Maybe I need to make that more of goal, now that I'm thinking about it. I mean, what am I doing with my eating hours anyway? :)
Anyway, falafel. It's amazing. Just SO flavorful. My favorite recipe is this version (where you fry the batter into small balls). This is a lighter version. Just as flavorful, but you bake instead of fry, and there's the addition of a little quinoa.
You serve these more like burger patties and top with Greek yogurt and veggies. It's an amazing dinner, believe me.
No. It is not as good as fried. Fried food is guilty pleasureville, and you really shouldn't try to compete with that when you make a super healthy dish. But, and I really mean it, this is so delicious that it really doesn't matter. You can eat this and your whole house isn't going to smell liked frying oil afterward. And that's a reward in itself, if you ask me.
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas
1 small red onion
5-6 garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal
lemon or lime, sliced
Cook the quinoa according to the directions. Fun fact: I totally burned my quinoa while I was making this. I just started talking to Elsie, and I didn't set a timer, and before I knew it I smelled that distinct scent: burned, neglected food on the stove. So, pro tip: set a timer if you're doing other things. Duh.
Drain the chickpeas (garbanzo beans) from the can. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, and cilantro. Process until well blended. Stir in the salt, baking powder, and cooked quinoa. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight).
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
In a large skillet or heatproof pan, heat a little oil over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for a few minutes so that side can get a little crisp to it. Flip the patties over, then immediately move the skillet (or pan) from the stove top to the oven. Continue to bake for 12-15 minutes.
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.