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Love falafel, but hate to deep fry? Then this one’s for you!
It’s got all the yummy and protein-y goodness of a falafel, minus the deep frying. It’s super easy to whip up if you’ve got a food processor. It is delicious. (this photo doesn’t do it justice; I’ve made this a number of times, and we end up eating it before I remember to take a photo. So finally I got this shot, not the best, but not nothing.)
I served it with a tomato and cucumber salad on the side, and my guest made it into a pita sandwich – both were delicious! In my opinion it must be served with this delicious tarator sauce, but maybe you have your own favourite.
This recipe came from the awesome cookbook called Taste of Beirut by Joumana Accad. I’ve taken it out of the library so many times and tried a whole bunch of recipes, and I think I finally need to buy this book!
The recipe says to serve at room temperature, but it was also good straight out of the oven. I didn’t change much with this recipe, just the order in which the ingredients are added to the food processor. The most recent batch I made I halved the recipe, using one egg. It was plenty for dinner for two plus leftovers – love leftovers!
What you need for the loaf:
2 cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 large eggs
1/ 2 cup bread crumbs
1 large white onion, chopped
1 cup flat leaf parsley
1 cup cilantro (I like to use the stems too)
1 tablespoon crushed garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 & 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon paprika or Aleppo pepper
1 teaspoon salt
What you need for the tarator sauce:
1/2 cup tahini
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1/4 to 1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 to 1/3 cup water
salt to taste
What you do for the loaf:
Heat the oven to 375F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
Add the chickpeas, eggs, bread crumbs, onions, parsley, cilantro and garlic to the bowl of the food processor and process until the mixture becomes doughy.
Add the baking powder, seasonings and olive oil and process again until all the ingredients are combined.
Spread the mixture into the lined loaf pan and even out the top surface a little.
Bake for about 35 minutes, then check to see if it is done; mine needed more time. You will know when it is done if a knife inserted in the centre comes out pretty much clean.
While the loaf is baking you can make the sauce.
What you do for the sauce:
Mix the garlic in with the tahini.
Add a little bit of lemon juice and mix well. Add lemon juice and water a little at at time until the sauce is creamy but not too runny.
Please trust me on this one – this is the perfect fall and winter salad. It is so flavourful because of the combination of roasted vegetables, and the roasted garlic dressing is to die for. I could eat this every day. It makes a great starter, but throw the optional nuts on and it can work as a main course.
There were two surprises for me in this recipe: I’ve never really enjoyed turnips before, and I never imagined roasting apples with other vegetables, but I enjoyed every bite.
I made 1/4 recipe of the dressing since this was the first time I was making it, just in case I didn’t like it. I will definitely make more next time, as I imagine it would be good on top of many other foods. If you come up with other ways to use this dressing, please leave a comment so I can try it too. It will keep in the fridge for about a week.
This recipe comes from Candle 79 restaurant in Manhattan, as printed in Brendan Brazier’s Whole Foods to Thrive. Thanks for sharing!
What you need for the dressing:
1/4 cup garlic cloves, peeled
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water (or more)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon white miso
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
tiny pinch of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
What you need for the salad:
1 fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 cups new potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup baby turnips, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 medium-sized beets, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 medium apples, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
toasted walnuts or pecans (optional)
What you do:
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Place the peeled garlic cloves in a baking dish and add olive oil until they are covered. Cover the dish with foil and roast for about 25 minutes. When they have cooled slightly, remove the garlic and put it in a blender (I used an immersion blender). Keep the olive oil to use at another time, like for a stir fry or tomato sauce.
Add all the other ingredients for the dressing to the blender, and blend until smooth. Add a little more water if necessary.
When the garlic is roasted turn the oven up to 400F.
Place all the cut vegetables and apples in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Spread the vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for about 35-40 minutes, until tender. Mine were slightly browned, which I really enjoyed.
Toss the vegetables in about 2 tablespoons of the roasted garlic dressing.
Arrange the arugula on plates and top with the roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with some nuts if you are using them, and add a little more dressing if you wish.
This scrumptious recipe comes from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty – love this book! I used the larger Israeli couscous, which is also called pearl couscous, but you can feel free to use the smaller version. I really liked the texture of the larger couscous, which has a bite more similar to a small pasta. The recipe involves cooking the couscous, then coating it with a lovely green herb paste, then topping it with pistachios, green onions, fried onions, arugula or spinach, and a little green chile.
I enjoyed this salad alongside roasted cauliflower and squash with tahini sauce. I absolutely love this meal, and my leftovers at work were the envy of many. This would also make a great picnic salad, instead of a pasta salad.
What you need:
1 cup Israeli couscous (or regular – just cook it according to the package directions)
just over 1 cup boiling water/ chicken broth/ vegetable broth
1 small onion, thinly sliced (I like to use a sweet onion)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup unsalted pistachios, lightly toasted and chopped
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 fresh green chile, finely sliced
1 & 1/4 cups arugula or baby spinach
What you need for the herb paste:
1/3 cup chopped parsley
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped tarragon
2 tablespoons chopped dill
2 tablespoons chopped mint
4 tablespoons olive oil
What you do:
Cook the couscous according to the package instructions. I used homemade chicken broth to give it a little more flavour, but you can use water or veggie broth if you have it.
Fry the onions in the olive oil over medium heat until they are golden and soft. Mix in the salt and cumin, then set aside to cool
Blend all the herb paste ingredients together. You can use a food processor, but I used an immersion blender because that’s what I have in my tiny kitchen, and it worked well. Add a bit more olive oil if you need; I left out 2 tablespoons of oil that the recipe called for.
Mix the herb paste into the cooked and slightly cooled couscous, then mix in the pistachios, green onions, green chile and arugula or spinach. I added the spinach to individual portions because I knew I would have leftovers, and I thought it would wilt over night if I mixed it in.