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 or Near
East) 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.
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
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.
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.