Monday, March 11, 2019

Meatless Monday Classic Vegan Falafel




So, an interesting thing happened over the weekend. I finally made falafel. I know that it's weird that I'm just now getting around to making one of the easiest dishes. If I'd known how incredibly easy falafel was to make, I would have made it long ago. I think that because I opted to oven-fry versus deep-fry, it made the whole experience that much better. 

Prior to my endeavor into the world of falafel making, I did my due diligence and researched the basics. One issue that I'd repeatedly read was regarding the falafel falling apart and I had zero problems. I believe that the problem lies within the chickpeas. I used canned that I drained and placed in the fridge overnight. Anyway, read on for this absolutely scrumptious and incredibly healthy meal that comes together in 30 minutes!




Falafel:
  • 1 (15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained and refrigerated overnight
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 TBS all-purpose flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp SUNVELLA Safflower Oil -- for oven frying
  • 1/2 tsp. water


Vegan Yogurt Sauce
  • 1/2 C. Daiya Greek Plain Yogurt Alternative
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp dill
  • salt and pepper to taste


Tahini Sauce


Directions:

Preheat oven 380°F (190°C)

In a deep dish oven pan, place 3 tbsp SUNVELLA Safflower Oil and place in oven.

Combine chickpeas, garlic, shallot, parsley, cumin, coriander, and flour and season with salt and pepper. Blend in a food processor until mixture resembles a paste (don't over processes).

Using a scoop, form into l balls that are about 2" in diameter. If you have to use your hands for rounding, dampen them a little and the mixture won't stick.

Carefully place falafel in pan and bake for 15 minutes, turning every 5 minuets to ensure even browning.

Remove from oven and transfer to a paper towel. Season to taste.

Sauces:

Vegan Yogurt Sauce -- In a medium bowl add ingredients and whisk together.

Tahini Sauce -- In a medium bowl whisk together ingredients keeping in mind that that water should be warm and you may need to add more water to get your desired consistency.

This recipe yielded 10 falafel. You can serve the falafel in pita with lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber or alone with sauce on the side! 

Good Eating To You!





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