Sunday, June 25, 2006

Falafel with tzatziki sauce
2.5 points total (1 point for the falafel patty, 1 point for the 1/2 pita, .5 point for the tzatziki)

I made falafel sandwiches for dinner last night. Boy were they good and filling!!

Tzatziki sauce
Make this as far in advance as possible. I gets better as it sits together!

Ingredients
  • 1 8oz container of ff plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dill
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt to taste
Directions
  • After mincing cucumber, press between two paper towels to get rid of excess water
  • Mix together all ingredients

Falafel

Ingredients
  • 1 15oz can garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/4 bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
Directions
  • I used coriander seeds (did you know that is the seed of the cilantro plant??) and ground them up using a mortar and pestle:
  • Coarsley chop onion
  • Place onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and baking soda in food processor and process until finely chopped.
  • Add garbanzo beans a little at a time, and process until finely chopped.
  • Transfer to a bowl and fold in bread crumbs until fully mixed in.
  • Divide mixture into 8 equal patties
  • Spray skillet with Pam and heat over medium heat
  • Place patties in skillet and spray tops with Pam
  • Cook until bottom is brown, then flip over and cook other side
To serve, place one patty, lettuce, onion, tomato* and tzatiki sauce in half a whole wheat pita. I had some baby carrots with more tzatiki sauce with mine.
Or you can go Atkins** style and make a lettuce wrap for only 1.5 points:
*I didn't have any fresh tomatoes last night but I wished I had.
**Note, I have never been on the Atkins diet... I just wanted to try a falafel with a piece of lettuce wrapped around it!!

1 Comments:

At 11:29 PM, Blogger camilleswwrecipes said...

I was JUST thinkg about making this! I've baked falafels and they were too dry, but this sounds like a good alternative. MMM, i was low fat tzatziki sauce BAD.

 

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