“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Peas „
Being a great source of fibre, protein and carbohydrates as well as one of your five a day we eat chickpeas on average once a week. Being tinned this variety can go straight onto your salad, stew or dip straight away after you drain and rinse them in cold water under your kitchen tap in a sieve for a few minutes. As seen in the photo they are also extremely good if you are on a Low Gi diet and are trying to find alternatives to eat if you are suffering from Irritable bowel syndrome or looking for more vegetarian alternatives to lead a healthier lifestyle. While cooking with specific weights you maybe need to keep an eye on the contents of the tin as although they don't require to be soaked the weight of the actual chickpeas is only 240g after drained of the goey liquid (composed of water and Sodium Metabisulphite) used to preserve the contents within. The tin quite conveniently also has a ring pull so you don't necessarily need a tin opener in order to consume the chickpeas themselves. Heating directions are also on the side of the tin to give directions for those using them for the first time but its all rather straight forward. The chickpeas are covered in a very thin light transparent skin much like that on peas or beans accept with no colour pigments. The chickpeas are creamy colour round in shape and formed of two semcircular segments much like large marrow fat peas and other pulses with a small point at the edge of each forming somewhat like tiny little plums or peaches. In terms of their flavour they are smooth, mild and lightly chalky and are ideal for bulking up most meals since they have the great ability to absorb all the flavours of their surrounding food. The liquid they are in is not worth keeping it can just be drained down the sink as it does not taste of anything and as previously stated is just goopey transparent liquid. The larger tins (400g) cost 60p per tin which isnt too bad though if you are only cooking for yourself or using the chickpeas for something small like a salad you can get the smaller tin of 210g for 45p but it is better value to get the larger tin which is usually the case when buying gbroceries form Tesco.
I used to live in a student house where we cooked for each other each night to help our budget go further. 2 of the girls in the house were vegetarian so we all followed this diet, and for the first time in my life I came across lots of different protein sources such as lentils and various other types of pulses. Before this, the most exciting pulse I had come across was a baked bean, so this was a culinary revelation. Nowadays, I mostly buy my pulses in packets, choosing to soak them myself and cook them before serving to my family. Sometimes though, if I have forgotten to soak what I need the night before, I will pick up some canned pulses. One of my favourite canned pulses is chickpeas - the reason for this being they are a bit tougher than other pulses and it can be difficult to cook them to a reasonable degree of softness to be palatable to my children. At 60p for a 400g tin (240g after draining of the water) this is a budget friendly option to cooking from scratch, and as the chickpeas are stored in unsalted water, then it is also a great healthy option for young children as there is only a trace of salt there. Chickpeas are very versatile, and you can use them in stews, or you can add them to salads, or chilli. My favourite way of cooking them is by making a casserole with chorizo. The strong taste from the chorizo is matched well with the texture of these beans. I also really like them in a vegetarian version of chilli alongside beans like kidney beans and black eye beans, or indeed instead of kidney beans within a traditional chilli con carne. I find the longer the chickpeas are cooked within the dish, the better the texture and flavour. The advantage to me in using the tinned version (instead of the dried version) is mostly that it is a lot speedier as they are soft enough to eat straight away, but they are also a lot more uniform in appearance and texture. They are all the same colour - none are still with skin around them. They are all pretty much the same size, and they look very appealing to me. Although I know my children will be a little fussy about eating chickpeas because they are a little chewier than the lentils I mostly serve, I know that they will eat this version without too much fuss. Half a can of chickpeas is very nutricious and counts as 1 portion towards the 5 fruit and veg per day that the government recommends that we eat. 1 portion is 145 calories, 8.6g of protein, 19.3g of carbohydrate (0.5g of sugar), 3.5g of fat (0.4g of this is saturated) and a whopping 4.9g of fibre. For me, pulses are a fabulous thing for adding bulk to my meals which will fill my family up, but also with low glycaemic properties so we don't get our blood sugars pinging about all over the place. I am always looking for ways to keep my husband and children full and not feed us with fattening foods so this is a way of looking after all of our health. I do prefer the chickpeas within something flavoursome, such as chillis and stew, and with things like garlic. Without any flavouring, I find them to be quite dry, chewy, and flavourless. They have a different texture to kidney beans or haricot beans - they are never as soft, so if you are not fond of other types of beans, perhaps these are not the pulse of choice for you. I have tried using chickpeas to make my own hummous by mixing with garlic and lemon juice and blending together. These chickpeas are soft enough to use to do this straight from the tin if you want to. I think pulses are a great food for being filling, and this is a means to get them served to the table very quickly. I find my kids are a lot more likely to eat this tinned version than when I cook the dried version, and my whole family will eat these although they would probably not choose them by theirselves. I love them, and would add them to a lot more dishes if I could get away with it. A great storecupboard item.
I gave up meat for Lent this year and had to seek out other sources of protein - I knew that chickpeas were very high in protein, and so sought out different recipes to cook them in. I tried Waitrose Essential's chickpeas, and these Tesco Whole Foods chickpeas. One thing that I noticed immediately was that they are much cheaper than even Tesco Value chicken pieces - at only 45p a can, and with (at least) 2 servings per each can, chickpeas are an incredibly cheap protein alternative with which you can serve your family. I say there are 'at least' 2 servings per each can, as these chickpeas are incredibly versatile - they are amenable to the addition of anything: brown rice, chopped up green and red bell peppers and onions, carrots, or most other kinds of produce, and therefore can be bulked up to feed much more than 2 people. I used these chickpeas primarily to cook my favorite chickpea salad, so I only added a diced onion and frozen peas to bulk them out. Even after I threw them into a hot pan along with the cooked ingredients in order to warm them through, they remained very solid and distinctively flavored. They stood up to re-heating in the microwave when I later ate the leftovers for lunch at work - they didn't immediately crumble once I took them out of the oven. I was very happy with these chickpeas - taste-wise, they were no different from the Waitrose Essential chickpeas. They were cooked very well - no hard bits and all perfectly moist and big. My only problem was a very minor one - the can doesn't have a pull top! I hadn't used a can opener in at least a couple of months as most cans now have a pull-top, but that's such a minor quibble it's almost embarrassing. Another thing to note is that chickpeas DO have a very distinctive taste - I tried using them in bibimbap and it just didn't work (though I have been able to throw in pretty much anything into bibimbap before without any problem), as again, they retained their flavor and texture too well! If you're looking for a tasteless filler for your soup or stew, consider using potatoes or lentils first. Chickpeas are worth exploring and making at least one of your main sources of protein. They're pretty cheap and so healthy!
I really love chickpeas. Well in general I am a vegetable and pulses fan but I'm absolutely mad for chickpeas! I can't eat them plain though and I love to add them to foods such as stews, casseroles and curries and my favourite being chicken and chickpea curry I make myself. Picking up a curry sauce mix the other day I rushed over before I forgot and grabbed a can of these chickpeas. The Packaging: 400g can and the label is a chickpea photograph. On the front of that and on a white block of colour I am told they are Tesco 'Whole Foods' Chickpeas in water and that they are a source of fibre 'which may help maintain a healthy digestive system' and are ideal for making houmous and then I'm told that 1/2 a can provides 1 portion of 5-a-day, that they are low GI and there is a nutritional at a glance chart displayed on there. Other information on the back of the can includes being told how to heat them up ( about 3 1/12 minutes in a microwave or you can heat them on a hob in a saucepan for about 3-4 minutes), ingredients and allergy advice is given (Contains sulphites), storage information is listed, there is a full nutritional chart listed on there and finally contact details for Tesco are given. Nice enough packaging and it is informative enough too. The Chickpeas: Well all they are is chickpeas in water basically. Lots of them, lots of water and it's up to you how you use them (of course). In appearance they are rather small, well formed and a yellowy colour and hard to the touch. They look robust and upon opening the can I only saw one chickpea skin floating (I hate those). For me I put them into my dishes to heat them up or of course you can heat them up and serve them as they are. When cooked I found that these didn't absorb flavours at all from my food but remained tasting like chickpeas and hadn't gone soggy and I actually like that about them. A robust chick pea and very versatile too! They were a little bullety really and so if you want them to go mushy these may not be a good option for you! Personally I liked them but I know many people probably wouldn't for that reason alone! Not particularly seasoned either they are what they and they taste rather natural really. Nutritional Information Per Half A Drained Can: Calories: 145 Sugar: 0.5g Fat: 3.5g Saturates: 0.4g Salt: Trace Only available in Tesco stores priced about 45p a can.