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Compliments of Diana Dyer, MS, RD

Falafel Patties

I was shopping at a local grocery store when I noticed falafel patties for 89¢ each at their deli counter. !!! That seemed outrageously expensive when I knew that I had a mix in my pantry for falafel patties made from healthy ingredients (brand Fantastic) that cost $1.89.

  • So I hustled right home, made up the mix (just add water), put some canned garbanzo beans found in my refrig into the food processor with a smidgeon of ground cumin and olive oil, then added them to the mix for a bit more texture.
  • I made this mix with the added garbanzo beans into about 25 patties about the same size as I saw in the deli.
  • I baked them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. To make clean up easy, I lined my baking sheet with parchment paper and just tossed that when done.

I served them in warmed pita bread halves with the traditional diced cucumber, tomato and lettuce, topped with tahini (sesame seed butter) thinned with equal parts water and lemon juice until spoonable, but still a little thick.

For color and additional flavor, I added some chopped chives fresh from my garden.

I served them with fresh corn on the cob and steamed fresh green
beans mixed 50-50 with garlic scapes (the flower stalks from garlic
bulbs, found in our garden and also available during the summer at a good produce market
) plus a salad of more fresh tomatoes slices, small fresh mozzarella balls and fresh basil.

Easy to do on a hot summer evening or any other time of the year.
This was a delicious feast.