Easy Peasy Falafel

I never knew this magical food existed, until I was at my local grocery store, and saw it straight from a box…”Just Add Water” the box read.  I am definitely not a “just add water” type of gal, but the fact that the box said “suitable for vegetarians” was good enough for me to try it.  I like to make things from scratch as much as possible because quite frankly, anything that comes from a box scares me.  Really…a ton of ingredients made into a powder?!   How is that possible?  Well, whatever… I gave em a whirl…and wow!  In. Love.  I always thought cumin was the stinkiest spice ever, and refused to eat anything with it, and now I want to shout it from the rooftops…I LOVE YOU CUMIN!  I am so sorry I ever doubted you.  The flavor it brings to these cute little meatless patties is so necessary and so good.  They can be put into a salad or in a wrap, or just eat them plain. The garbanzos work beautifully with the flour to hold them together without making them too dense and filling. Making them is so easy, that you won’t ever go back to that nasty ol’ box! This recipe really is Easy Peasy.

Enjoy!

Easy Peasy Falafel
This simple and tasty dish packs a ton of protein, and fiber. It can be used on salads, wraps, or even use as a burger!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Chickpeas ( garbanzo beans in a jar washed and rinsed)
  2. 5 Garlic cloves ( minced)
  3. 1 Bunch cilantro
  4. 1/2 Large onion chopped
  5. 1/4 Cup flour
  6. 1 Tsp. lemon juice
  7. 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  8. 1 Tsp pepper
  9. 2 Tsp cumin
  10. 1 1/2 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Empty the chickpeas into a colander. Wash, rinse and dry off.
  2. Place all of the ingredients ( minus the flour and sesame seeds) into a food processor, and pulse until you have a semi smooth consistency...not too smooth, not too chunky.
  3. Empty the mixture into a bowl with the flour, and sesame seeds. Mix until you can form the mixture into patties or balls. Add more flour if they fall apart easily.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp. of olive oil into a skillet, on medium heat.
  5. Form chickpea mixture into small to medium sized patties
  6. When the oil is heated, place the patties into the skillet cooking on each side for about 4 minutes more or less, depending on how well you want them coked and how hot the heat is.
  7. Flip over and cook for the same amount of time.
  8. Remove from the pan, and place on a paper towel to remove any oil
  9. Place in your favorite salad or wrap
  10. Enjoy!
Adapted from Little Spice Jar
Adapted from Little Spice Jar
http://lettuceeatveggies.com/

Place all of the ingredients into the food processor. Leave out the flour and the sesame seeds. By the way…feel free to roast the seeds. It will bring a nice smoky flavor into the mixture. Pulse until the mix is well blended, but not too creamy, or else it will fall apart.
Once the mixture is well blended, place it into a bowl, and add all of the sesame seeds at once, and the flour a little at a time. If you see the mixture is too wet, add a little more flour. Heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat, and do not add the patties, until the oil is well heated.
Place the patties onto the pan, and cook for about 4-5 minutes. I found turning down the heat helped them cook better in the middle, without burning them. Flip them over carefully, and cook on the other side for the same amount of time.

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