Friday, March 5, 2010

The Faux-lafel Friday

Yep. This version of the falafel is stellar. No joke. My ("wannabe" chef) boyfriend, who tends to be extremely hard to impress in the food department, said this was one of the best things he's had. Score for me!

This dish is not only super healthy, but pretty much the only fat it contains is from the tahini and a dash of olive oil- healthy fats! I even used some of my vegetable juice pulp, recycling the leftovers. And it's easy. Don't let the list of supplies fool you. Super simple, healthy, vegetarian, gluten free meal.


Mix, mix, and mash a few wonderful ingredients.
Cooked chickpeas, black beans, adzuki beans, tahini, lemon juice, veggie pulp, shredded carrots, etc.
(full recipe below)
Ew. Not pretty but yummy.
Then spoon onto a greased cookie sheet, forming patties. Top with a small amount of extra virgin olive oil.
Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until slightly crispy, flipping half way through.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix yogurt, tahini, and lemon juice or apple cider vinegar together.
Then move onto making the tomato relish

In between checking your patties, flipping them, and making sauces, sip on some beer.
Hey, I work out HARD. I can have one...
*Yum. (see below)

When falafel patties are done baking, quickly heat a sprouted tortilla or pita bread, until warm.
Top, or fill, your base (tortilla or pita) with yogurt sauce, tomato relish, baked faux-lafel, lettuce, and a pickle.
Then force your significant other to help you clean up the mess you have just created in the kitchen.
Then nag them until they actually help.
Ok, now Boyfriend, you may go watch TV.
And don't forget you'd hand-wash the rest of last night's mess, today.
We're all witnesses now.
(I will report back)

*Yum. Speaking of guilty pleasures, I indulged a little last night. Coconut Porter beer from the Maui Brewing Co. Must try. It is on my imaginary Top 5 Beers list.

The Faux-lafel Friday (Thursday's dinner for me, hopefully Friday's for you)
  • 2 cups beans of choice
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup veggie pulp (completely optional)
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice and/or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp chickpea flour (or other gluten-free flour)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1-2 garlic gloves, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, corriander, paprika to taste
Mix all together, mashing beans. Mixture should be lumpy.
Form into patties on a greased cookie sheet and brush with olive oil. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes each side, 20 minutes total.

Yogurt Sauce
  • 7oz. container of yogurt of choice (exact amount does not matter)
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
Mix all together, adding a little water if mixture is too thick.

Tomato Relish
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped into small squares
  • 2 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 chile pepper, minced with seeds 
  • handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • dash of rice wine vinegar
  • dash of salt
Chop, slice, dice, mix.

Stuff your little Faux-lafel heart out! Enjoy with lettuce and sliced pickles for an authentically delicious meal.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! The weekend is almost upon us! Who's excited?!?!?!

6 running thoughts:

Pure2raw Twins said...

Faux-lafel looks amazing! Seeing this makes me so hungry, haha! Happy Friday to you girl!

Morgan said...

omgg just added this to my must make recipe index!! thanks!!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

your falafel patties look great! and i dont even usually "go" for that type of food...i go for choco, raw balls, and raw donut holes LOL

i hope you and the boyf have a wonderful, mellow weekend :)

Gabrielle said...

There is nothing "faux" about your falafels, your ingredients are pretty much what goes into a regular homemade falafel except that the falafel ball gets deep fried instead of baked :-)

Lori said...

Gabi- I know... I debated on putting that as the name but since they have pulp in them and they're wrapped in a tortilla, Sascha suggested the name. Oh well. But yes, you're definitely right. ;) Most people just don't know that.. lol

Lori said...

Averie- I'll take your raw desserts any time too!! You and the family have a great weekend, as well!

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