Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sicilian Inspired Chickpea Sandwich Filling with Artichokes

Question: How can I use chickpeas on a sandwich that doesn’t involve hummus?

Answer: Try a smashed chickpea sandwich filling.

I love hummus, but sometimes need a change. This sandwich filling also uses chickpeas but instead of pureeing them I smashed them lightly. The purpose for smashing the chickpeas is to keep the filling from rolling out of the sandwich easily. The lime juice (acid) was added for flavor, without resorting to salt. The filling needed a little oil for flavor. I use a lot of hot crushed peppers. I love the flavor and heat the peppers add without a lot of calories. The marinated artichokes were included for both flavor and texture. The slightly firm texture of the chickpeas was a nice contrast against the softness of the artichoke hearts.

Sicilian Inspired Chickpea Sandwich Filling with Artichokes
Makes 4 servings


1 cup of dried chickpeas, cooked and drained
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of hot crushed peppers
½ teaspoon of dulse granules (or substitute kosher salt to taste)
1 cup of marinated artichoke hearts, drained thoroughly and roughly chopped


Cook chickpeas and drain thoroughly. Add lime juice and olive oil to chickpeas while still hot so they absorb the flavors better. Using a potato masher, crush the beans roughly. Add the remaining ingredients to the chickpeas and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 128.17
Calories From Fat (28%) - 36.34

Total Fat - 4.16g
Saturated Fat - 0.54g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 227.53mg
Potassium - 287.92mg
Total Carbohydrates - 20.31g
Fiber - 5.39g
Sugar - 0.3g
Protein - 4.56g


I served this chickpea salad on a sprouted whole grain wrap with broccoli sprouts and lamb’s quarters. The broccoli sprouts were included fro their cancer fighting potential. The lamb’s quarters was included for their high nutritional values. This filling would also make a nice topping for a green salad.

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