Friday, March 5, 2010

Falafel for Dinner

I'm always looking for vegetarian dinner options that the rest of my family will eat. We made these simple falafel today with homemade pita bread, hummus and spiced eggplant. Garnished with feta cheese, olives and fresh veggies it was an easy dinner and the best part is that both of my kids asked for seconds! (well, maybe not for the eggplant)

Baked Falafel - makes enough for 3-4 people:
(adapted from recipe on

1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
pinch cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place the garbanzo beans in a medium bowl and mash well. Add in all other ingredients and mix by hand or use a hand blender for smoother consistency. Form into balls a little smaller than a golf ball and then flatten into patties. Grease a baking dish with olive oil and cook the falafel at 400 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, turning once so that both sides are lightly brown.

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