What’s a WIC family to do with all those beans?!? Chili is most people’s go to basic for using up the beans because you can make a big batch of it, it’s pretty kid friendly, and it also freezes great! But if you’re tired of chili and tired of making up Mexican dishes, what else can you do with all those beans?
I have a suggestion: have you looked into buying chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) with your bean voucher? Chickpeas are those funny shaped blonde bumpy round things you see on salad bars sometimes (I’ve seen people put them on salads, but I never have myself). They taste pretty good in veggie soups. I’ve even seen recipes for baking them until they’re crunchy little snacks. They seem to get the most praise and adoration when they’re used to make hummus (which is quite easy to make with a good blender or food processor).
If you’ve never had hummus, I suggest you go pick up a container of it at Aldi. It is about $1.69, I think, for a small container. Then you can see if you or anyone in your family likes it. I didn’t like hummus the first time I tried it, but for some reason I tried it again, and now it’s a food I love! I’ve also found out all 3 of my children will eat hummus by the bowl full!
If you’re making homemade baby food this is a simple and easy baby food staple. If food allergies run in your family you may want to sub almond butter for the tahini (which is sesame seed paste) or just leave that ingredient out all together. It will change the flavor slightly but my children love homemade hummus even if I substitute the tahini with almond butter, peanut butter, or leave out the tahini with no substitutions.
If you’re getting tired of bean recipes that use black beans or kidney beans or lentils, I highly recommend giving the garbanzo bean a try!