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Love me some Falafels!

Hi All!  I’m multi-tasking as I write this post… watching the Biggest Loser at the same time. ;-) Love this show! So inspiring!

Anyway, onto the falafels… I love falafels and have never made them myself so when I saw this recipe on Angela’s blog I knew I had to try it.  I did make a few changes so let me start there.

Angela’s ingredient list with my changes noted:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry/uncooked chickpeas (or 2 & 1/4 cups cooked) - I did one 29 oz can of chick peas
  • 3 large garlic cloves - oh yeah – me likey the garlic!
  • 1/2 cup red onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice - i did 4 tbsp b/c my lemon juice came from a bottle darn it.  forgot to buy a lemon!
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup ground flax - I didn’t use this at all.  I am pretty sure this was Angela’s twist but I added my own little twist!
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, optional - yes please! I definitely added these
  • 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • instead of the flax I used 1 tbs ground chia seeds AND 1/8 c. flour AND 1/8 c. oat bran

I followed the directions without any changes except I think I made my patties larger than usual.  I kinda wanted them to fit into my mini pita pockets perfectly! LOL

processor

the chickpeas, onion, lemon juice, garlic, cilantro, and parsley in the processor

i sprayed the pan with Pam cooking spray...

i sprayed the pan with Pam cooking spray…

Flipped and lookin' good!

Flipped and lookin’ good!

I ended up stuffing some cucumber slices in the pita with the falafel.  I also added some Tahini sauce.  This brand is made in the town right next door to me!

I ended up stuffing some cucumber slices in the pita with the falafel. I also added some Tahini sauce. This brand is made in the town right next door to me! (Good Neighbor)

So, now you know what I’ll be eating the rest of the week!  Unfortunately no one else in the family will eat these… but huge props to my 9 year old daughter for trying it!  Although it never did make it to her belly.  Dang it.  Maybe it’s a consistency thing? I on the other hand thought they turned out pretty darn good!

Other ways I’ll try eating these?  in a salad… probably in a pita with some sliced red peppers… maybe with a melted slice of swiss cheese (yes, it then loses its vegan-ness but that’s ok with me!)… How do you enjoy your falafels?

I appreciate local businesses making delicious food!  I appreciate the protein (albeit in the lower end for beans) in chick peas!  Thanks Angela for sharing some terrific veggie recipes!

(Sorry about the photo quality!  I take all my photos with my phone because my phone is always on me! *Angela did not ask me to review her falafel recipe, but if it’s good, I share, and this was good!)

 

 

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3 Responses to Love me some Falafels!

  • Eeks! We are so BFF’s! I made falafel for dinner tonight! It was so delicious. Falafel is one of my favorite foods :) . I have a link to the recipe I used on my “what’s for dinner” post yesterday. :)

    • Katherine says:

      HA! I love that we are virtual BFFs! ;) I will definitely have to check out your recipe as well as I too love falafels! And I have to say, it’s blogs like yours, with people like you who actually plan out your healthy meals for the whole week that are inspiring me to get into the kitchen more! So a BIG THANKS to you for that!!!

  • I have that recipe pinned but have yet to make it. I think I will very soon now.

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