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Vegan Chickpea Dinner Recipes

Garbanzo beans are one of my favorite sources of plant-based protein. Bookmark this list of easy vegan dinner recipes to make the most of a can of chickpeas!

List of Highly Rated Meals with Chickpeas

Chickpeas really are one of my most preferred sources of plant protein. They are easy to find, satisfying to eat (15 grams of protein in one cup!), and very adaptable to a number of different recipes. While cooking your own beans is always a more sustainable option, it’s true that cans come in hand for last-minute meals when you don’t have much prepared.

Scroll below to see the complete list! I’ve included a review (where available) for context and a short description for each.

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Black Pepper Chickpeas

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Perfect for a quick Monday night dinner. Threw a bunch of baby bok choy in, too – delicious!”

This recipe for Black Pepper Chickpeas is inspired by the traditional Panda Express meal, but with a plant-based twist! Serve with noodles or rice for a high-protein dinner!

close up of vegan black pepper chickpeas with broccoli and noodles

Chickpea Orzo Soup

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: “A perfect soup when you’re feeling under the weather! It came together so quickly and the flavors are great.”

This recipe for Vegan Chickpea Orzo Soup is extra comforting. Cozy up to a bowl of it to warm up this winter. It’s filled with comforting orzo, warming vegetable broth, hearty chickpeas, & bright turmeric.

bowl of vegan chickpea orzo soup on a table with a grey cloth and a piece of multigrain bread

Butter Chickpeas

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: “This is my favorite recipe ever! Not only is it so amazing to eat, but it’s also incredibly easy to make. I am so happy with how it turns out every time!

This recipe for Vegan “Butter Chickpeas” is inspired by the classic Indian restaurant dish butter chicken (murgh makhani). We’ve swapped the meat for hearty chickpeas but retained the creamy spiced tomato cream sauce. This is a dairy-free dinner that is ready in just 20 minutes, and it’s something that the whole family will love! Serve it with rice and naan.

bowl of butter chickpeas next to ripped naan

Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

This Vegan Kale Caesar Salad Recipe is a lunchtime winner that will make you crave greens! Full of hearty crispy chickpeas and doused in a tangy tahini-parmesan dressing, it will keep you full and satisfied. Full of plant-based protein, this easy lunch recipe is totally vegan and gluten-free.

overhead shot of kale caesar salad with crispy chickpeas

Couscous Stuffed Peppers

This recipe for Greek-Inspired Couscous Stuffed Peppers is full of refreshing Mediterranean flavors and plant protein! It’s ready in 30 minutes for the perfect weeknight meal.

plate of vegan stuffed peppers with couscous and herbs

Herby Quinoa Salad with Go-To Tahini Dressing


Say no to boring grain bowls! This Herby Quinoa Salad with Go-To Tahini Dressing is what all plant-based meal prepping aspires to be. It’s full of unique textures and fresh flavors.

side view of herby quinoa salad with tahini dressing

Roasted Cauliflower Bowls with Green Tahini

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: “I LOVE THIS!! I used mostly basil in the tahini, as my garden is overflowing with it, and the sauce was delicious! Definite keeper.

These Roasted Cauliflower Quinoa Bowls are customizable and very satisfying with a drizzle of bright green tahini sauce on top of peppery arugula. Pack them for lunch this week!

ovehead shot of cauliflower quinoa bowl with arugula

Baked Pistachio Falafel

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: “Delicious – would never have thought of using pistachios!”

This Baked Pistachio Falafel Recipe is so satisfying and a fun twist on a traditional food. These chickpea patties are loaded with fresh herb flavor and a perfect complement to salads, wraps, and more. Serve with a minty yogurt-tahini sauce for a satisfying lunch!

black plate with vegan pistachio baked falafel covered in cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs

Authentic Hummus

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: “Excellent!”

Make your own hummus the easy way, with pantry staples! This delicious, high protein recipe is a perfect vegan and gluten-free addition to so many meals and snacks. Inspired by my travels and the Yotam Ottolenghi “Jerusalem: A Cookbook,” this authentic hummus recipe will be your new favorite. Dried & canned chickpea options included as well!

platter of creamy ottolenghi hummus surrounded by carrots, pickles, onions, pita, and cherry tomatoes with fresh herbs
Authentic Hummmus

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad (One of Three Recipes, I need to update the photos!)

Mix and match your meal prep/lunch routine with these three easy quinoa salad recipes! Between a Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dressing, an Asian-Inspired Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce, and a Nutty Quinoa Fruit Salad, there is something for everyone. Most recipes ready in 15 minutes!

mediterranean fruit salad

Easiest Garlic Pasta

Need something for healthy dinner tonight, and fast? Make this simple garlic pasta! My favorite easy pasta recipe and childhood meal, it’s full of healthy vegetables and protein-rich chickpeas. Made in just 15 minutes, it’s a staple that requires very few ingredients and is so satisfying.

two bowls of garlic pasta with colorful vegetables
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About the Author

Emily (Frigon) Meyers is the founder of Garlic Head, a plant-based recipe website for all eaters who want to easily, affordably, and sustainably incorporate more vegetables into their diets while saving time and money. She is a lifelong vegetarian and 10+ year vegan. Garlic Head does not focus on labels - it focuses on creating food that everyone can enjoy.

Emily earned a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University along with degrees in Economics, Spanish, and Global Sustainability from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been featured on numerous podcasts and websites including The Food Institute, VegNews, Buzzfeed, and the Boston Globe.

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