What’s a fast, fun, filling feast?? Look no further than FALAFEL!! YAY!! The family requested this for their Monday night dinner, and we were happy to oblige their wishes! Falafel has been on our to make list for a while now, so this gave us a reason to try out one of our cookbook’s recipes for it! Our philosophy on falafel is as follows:
Remixed from The Garden of Vegan:
- 2 cups cooked chickpeas (or canned, if you’re into that)
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
- 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons water
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 2 1/2 tablespoon whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
Method of Falafel:
- Blend everything but the flour and oil together in your favorite food processor or blending device.
- Once everything is blended up well, add flour to the party! Blend it up, little darlin’.
- Heat up that skillet that you love so much and add the canola oil to it.
- With wet hands, roll the falafel mixture into fun sized balls. Go big or go small, it’s up to you!
- Now fry those little suckers until every single side is nice and brown.
Good luck keeping a circular shape, ours turned into falafel cubes, but it’s cool, because they still taste good! And really, that’s all that matters, isn’t it? We served these little suckers with whole wheat pita bread, tahini sauce, and a lovely greek salad (complete with TOFETA!).
To make a tasty tahini sauce to drench your falafels in (or anything else, really) we have a recipe that we slightly changed from The Garden of Vegan:
- 3/4 cup tahini
- 5 tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 cloves crushed garlic
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 -1/2 cup water (depending on how thick you like your sauce… we like it thick!)
- Mix everything but the water together in your BEST blender.
- Is it mixed thoroughly? Good! Slowly add in your water while blending, until you reach desired consistency.
Use this tahini sauce on falafel, as a salad dressing, veggie dip, or really whatever else you dream up to use it with because it is tangy and TASTY!