Light chickpea meatballs, a tasty and delicious second course with only 45 calories!

Light chickpea meatballs are a flavorful and nutritious alternative to traditional meatballs. Here’s a recipe to make them:


– 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
– 1/4 cup breadcrumbs (whole wheat or gluten-free)
– 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
– 1 egg
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
– 1 teaspoon dried oregano
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
– 1/4 teaspoon paprika
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– Olive oil, for cooking


1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it with olive oil.

2. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, egg, minced garlic, chopped parsley, dried oregano, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper.

3. Pulse the mixture until it forms a coarse paste, but still has some texture. You don’t want it completely smooth.

4. Using your hands, shape the mixture into small meatball-sized balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet.

5. Lightly brush the tops of the chickpea meatballs with olive oil.

6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the meatballs are golden brown and firm to the touch.

7. Remove the chickpea meatballs from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving.

8. Serve the chickpea meatballs as a tasty and nutritious second course, alongside your favorite sauce or dipping option.

These light chickpea meatballs are not only delicious but also packed with protein, fiber, and flavor. Plus, at only 45 calories per serving, they make a guilt-free addition to any meal. Enjoy!

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