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Gluten free Falafel with Chipotle Tahini Yogurt

25 Feb

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Craving a quick and light meal? Look no further! You can whip these bad boys up and still have time to do homework watch the Oscars for four hours, uninterrupted!

The key ingredient for me here was the chipotle. Nothing beats that smokiness. It goes surprisingly excellent with the combination of tangy yogurt and nutty tahini.

And of course, this recipe is gluten and sugar free (just like me!). I’ve been on this crazy diet for 13 days now, (which also eliminates all dairy except for yogurt) and honestly, I feel great. More energetic and more alert! I’ve also finally lost those 3.5 Italy pounds (worth it) which is a nice bonus!

For those of you not on a cleanse, fear not. These falafel would be lovely wrapped in a warm pita with onion, tomato and parsley.

Gluten Free Falafel with Chipotle Tahini Yogurt
Makes 16

2 small cans of chickpeas (or one can chickpeas, one can another bean if you’re short- I actually used chickpeas and adzuki beans for this dish), drained and rinsed.
2 cloves of garlic, smashed
1/2 of a medium onion, chopped
1 egg
1 cup of cornmeal
1/2 cup flaxseeds
1/4 cup olive oil
1.5 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cayenne (or to taste, remember, I like things spicy!)
1/2 cup fresh mint
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/2 juicy lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Coconut oil, for frying
Fresh cilantro, for garnish

1. Add beans to food processor and give it a few pulses. Remove half of the chopped beans into a large bowl, and leave the rest.

2. Process the remaining beans with garlic, onion, lemon juice, olive oil, spices, herbs, salt, cornmeal and flaxseeds. Taste for salt. Add egg and blend until incorporated into a thick, chunky paste. Add mixture to bowl with chopped beans.

3.in a large skillet heat oil at medium high (about two tablespoons). Gently ball dough and drop into hot oil. Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side. Transfer to plate lines with paper towel to drain. Serve immediately.

Sauce
1 cup yogurt
2 heaping tablespoons tahini
Juice of 1/4 fresh lemon
Sea salt to taste
1 teaspoon ground chipotle

1. Mix and drizzle on top or serve on the side.

I served this on a makeshift tabbouleh salad- finely chopped parsley with cherry tomatoes, chopped red pepper and cilantro, topped with olive oil,more sea salt and more lemon juice. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and ground black pepper.

Then sit back, relax, and talk smack about celebrities.

M

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Falafel with Tahini Dip- an almost perfect meal, soon to be perfected

4 Jan

These little wonders turned out awesome, filling and soft and satisfying. I fried them at first (as per the recipe), hoping they would crisp up on the outside. Maybe the pan or the oil wasn’t hot enough, because the frying didn’t really do the trick, the falafel just soaked up the oil like a sponge. So, I then baked them, hoping for some added crispy-ness, which worked to some extent. Regardless, these falafel were delicious, but next time I’ll just straight up bake them and save on some unnecessary calories!

The tahini dip was lemony and a little bit spicy, mixing tahini with lemon, salt and cayenne, Β and the salad was simple with a lemon and garlic dressing.

Recipe is loosely based on this one (although personally, I season based on instinct and not precision, to varying degrees of success):

  • 2 cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (added more than this, as I love cilantro and also the colour green in my food)
  • 2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (if frying)

Basically, just blend all this together and ball them as if you were making meatballs. So simple! This yielded about 16…and were devoured in less than 12 hours.

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