I’ve been wanting to try making falafel for some time now and I saw a very easy recipe on a blog called Healthy Tipping Point for Sweet Potato falafel. YUM! I’ve never had ‘real’ falafel, so I have no baseline to go on here, but I love chickpeas and sweet potatoes so BRING IT ON!!
Easy recipe with some minor changes (I don’t have any tahini and I added sesame seeds to the coating):
Sweet Potato Falafel – Makes 8 mini or 4 medium
1/2 medium Sweet potato, cooked – I microwaved it
1/2 c Chickpeas, Goya Low Sodium
1 tbsp (heaping) Hummus or Tahini
1/2 tsp Parsley, dried
1/2 tsp Cumin
Garlic, 1 clove – I recommend a garlic press here!
With a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop and roll into a little ball. I made these kid size to appeal more to the little ones. Roll the ball into a mixture of:
1tsp Seeds, sesame seeds, whole, roasted and toasted
1/3 c Kikkoman Panko
*Bake 15 min at 400 degrees. Top with Tzatziki if desired (although, they really don’t need it!).
Stats: 2 mini or 1 medium
Calories: 127.8 / Total Fat: 1.7 g /Total Carbs: 24.8 g / Dietary Fiber: 5.8 g / Protein: 5.1 g
Delish appetizer for sure – on to dinner!!!!
Chicken with Sundried Tomato Basil Pesto and Feta – I need to come up with shorter names!
4 – 4oz chicken breasts flattened (or you could buy the scallopini)
4 pieces sun-dried tomatoes (rinse if in oil)
1 handful fresh spinach – torn
3-4 basil leaves
1 garlic clove
2 oz Feta Cheese ( I used Atheno’s Reduced Fat)
Flatten chicken with a mallet to 1/2-1/4 inch thick. In a blender combine spinach, basil, garlic, and tomatoes, salt and pepper. Pulse 2-3 times (leaving the mix chunky). Place 1/4 mixture and 1/2 oz cheese on each flattened chicken breast and roll up securing with a toothpick. Brush roll with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano. Cook until all sides are evenly browned. TAKE OUT TOOTHPICK BEFORE SERVING! You might laugh at this disclaimer – but it’s all fun and games till someone loses an eye! 🙂
Calories: 185.6 / Total Fat: 4.4 g / Total Carbs: 4.5 g / Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g / Protein: 31.9 g
We’re also getting to the end of the granola so there is quite a bit of crumbs in the bag now…..for my YOGURT!
Off to bathe the little people who live in my house. Nite!
Edit: The falafel recipe came from the blog ‘A year in the Kitchen’ not ‘Heatlhy Tipping Point’. Sorry, just want to make sure I give credit where credit is due!