Spicy Chickpea Meal Prep Bowl

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These spicy chickpea meal prep bowls take just 20 minutes to make, and they are perfect for lunch or quick dinner. The dish is vegetarian and it’s a great source of fiber, fats, gluten-free, and protein.

The meal prep bowl contains chickpeas, avocado, mature cheddar, bell peppers, and loads of chopped parsley.

meal prep container with chickpeas, cheese and veggies

The meal prep bowl is very filling, even though it‘s vegetarian. That‘s mostly because chickpeas are actually a good source of protein.

They are high in carbs but around 30% of them are dietary fiber. Fiber is essentially food for your gut bacteria, it‘s very important for healthy digestion and it can overall improve your well-being.

The cheddar is another reason why this meal prep bowl is so filling. It‘s full of fats and protein. Also, it just goes so well with the chickpeas because they‘re naturally much sweeter.

two meal prep containers with chickpeas, cheese, and veggies

Ingredients You’ll Need

Chickpeas (2 cans)

Olive Oil (4 tbsp)

Onion (1 1/2)

Garlic (3 cloves, crushed)

Lemon Juice (2 tsp)

Parsley (1 cup, chopped)

Avocado (1 large)

Mature Cheddar (1/2 cup, shredded)

Red Bell Pepper (1)

Chilli Powder (1.5 tsp)

Coriander Leaf (2 tsp)

Paprika (2 tsp)

Cumin Powder (2 tsp)

Salt (a pinch)

How to Make Spicy Chickpea Meal Prep Bowls

Step 1. Mix all the spices and set aside.

Step 2. Heat the oil over medium heat, add onions, garlic and stir fry until translucent. Afterward, add the chickpeas and the mixture of spices.

Step 3. Cook for around 7-10 minutes until chickpeas get beautifully toasted. Afterward, stir in the parsley and lemon juice.

Step 4. Slice a large avocado and sweet red pepper. Add the chickpeas to food containers and cover with parsley.

Step 5. Finally, add cheese, avocado slices, and paprika slices. Feel free to squeeze some lemon juice on avocado so it stays fresh for longer.

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Reheating Chickpea Meal Prep Bowls

In fact, I prefer it cold. However, if you want to warm the dish up, I highly suggest only warming up the chickpeas. Otherwise, the cheese will melt, and the dish just won’t be the same.

You can also just throw the chickpeas into a frying pan. As little as a minute of heating the chickpeas up will do the job. They’ll get a little crispier and even more delicious.

Otherwise, if you don’t want to warm it up, don’t. It’s a perfect high protein meal prep bowl in that sense. You can just bring it to work and eat it for lunch outside.

two meal prep containers side by side

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4.48 from 71 votes

Spicy Chickpea Meal Prep Bowl

By Karo @ AllNutritious
A quick high protein vegetarian meal prep recipe for those who love spicy food. This high protein meal prep bowl is full of fiber, and fats making for a filling lunch or dinner meal.
Prep: 7 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Servings: 2 meal prep bowls

Ingredients 

Chickpeas

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice (fresh)
  • 1 cup parsley (chopped)

Other

  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup mature cheddar (shredded)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • chopped parsley

Spices

  • 1.5 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp coriander leaf
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • dash of salt

Instructions 

  • Mix all the spices and set aside.
  • Heat the oil over medium heat, add onions, garlic and stir fry until translucent. Afterward, add the chickpeas and the mixture of spices.
  • Cook for around 7-10 minutes until chickpeas get beautifully toasted. Afterward, stir in the parsley and lemon juice.
  • Slice a large avocado and sweet red pepper. Add the chickpeas to food containers and cover with parsley.
  • Finally, add cheese, avocado slices, and paprika slices. Feel free to squeeze some lemon juice on avocado so it stays fresh for longer.

Recipe Video

Nutrition

Serving: 1 meal prep bowl | Calories: 736kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 32g | Fiber: 24g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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8 Comments

  1. Julie says:

    I don’t think your nutrition data is correct. 89g fiber? The calories are high, and w whole can of chick peas per serving?

    1. Karo @ AllNutritious says:

      Hey, it’s 24g of fiber and 89 grams of carbs. Yes, it’s a whole can of chickpeas, you can reduce it and reduce your calories accordingly.

  2. Nancy says:

    You know the recipe says 5 teaspoons of chili powder but the video says 1.5 teaspoons? Which one is it? I’m hoping I just didn’t ruin step one since I just started making this and I don’t want to waste the spices 🙁

    1. Karo @ AllNutritious says:

      Definitely 1.5 tsp. I’ve fixed that up, thank you for pointing out!

  3. Kim says:

    So ultimately you’re eating an entire can of chickpeas for one serving?

    1. Karo @ AllNutritious says:

      It is a very high calorie meal, you can always half it, no problem 🙂

  4. Wendi says:

    Is there anything you can sub the avocado out with? This sounds great but I hate avocado.

    1. Karo @ AllNutritious says:

      You can skip it all together or have hummus instead