Green *FRICKEN AMAZING* Falafel

*green falafal

GREEN FALFEL 

Unbelievably delicious……this greened Falafel can be served as an appetizer with hummus and lemon tahini sauce or as a main course. Stuff whole grain Pita Bread with falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, lemon tahini sauce, salt and pepper. As an alternative, falafel can be formed into patties and eaten like a veggie burger. SO FRICKEN YUM.

Makes over a dozen patties. Can be easily frozen.

3c fresh kale, de-stemmed, torn into small pieces

3c chickpeas, cooked, rinsed, drained (= about 2 cans)

1 onion, rough chopped

1/4c fresh parsley

3T tahini- I use raw

1T cumin

1T pink salt

4 cloves garlic, smashed

1c cooked brown rice

1/2c barley flour

2 lemons, juiced

Olive or grape seed oil for pan-frying.

Combine all ingredients except the barley flour in a food processor and process until a smooth paste is formed. Taste and adjust the seasonings; more salt, more cumin, more lemon juice etc. ßto your liking.

Heat up a large cast iron skillet or frying pan over low heat.

Transfer into a mixing bowl and add the flour and mix in until well incorporated.

Add the oil into the hot pan. With a cookie scoop, scoop out the chickpea mixture and place in the pan, not overcrowding. With a spatula, gently flatten the domes. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side or until they are golden brown crusted and then flip. Remove to a plate. Eat cold or hot! Serve with Lemon Tahini sauce.

Lemon Tahini sauce 

Juice of 1 lemon

½c tahini

pink salt to taste

black pepper

1/4c water

In a small bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk until smooth and to the desired consistency. If a thicker sauce is preferred, use less water. Serve over cooked greens, salads, or falafel.

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