I don’t know about you, but I am a HUGE fan of having healthy snacks on deck when hunger strikes. This freezable coconut curry chickpeas recipe is the perfect easy and healthy snack. The delicious curry can be frozen in freezer bags to be enjoyed later as a dinner side or quick microwave snack! And it uses mostly pantry ingredients, making your life so much easier.
Who Will Love This Recipe?
I am currently pregnant, and with pregnancy comes quite a few anxieties. One of which being “am I nurturing my baby well enough?”. I was sick and tired of eating crappy processed snacks, and wanted to have something I could quickly warm up that is both healthy and delicious.
This is one of the best freezer meals for new moms because it can be made in a large batch, and it is super healthy for you. I definitely would add this to my ‘foods to eat when pregnant first trimester’ pinterest board LOL! It can also make a great ‘make ahead’ dinner side recipe for anyone who is short on time.
- Freezer meals for new moms
- Healthy pantry meals
- If you are looking for a canned chickpeas recipe
- Pregnancy snacks
- Healthy pregnancy meals
- Make ahead dinner sides
And I mean, who doesn’t love creamy chickpeas loaded with rich and diverse flavors?
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What Makes This A Healthy Freezable Coconut Curry Chickpeas Recipe?
Here, let me break down the health benefits of this delicious Indian side dish!
|Curry, Turmeric, Garam Masala||Garam masala is great for your gut and helps to release gastric juices, aiding in digestion. The curcumin found in Turmeric may increase BDNF levels in the brain, which may be effective in preventing brain diseases such as Alzheimers. Curry is a blend of Indian spices, and may aid in improved heart health by boosting blood flow and improving blood vessel function. All three spices are full of antioxidants which can help fight inflammation and free radicals in the body!|
|Chickpeas||This legume is packed with protein and fiber, which are significant in appetite control. Chickpeas also have a low glycemic index, making them a great snack or meal for people trying to maintain their blood sugar levels.|
|Ginger||Ginger contains gingerol, a powerful antioxidant with strong antiinflamatory effects. Ginger may also help to lower blood sugar and lower heart disease risk factors!|
|Coconut Cream||Coconut cream is an excellent source of potassium and actually has a relatively high fiber content! It is also rich in B vitamins, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.|
|Red Onion||Red onions contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which may help prevent cancer and bladder infections! Red onion may also help get rid of unwanted bacteria in the body, and may reduce your risk of cancer .|
How Do You Freeze It?
Can you freeze chickpeas? Can you freeze coconut cream? Actually YES! These ingredients freeze very well, and can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months!
Freezable Coconut Curry Chickpeas
- 3 15.5 oz cans of chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 medium red onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tbsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp coriander
- 2 15.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp red curry paste
- 2 tbsp ginger paste
- 1 cup canned coconut cream
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 2 tbsp coconut oil olive oil is fine too
- parsley or cilantro as garnish
- pint sized ziplock freezer bags, or freezer safe glass freezable containers.
- Heat a large dutch oven over medium-high heat, then add the coconut oil. When hot, toss in the chopped red onion, yellow onion and carrot. Stir occasionally and sauté until begining to become translucent, about 8 minutes.
- Now pour in your strained and rinsed canned chicpeas. Stir it in, and make a well in the middle of the pot (so the bottom of the pot is exposed). Scoop the curry paste and garlic paste into the well, and cook for 60 seconds before mixing with the chickpeas and onions.
- Pour in the soy sauce, 2 cans of diced tomatoes and salt/pepper. Stir well, then add the turmeric, garam masala, curry powder, garlic powder, dried thyme and coriander. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
- Now pour in the coconut cream, stiring well. Bring the mixture to a simmer, and allow to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
- When done, toss in some chopped parsley or cilantro and serve immediately, refridgerate or freeze.
- Allow the mixture to come to room temperature before spooning into ziplock freezer bags or freezer safe glass containers. Try to get as much air out of the bags before sealing. Make sure to label the date so you know how long they have been frozen!
- Lay the plastic bags flat in a freezer and freeze! Once fully frozen, you can stack the freezer bags.
- These coconut curry chickpeas can be left frozen for up to 3 months! When ready to serve, allow the bag to sit in hot water for a few minutes before scooping out the curried chickpeas into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 2-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. You also have the option to re-heat on the stove top.
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