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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Eat: Lightened up Falafel's

Happy April Fools! I woke up this morning wondering how I could play a little April Fools trick on you all. Then realized what a silly notion it would be to trick you; and how much better it would be to trick the non-vegans into happily eating a vegan donair. 

Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans) the main ingredient in felafel's are high in fiber, protein, folic acid, iron, copper, zing, and magnesium. Chickpeas have super powers which fight toxins in the body. Chickpeas help the body naturally detoxify while lowering cholesterol. 

Homemade Felafel's


 1 15 oz can of chickpeas
1 red onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic 
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup cilantro
1 tsp dried cumin
1 tsp red chili flakes
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1 cup garbanzo bean (or other) flour
1 tsp lemon juice


In a food processor combine all the ingredients, except for the flour. Once the mixture has turned to a mush slowly add in the flour and combine again. The mix should be a little on the moist side; but with a good batter like consistency. If the mix is to wet; add in more flour.

In a large skillet heat some olive oil or coconut oil on medium high. 

form patties with the falafel mix, and drop them into the skillet to pan fry. Cook the patties on each side for about 5 minutes or until they get a nice crispy brown exterior and are cooked all the way through. Remove from the pan and let cool/drain on paper towel. 

Serve warm in a pita; topped with grilled veggies and creamy avocado dressing. Or in a Greek inspired salad. 


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