Chick Peas are a healthy addition to your diet. Cooking them yourself vs. purchasing them in the can is much healthier, no preservatives and you control the sodium ;)
The Tip Of The Day: Don't Cook Chick Peas With Salt, It Makes Them Tough!
Soak Chick Peas over night in water. This helps them cook faster.
Add some aromatics to the water, onion quartered, and a bay leaf.
Cover with water and cook until tender. Peas are done when you can squish them.
1/2 cup green olives pitted and slice
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 lemon - zest lemon set aside, reserve juice
Fresh ground pepper
Saute garlic in olive oil for a minute or so, add chick peas and mash with potato masher, heat through, add olives, lemon zest, lemon juice from 1/2 lemon, salt, pepper and fresh parsley.