Thursday, June 3, 2010

Lazy Falafel

One of the tenets of ten-ingredient eating is that real food takes time to prepare-- but not much. These hearty, spiced falafel rounds come together fast in a mixing bowl without the need for tools beyond your hands and a fork. I modified the recipe from one found here.

I'm no expert in middle eastern cuisine, but the flavors in this falafel remind me, humbly, of the delicious middle eastern food I've had in restaurants made by chefs who presumably know what they're doing.

My ten-ingredient meal also included tahini (sesame seeds, extra virgin olive oil), romaine and sliced tomato. So tasty. Also killer with a pickle spear.

7-Ingredient Lazy Falafel
Prep Time: 20 min. Cook Time: 10 min. Serves 2.

1 16 oz. can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/2 sweet or yellow onion, chopped small
2 cloves grated garlic
3 Tbls. chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbls. whole wheat flour

Free Spice Blend:
1 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. turmeric
black pepper and salt to taste

Preheat oven to 375.

Rinse and drain chickpeas and transfer into a medium mixing bowl. Think of something frustrating, grab a fork and mash mash mash.

Measure all remaining ingredients and spices into the bowl and stir to combine.

Form into slightly flattened ping pong ball-sized patties. Bake ten minutes, turning halfway through.


  1. This looks amazing. Bookmarked for when we get back to Portland.

  2. I made this last night and it is DELICIOUS. And filling :) Going to try the green smoothie every morning for a month. What a fabulous website!

  3. Glad you liked the falafel! I had the leftovers cold and they were not bad at all.

    Good luck with green smoothies, get ready for tons of energy :)