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Don’t sleep on chickpea protein power! Here are 4 ways to prepare them

Get all the benefits of chickpea protein when you prepare them at home!

You find them in every good salad bar, but when was the last time you reached for chickpeas in your own kitchen? That’s going to change with the help of your Instant Pot.

Lisa Danielson is all for chickpeas. She shares why to reach for chickpea protein in your diet, and how to cook them up in the Instant Pot, roast them, and even mash them up for a homemade hummus. She also shares a Tuscan chickpea salad to go along with your newfound love of chickpeas. Thank us later!

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Tuscan Chickpea Salad

Not only are chickpeas high in protein (and a complete protein, at that), Lisa says they’re super budget friendly, and, high in fiber and iron! What’s not to love?



  • Two 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 2/3 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • ⅓ cup sundried tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 head red leaf lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped artichoke hearts


  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Wash and chop lettuce. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together all of the salad ingredients.
  3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients.
  4. Divide lettuce into 4 containers. Add chickpea mixture on top of each bed of lettuce. Divide dressing into 2 oz plastic cups and place inside each container with salad. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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