Tuesday, January 3, 2012
As part of the new year, I am looking to improve in a couple of things. One being less processed foods and healthier choices. The other is to work out at the gym that I have had a membership at since August. I have not used that gym membership once. How ridiculous is that?!
Traditional Falafel is fried and because of that, pretty unhealthy. In this recipe I baked the ingredients instead to get all the benefits of the chickpeas, onion, garlic and spices without the fat.
1-15oz. can of Chick Peas
1 small onion, or half a large onion
1 large Egg
1 Tbs. Lemon Juice
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Tbs. Vegetable Oil
1/4 Cup Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Cumin
2 tsp. Coriander
1/4 tsp. Chili Powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 Tbs. Parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and process until combined.
Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper. The easiest way to make the falafel is with a small scoop.
Scoop the falafel out and place on the pan. With a small scoop, this recipe will make between 15-18 falafel.
Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.
A quick side story. When Mike got home from work, he went to the kitchen and took a bite out of one of these thinking it was a cookie. I didn't see the reaction but I did notice one had 1 bite out of it and knew exactly what had happened.
Back to the recipe. To make your falafel sandwich, you will need a pita, lettuce, tomato, red onion and some kind of sauce. You can use greek yogurt (like I did) or you can use tahini or hummus as well.
Stuff a couple Falafel inside the pita. Spread the greek yogurt in there and add the lettuce, onion and tomato. Enjoy!