Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Creative in the Kitchen with Baked Falafels

So I'm starting to get this meal-planning-on-a-budget thing down.  I'm having so much fun being more creative in the kitchen.  This week I made a yummy taco salad with black beans, carrot soup and falafels.  This homemade falafel meal is so delicious, light and cooling for the summer.  I created it by being open to play (and possibly failure!) while experimenting with the ingredients I had.  It worked out great so I just had to share.

Baked Falafels with Fresh Hummus & Cooling Cucumber Sauce
For Falafels:
1 15 ou can chickpeas
1/2 large onion (finely chopped)
2 garlic cloves (minced)
2 t cumin
2 T unbleached flour
salt & pepper to taste
(serves 3 - double recipe for more servings)

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mash until you get a thick consistency.  I actually used my Vita-mix which gave me almost the consistency of hummus.  It was a little creamier but either way will work.

Use a spoon to make the balls and place on a plate.  Flatten slightly.  Lightly brush olive oil on both sides and place on a cookie sheet.  Broil each side until light golden brown (about 3 minutes on each side.)

Cooling Cucumber Sauce
1 small cucumber (peeled and finely chopped)
1 6 ou plain yogurt (I used coconut milk yogurt to make this non-dairy)
2 t mayonnaise
1 T fresh dill 
salt & pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients for sauce together and place in fridge until ready to serve.  I made a salad with fresh lettuce,  tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden and topped with the cucumber sauce.  Save some extra to dip the falafels in.

Serve with my Fresh Hummus and the rice of your choice.  
(I used jasmine rice and cooked according to package.)

This was yet another yummy meal using the beans I bought in bulk (and veggies from my garden) and they have provided several delicious meals.  More recipes to come!  (Did you see my black beans and rice recipe from a few weeks ago?)

Your Personal Reflection:  Let yourself be creative in the kitchen and see what you discover!


  1. I love you. I love falafels and you really hit a spot in my heart.
    I will have to make these soon.
    Thank you my dear.

  2. Funny that you should say be creative in the kitchen and see where it takes you...I have a habit of changing recipes where I see fit...and I am by no means a "cook" in the formal sense. I do it with baking too. I almost always have to mess with it somehow. The thing that gets the most use in my kitchen: red pepper flakes. Love them!
    Thanks for sharing your recipes!! I plan on using this one!

  3. Are you secretly a master chef?! The gems from your kitchen don't stop. I will be adding this to our low-cost, summer recipe rotation. My husband who grew up on a KS farm eating a lot o' steak, just loved the black bean recipe and I think he will love this too!

  4. great to hear from all of you! thanks for your fabulous comments.

    i happen to be a vegetarian living in kansas so happy to hear your husband liked the black bean recipe. he can still stay close to his kansan roots. :) ha..far from master chef...just learning and having fun. xoxo


Thanks for sharing!