This is one of those recipes that can be eaten in many different ways. We like it with coriander chutney and fresh veggies all stuffed in a pita pocket. My kids like to eat it on crackers or with corn chips with their veggies on the side. I made this spread for Paul (my hubby) when he was going to school full time because it was an easy meal to make quick in the morning before he left for his 12 hour day. And it was filling for him too, he would be able to eat it and last for another 4-5 hours until he could come home and eat. He did not have time to eat out during school so he needed something that was easy and hearty. And in turn my kids started to love it too. Garbanzo beans are such a fun legume and so good for us too!
This is how Lukas & Elsie like it and on their special plate!
And how Paul likes it.
Garbanzo Bean Sandwich Spread Recipe
4 c garbanzo beans, cooked, chopped
1/2 red onion, minced
2 celery stalks, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced (or more if you like!)
2 TBS chicken like seasoning (I make my own and it is not salty)
1/2 tsp salt (leave out if using store bought chicken like seasoning)
1 tsp garlic powder
2 TBS chives, dried or fresh, minced
1 TBS parsley, dried or fresh, minced
1 TBS coriander
1/4 c hummus (this needs to be non-thick hummus or you will need water to mix the spread)
1. Chop the garbanzo beans so they are still large pieces.
2. Add the red onion, celery stalks and garlic and mix well.
3. Add the seasonings and hummus in a separate bowl and add to garbanzo beans and vegetables.
4. Let sit covered in the fridge for 2+ hours to allow the flavors to blend and marinate.
5. Serve with crackers or in pita bread with fresh vegetables and coriander chutney.
FYI: Coriander chutney is very spicy and can be purchased at your local Indian Market. Or you can buy it online. Other chutney would be good as well for those that prefer a more mild addition to the garbanzo bean sandwich spread.