This delicious Sesame Broccoli with Garbanzo Beans recipe is perfect as a side dish or as a small meal on its own! It has an excellent balance of all macronutrients- protein from beans, carbohydrates from broccoli, and healthy fat from sesame oil. You’ll also get an abundance of micronutrients from the broccoli, making this dish an excellent healthy choice!

Sesame Broccoli with Garbanzo Beans


  • 2 heads of broccoli about 1 bunch
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bunch green onions sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic slivered
  • 1 15-oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil


  • Cut broccoli into bite-sized florets. Cut the stems into small pieces and peel if they are tough. You should have a total of 6-8 cups.
  • In a large skillet, bring 1/2 cup water to boil. Add broccoli and sprinkle with salt.
  • Cover and cook about 4 minutes, until broccoli is slightly tender but not soft. The water will have evaporated.
  • Remove from pan to a serving dish. Add olive oil to the skillet and saute garlic and green onions over low heat for 1 minute.
  • Add garbanzo beans and continue to saute for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Return broccoli to skillet, and add lemon juice and turmeric.
  • Cook for 2 more minutes until broccoli is warmed. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Return to serving dish and drizzle sesame oil over before serving.

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