For the Love of Falafel



I would venture to say that you fine readers, probably like falafel. Am I correct? I mean really, who doesn’t enjoy those perfectly divine, crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside balls of goodness? Slap a little fresh tahini dressing on ’em or throw ’em in a pita and boy oh boy, do you have yourself one heck of a tasty meal! I too, adore falafel except for one teensy thing; they’re FRIED. As someone who prides herself on eating pretty impeccably, I try to steer clear of anything fried. I am not a saint by any means, and do have a french fry or two on a very rare occasion, but I typically do not choose to eat greasy, fried foods. So, what is one to do when they want to enjoy that delectable fried chickpea patty but want to avoid all that heavy grease? YOU BAKE THEM!!!!!

Okay, so let me preface that these *may not* come out as hard as regular falafel, but once you slather them in tahini, you will totally appreciate the taste and will not care so much. Try this recipe for a much healthier alternative to deep fried chickpea balls!

Baked Falafel

Ingredients

  1. 1 can organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  2. 1 small yellow onion, chopped

  3. 2 garlic cloves

  4. 1 tbsp. fresh parsley

  5. 2 tbsp. flour (I like to use Bob’s Red Mill’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour)

  6. 1 tsp. coriander

  7. 1 tsp. cumin

  8. 1/2 tsp. baking powder

  9. Sea salt and pepper to taste

  10. 2 tbsp. olive oil

Preparation

Drizzle olive oil to coat a shallow baking dish and place in your oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Process chickpeas in your food processor and then add in onions and garlic and blend more. Add in your parsley, flour, coriander, cumin, baking powder, salt and pepper and process until it becomes a thick paste.

Shape into golf-sized shaped balls and place in your preheated baking dish.

Bake 15-20 minutes, turning half way through.

Enjoy these with home made Tahini Dressing!

Tasty Tahini Dressing

Ingredients

  1. 1/3 cup well-stirred tahini (sesame seed paste)

  2. 1/3 cup filtered water

  3. 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  4. 2 garlic cloves, chopped

  5. 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preparation

Blend all ingredients in your blender or food processor and enjoy!

Now you have the power to enjoy a healthier version of falafel and p.s. that tahini dressing tastes good on pretty much everything, so don’t just limit it to falafel!

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