucepan and was surprised at how many there were, I was overrun with a huge chickpea convention! There was plenty of water to cook them in and if you want to you can of course season them as it isn't already done for you.
In appearance they are a cream colour, slightly rough textured and with just a sort of vegetable smell to them really. They cooked through in 4 minutes and held together very well indeed and looked great and not at all mushy. I tasted one of course to check it was cooked through properly and it had a nice texture to it and was gently chewy without breaking teeth and I was simply relieved they weren't soggy!
So I recommend these. Nutritious, easy to cook and versatile as I said I added mine to some onions and peppers and added a few spices to the mix for a quick curry and again they held well and absorbed flavours really well.
I will buy these again and definitely try using them in other things in the future! Can't wait to make home made houmous!
Nutritional Information Per Half Can:
Sat Fat: 0.1g
Total Sugars: 0.7g