Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Baked Falafel: Cheap, Easy and Healthy!

Since right now I am blessed to be able to stay at home with Juliet, I have been looking for healthy but inexpensive ways to feed Jay and I. Pinterest (of course!) has been a great help in finding different recipes that I can try, or at least adapt to fit our needs.

One of our favorites so far has been Baked Falafels. With no meat, this meal cuts down on the costs at the grocery store, plus it is super easy to make!

What You Need:

2 Cans Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
3/4 of medium Onion, chopped
1/2 cup Parsley
1/2 cup Cilantro
2 cloves Garlic
Pepper, to taste
Olive Oil
Whole Wheat Pita Bread
Cucumber, sliced

1. Preheat the oven to 375.
2. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, onion, parsley, cilantro, and garlic. I had to do mine in a couple batches because my food processor is so small. If you also need to do this, just simply keep even proportions of the ingredients when you process it.  You may need to shake the processor to get everything blended because it is very thick, but don't add any additional liquid or it won't bake correctly.
3. Pepper the blended mixture and pulse the food processor again.
4. Cover your pan with a light coating of olive oil, even if it is nonstick. Pat mixture into patties, about the size of your palm. Try to make it even thickness throughout the patty as possible.
5. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. The falafels should be browned on both sides when finished. Cooking through the entire falafel isn't completely necessary, because the chickpeas have already been cooked before they were canned.
6. Add your falafels to a warmed pita, some mayo and cucumbers and enjoy!

 What are some of your favorite meals to cook for your family? Let me know below!

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