Home made falafel plate

A super yummy vegetarian meal that’s not as hard as it looks but oh so worth the time!

Falafels

1/4 cup red onion chopped

2 garlic gloves

1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped

1 can (540ml) chick peas, drained

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp baking soda 

1/4 tsp cayenne 

1 tbsp oil 

Place chopped onion, garlic & parsley into a food processor and chop finely. Drain and rinse chick peas; add to food processor along with bread crumbs and spices. Pulse until coarse but do not over pulse (not making hummus). Form into small patties and pan fry in oil until crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side on medium heat. 

 

Tzatziki 

1/4 cup plain yogurt (I used Greek)

2 tbsp fresh mint (or 1/2 tsp dry)

1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped 

2 tbsp cucumber diced finely 

1 tsp cumin

salt & pepper to taste 

Combine all ingredients and use to top falafels. 

I also made my version of fattoush salad combining chopped romaine lettuce, diced tomato, diced cucumber, diced green pepper and crumbled pita chips (bake pita brushed with olive oil & sprinkled with oregano and paprika in a 375 degree oven for about 6 minutes – watch they don’t burn)…top with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar..

The other element was tabbouleh (I used a boxed cous cous version) which turned out well, I just added a drizzle of olive oil and some fresh parsley. 

Finally I made coleslaw (bagged which is easier) that I dressed with my home made tzatziki then topped it with a sliced pickle…

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