Rich in fiber and other nutrients, and plenty delicious, chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans) are one of our favorite proteins. Chickpeas feature heavily in Middle Eastern Recipes. With just a little love, you can make the most of chickpeas. Creamy and rich when made just right, they are even better than the best bean recipes we could find. Braise them for a stew, purée them, or grind them into flour—then use them to make one of these recipes, our favorite ways to cook chickpeas.