Cost: Approx. $1.00 per 15 oz can
Found in: Grocery stores
Great for: Salads, Couscous, hummus, pasta dishes
If you’re a vegetarian, you probably already have these little guys in your pantry. And if you don’t, you should. I have been asking my fellow home-cooks what they have in their pantries and everyone has been saying chickpeas. I’m (obviously) not a vegetarian, but I can’t even keep these in stock in my house. They are a fiber and protein rich addition all sorts of dishes. I recently sauteed them with onions and served them as a puree under seared scallops drizzled with chorizo oil. Of course, we all should always have some in stock to make hummus. The possibilities are endless. But the point is, get some and start cooking!