Sunday, November 8, 2009

Falafel-Stuffed Pitas

I was so proud of the way my little falafel patties came out!

To make them, combine 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cumin, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper, 2 minced garlic cloves, the equivalent of 1 egg using egg replacer (such as Ener-G) and one drained (15-ounce) can of chickpeas, all in a food processor. Process until smooth. Divide the mixture into 16 small balls, and then shape the balls into 1/4-inch thick patties - the patties will be quite small, but this ensures that they fit into the pita!

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook for 5 minutes on each side. Set aside.

Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: whisk together 1/2 cup plain soy yogurt (such as Whole Soy), 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons tahini, and 1 minced garlic clove.

Cut 4 (6-inch) whole wheat pitas in half and spread 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of sauce in each half. Fill each pita half with 1 leaf of curly leaf lettuce, 2 (1/4-inch thick) tomato slices, and 2 falafel patties. Two stuffed pita halves make a filling entree of 410 calories.

dry breadcrumbs $2.99
cilantro $1.69
canned chickpeas $1.79
plain soy yogurt $1.39
lemon juice $2.99
tahini $6.49
whole wheat pitas $1.99
curly leaf lettuce $2.49
tomatoes $4.78

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance