Thursday, November 17, 2011

Best freakin' healthy (baked) falafels ever!

OK, so last time I tried this recipe for some reason they were all crumbly and not too tasty...this time I think I got it right! I used a variety of recipes but mainly this one : I altered a few things so here is my final recipe.

Aly's Baked Falafels with soy yogurt tzatziki sauce

2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained
1 medium or 1/2 large onion chopped fine
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped parsley
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. coriander
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
sprinkle of pepper
1 tps. baking powder
1-3 TBS. flour (can use whole wheat breadcrumbsm whole wheat flour, etc. to make it even healthier) Basically you want to be able to form little patties without it sticking to your hands.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Drain and rinse chickpeas. Mash chickpeas with a potato masher or food processor. Add other ingredients and continue mashing/mixing until combined well. Chill in fridge for at least an hour.

Use a non-stick baking sheet or lightly oil a baking sheet. Form "dough" into patties about 2-3 inches in diameter and slightly flatten them. Bake at 400 for 12 minutes on each side or until slightly browned on each side (cooking times may vary). I throw the pita in while they are cooking to warm up.

Serve with tzatziki sauce, spinach, sliced onions and tomatoes (or whatever else you want) on warm pita bread.

Soy "Tzatziki" Sauce

1 1/2 cups plain soy yogurt
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
1 tsp. dried dill weed or 1/4 cup fresh chopped dill weed
salt and pepper to taste
1 TBS lemon juice

Directions: Mix all ingredients together and chill for at least an hour. Serve with warm pita and falafels or use as a dip or salad dressing!

So, that' s it! Super easy and delicious. The best part is that it is so good for you AND tastes amazing. We are not compromising on taste at all over here. :)

Here is what I am making for dinner tonight:

Thai green curry with light coconut milk, peas, cauliflower, potatoes and tofu over jasmine rice (out of brown rice). Served with a chopped salad of spinach, carrots, red peppers and red onion with thai dressing. Holy cow, this should be good. All "vegan" as well=bonus!

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