Monday, November 15, 2010

Crazy Easy Falafel - Meat Free Monday

I first tried falafel in Royal Oak, MI many years ago. I was immediately hooked. The flavors are rich and strong, so you never miss the meat. This is one dish that you will wonder how it can taste so good and be good for you too.

2 cans of garbanzo beans (chick peas)- mash beans lightly with a fork
1/2 small onion, diced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon curry
1 tablespoon coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 fresh lemon- squeeze for juice

serve with flat bread or stuff in pita's

Combine garbanzo beans, onion, parsley, garlic, salt, curry, coriander and cayenne in a oven safe dish. Mix until all ingredients are combined evenly. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, mix. Place in oven at 350 for 20 minutes.
Squeeze juice over mixture,serve warm with stuffed in pita pockets a side salad and hummus. Could also serve with flat bread.

Cook's note: Traditionally falafel is fried, but I baked the mixture in this recipe. Also, many recipes call for putting the beans in a food processor which I eliminated as well. You may place the entire mixture in a food processor and blend until grainy if you prefer.

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