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January 23, 2012

Falafel Fun!

By: Brandon Nichols

 One of the most arduous processes that I know of is deciding what to make for dinner. This is coming from a guy that has no problem waking up at 4am. Trying to figure out what to make at the end of a long work day is difficult. After hours of work, sometimes the last thing I want to do is prepare a meal. I see why some families settle for take out or TV dinner (which I may or may not do tonight).

There are delicious meals that you can make when your time is limited. A good example is falafels. These chickpea patties are surprisingly delicious. I say surprisingly because when you mention beans to most people a grimace appears on their face. However, chickpeas have changed the way I view beans. Their flavor is robust and they are surprisingly filling! Make these when you are short on time (or money! Very few things are cheaper than a can of beans!)

Ingredients

  • 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded carrot
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  1. In a food processor combine beans, carrot, flour, parsley, 1 tablespoon olive oil, halved garlic, coriander, salt, cumin, and black pepper. Cover and process until finely chopped and mixture holds together (should have some visible pieces of chickpeas and carrots).
  2. Shape mixture into 3-inch patties. In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add patties. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until browned and heated through.


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