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      09.11.2013 14:14
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      Lovely chickpeas!

      One thing that I buy often is chickpeas. I usually add them to casseroles and to curries as I simply love them!

      These I bought the other week from Tesco and a 400g can cost me 60p.

      The can comes with a picture of the chickpeas on the front of it and we are clearly told that they are Tesco Chick Peas In Salted Water and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on the back of the can other information listed includes being told the ingredients, heating instructions are given, the size is stated (as I have listed already) and contact details for Tesco's are given. Its a standard can really this one and it is informative enough.

      The Chickpeas:

      What you get in a can is lots and lots of round, cream coloured chickpeas in water. You can heat these up on the hob and in a saucepan or in the microwave along with the water that they come in for a couple of minutes or add them to dishes and let them simmer within the food which is what I do.

      These chickpeas are lovely and really good quality. With some chickpeas they can be quite rock hard and resemble bullets but not these, however at the same time they do stay well formed and whole without any skins flaking off them and they don't go mushy. They do have a slightly seasoned taste to them too though they are not overly salty and taste wise they have a creamy texture to them.

      60p a can is more than I usually pay out for chickpeas but I can see why they cost that much because you are paying for good quality with these. They are suitable for Vegetarians and for people watching their waistlines too cos half a can only contains 145kcal and just 0.4g of Saturated Fat and just 2-3 tablespoons of them equate to one of your five a day recommended fruit/vegetable portions!

      These are filling, tasty and very versatile so thumbs up from me and and I will certainly be buying them time and time again in the future as they are worth the extra few pence I spend on them compared to my usual branded one's!

      Only available from Tesco stores.

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        08.04.2012 05:56
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        Full of goodness & protein

        I've recently (about 3 weeks ago now) cut meat out from my diet and couldn't feel any better for it! Before deciding to cut out all meat including poultry from my diet I researched the possible side effects and so on, and I came to the conclusion that I needed to bring something else into my diet that would give me a source of protein. I am still eating fish at the minute but I don't really want to eat it everyday, which is why chickpeas come in handy. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans are really versatile and tasty and they also have many health benefits. Not only are they full of protein and fibre but they also apparently help to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

        In my opinion, chickpeas are chickpeas, which is why I set out to pick up the cheapest that I could see. There wasn't many brands to choose from to be honest so I just grabbed these, which are the Tesco own brand. I was hoping to buy a multi-pack however they're only available in individual 400 gram cans, which are priced at 79p each. This is quite expensive for one can of chickpeas however the can's a decent size and I have found that I can get 3 or 4 decent sized servings out of one can. Packaging wise, the chickpeas come in an average allumenium can which has pictures of chickpeas all over it with the Tesco logo as well as the product name. The nutritional values are also stated clearly on the front.

        The can needs to be opened with a tin opener which is a little more time consuming then it would be to just have a pull ring, but no big deal! The can is full to the brim with chickpeas and water and I usually drain some of the water off but keep some (around half a can) to boil the chickpeas in if i'm putting them into a soup but if i'm making humous I obviously drain it all off. Tesco state that the chickpeas come in water, which they do, but upon looking at the ingredients I can see that there's also salt in there. This isn't noticeable though (taste wise) and the water doesn't have a briney type of colour or taste. The chickpeas all look relatively fresh and are consistent in size and shape. They're a beige colour and are quite hard to the touch.

        I make loads of different meals and snacks with chickpeas. They're seriously so versatile! My current favourites are couscous with chickpeas mixed in, vegetable soup with chickpeas mixed in to bulk it up and add protein, chickpea curry and ofcourse humous. It's so easy to make humous; all you need is chickpeas, a blender, oil, lemon juice and garlic and it tastes amazing - even my boyfriend asks for seconds lol. I also came across a 'chickpea burger' recipe a few days ago and am going to try it sometime as it sounds yummy. The chickpeas are rich and flavoursome and really tasty, they taste good quality and not bland or wattery and they're just the right texture; not too hard but not at all mushy. They are suitable for veggies and vegans. Calorie wise, there are 89 calories per 80 grams - not bad at all and they're so filling. I overall reccomend these chickpeas as although they seem a bit pricey a can does last for a number of servings and the chickpeas are tasty & good quality.

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          26.02.2010 18:12
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          Good chickpeas!

          I have bought and used Tesco tinned chickpeas several times now and always had good results with them.

          I have used Tesco chickpeas for many different things and have liked these Tesco ones as much as any other I have used in the past.

          I have used them simply to bulk up stews and also I have used them as a side serving because much to my wife's disgust I enjoy them that way.

          Tesco's chickpeas are very good value for money at less than 40p for a large tin, the peas are always of consistent good quality, colour and taste, I have never come across so much as one bad pea in any of the tins I have used.

          The chickpeas are also a good size, small enough not to go mushy but big enough not to be hard and you never get any broken tiny bits in the tins or at least I have never had any.

          I would recommend these to anyone that uses chickpeas, they are good for many things including adding to curry`s for something a little different and with some other tinned chickpeas costing twice as much why wouldn't you buy these ones.

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            16.12.2009 16:38
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            GOOD TINNED CHICK PEAS

            The Tesco own brand of chick peas is a tinned item I have bought several times now as I think they are very useful to keep in my larder.

            The tinned chick peas always have a good sell by date which means they always last a long time and I can keep them in my cupboard until I need them.

            The tin can be bought in a large size too and this feeds two or three people depending on what I use the chick peas for. I have made hummus before which is a good way of using up chick peas and it always goes down well when I have guests. The Tesco own brand of chick peas are as good for making hummus as other brands I have bought.

            If I am cooking with the chick peas I like to put them into a mixed stew or caserole and the Tesco brand is just as good as other brands for these meals. They add a lot of bulk to meals like this and make them filling for a cold winters night.

            Another great way to use the Tesco tin of chick peas is to add them to curry dishes and serve with basmatie rice. I cook this when I have guests round as it is a nice filling dish and is very tastey.

            The Tesco tinned chick peas are good value and only cost about 40 pence for the smaller size of tin. There is a larger tin which you can buy too and this is about ten or fifteen pence dearer but will feed more people so if I am cooking for a few people I will buy the bigger tin.

            The colour of the label is no longer blue like in the picture here but it has changed slightly and so it is not as eye catching as the blue colour. It can be found in Tesco on the same aisle as other tinned vegetables like sweet corn.

            I will keep buying the Tesco tinned chick peas as they do what I need them to do and they are easy to keep in my cupboard until I need them for a stew or caserole. I would suggest giving them a try as they are good for you and help to bulk out meals such as curry or stews.

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              12.10.2009 18:43
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              A very versatile little legume.

              Humans have been cultivating chickpeas (also known as Garbanzo beans and Egyptian peas) for over 7500 years. Chickpea remains of that age have been found in the Middle East.

              They have a lot of health benefits. Even though they naturally have a relatively high-fat content it is 'good' fat. They have been proven to lower cholesterol and prevent heart attacks. They are also a source of fibre which helps to maintain a healthy digestive system. A portion of chickpeas is low Gi and also counts towards your 'five-a-day'.

              Chickpeas usually look pale beige, though they are available in more colours. They look small and round with a pointed tip. They aren't actually peas at all, but the seed of a bush.

              You can buy them dried which is the cheaper option if you are organised enough to remember you need to soak them overnight before you use them. I rarely plan ahead so I stock up on these tinned ones. The 400g (240g drained) tin costs 48p and a smaller 220g (130g drained) tin costs 38p.

              The design of the tin has changed now. Instead of the blue colour, the entire tin now features the chickpea design, with cooking and nutritional advice on white panels.

              They are vegetarian of course, but they are not guaranteed nut-free.

              Tesco tinned chickpeas are very good quality. When soaking dried chickpeas it's normal to need to discard a few before using, but I have never needed to throw out any of the tinned ones. You can heat them, microwave them or eat them cold.

              They taste soft and starchy giving no resistance to the teeth. They don't taste of anything much on their own but they are very versatile and good for adding to other things like salads or a vegetable soup. They can make for a decent quick meal on their own with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper and some chopped fresh herbs like parsley or coriander.

              I mainly buy chickpeas for the purpose of making houmous/hummus which is a middle Eastern dip that is increasing in popularity year by year. I'm not an ambitious cook but I always make my own houmous. It's so simple anyone can do it, and it works out cheaper to make it yourself than to buy it.

              This is the recipe I follow to make houmous, it keeps for up to a fortnight in the fridge so I make about 500g worth each time.

              1. First crush 2 peeled cloves of garlic.
              2. Strain a 400g tin of chickpeas, rinse them under cold water and toss to remove excess water.
              3. The chickpeas go in the blender with the garlic and 2 tbsp olive oil. You can mash them together if you don't have a blender.
              4. Blitz for a few seconds then add in 2 tbsp of lemon juice and 5 tbsp tahini sauce. Blend as much as you like, I like it nearing smooth but not quite there.
              5. Any adjustments after taste test - salt, pepper, extra lemon, extra oil?
              6. Put leftovers in a bowl with a thin layer of olive oil on the surface, cover with clingfilm and keep in the fridge.

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                01.08.2009 08:29
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                Ditch the ready made hummous and buy some for your cupboard

                I watched a tv documentary about a food factory about a year ago and it showed the conditions in a factory that made hummous. The factory workers wore wellies and went to the toilets in the wellies, returning to the factory floor and working in their wellies. It showed stuff being dropped on the floor and then used in the hummous. As the toilets were far from pristine, the programme made the observation that some hummous could contain fecal matter. Barf. It was at this point that I committed to making my own hummous.

                I do boil up dried chickpeas quite a lot - but it is a faff as you have to soak them overnight at least - but 24 hrs soaking is better. This means you have to plan in advance and I don't always do this well. Therefore, it is always good to have some tinned chickpeas as a staple in your cupboard. In this way, you need never be denied hummous.

                I had my nose put out the other day as my partner decribed peeling open sandwiches on a work day and saying, " Oh no, not hummous again". It seems I make hummous all of the time now. I think Tesco does very well out of me for chickpeas.

                It must follow that I like Tesco chick peas - and I do.

                Price
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                Around 75-80p.

                Packaging
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                The chick peas are packed in a sturdy, recyclable can with a simple blue label. The can needs to be opened with a tin opener and is full of chick peas.

                Appearance
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                I do love the fact that chick peas actually do look like the heads of chicks and can often be found examining one in wonder.

                The peas are very firm - much firmer than many other cooked pulses I use. This makes then quite hard to blend in my blender if there is not enough liquid in there.

                Using Chick Peas
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                Open the can and use in any recipe. Chick peas are bland and eating them on their own is a punishing experience. Use them in recipes and they are amazing.

                Well yes, hummous. I generally make a huge portion a week. I also use them in Quinoa Salad (what a nutritional kick that dish has) and in my most favourite dinner, Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry. I have made my own falafals with the chick peas too.

                In all of these recipes Tesco chick peas have fared well producing consistently good results.

                Digestion
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                Pulses cannot be digested in the stomach like most other food - they are fully digested in intestine - which is why they produce so much gas. Chick peas are no exception to this rule. In fact, I think they are particular culprits. This could be an off-putting factor of eating bean-like foods for many people. I just eat them and get on with it, happy in the knowledge I am eating delicious food which is healthy.

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                A fantastic food that no cupboard should be without!

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                  29.07.2009 22:26
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                  My mum always told me to stay away from tinned food and to use fresh vegetables; but let's face it I'm just too unorganised to plan 12 hours in advance what I want to eat and soak dried chickpeas in water overnight.

                  You can always find one or more tins of chickpeas in my cupboard and the Tesco ones are just the cheapest on the market. I use them in so many dishes, starting from homemade hummus to Indian curries.

                  The chickpeas seem to be of a good quality. The taste great and are not soggy at all; I never found any 'bad' or discoloured ones in the tin.
                  As they are in pure water you don't really have to wash them before using and they keep their natural taste.
                  If you cook them you can just empty the whole can in a saucepan and after cooking for 4 min drain all the excess water and serve. If you mix them in a curry or chilli con carne just drain and add the chickpeas to the sauce.

                  The label informs us that the chickpeas contain sulphides and that no nuts were used but as always they cannot guarantee that it is nut-free. The chickpeas are of course suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

                  One can with 400g (drained 240g) will cost you around 80pence which is not bad if you compare it what you have to pay for ready made hummus.
                  The chickpeas are also the main ingredients for curries or for chilli con carne - it's never bad to have a can or two at home as chickpeas are very multifunctional and of course healthy as well.

                  1/2 can is one portion of your 5 a day but I think that it is as with every type of pulses and that one whole can would still be only one portion and not two. 120g (half a can) contains:
                  * 145kcal
                  * 8.6g protein
                  * 19.3g carbohydrates
                  * 3.5g fat
                  * 4.9g fibre
                  * and only traces of sodium and salt

                  I can highly recommend the Tesco whole foods chickpeas!
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                  My favourite hummus recipe with lemon and basil:

                  * 1 tin Tesco chickpeas, drained
                  * 15 basil leaves
                  * 1 clove of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
                  * 3 tablespoons of olive oil
                  * salt
                  * 4 tablespoons of lemon juice

                  Preparing the hummus is so easy that it's hard to believe that people actually buy it ready made; just mix all the ingredients in a blender and blend till it's smooth.
                  Serve chilled with uncooked vegetable sticks as a nice and healthy lunch or snack while watching a movie.

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