Yummy! I love Mediterranean food, and for me, I’d rather have a falafel than almost any meat I can think of! I know a few of the spices here are a bit strange, but trust me, if you can find Za’atar and Aleppo Pepper, this flavor is amazing! The fresh parsley is also a must. These were delicious and healthier than the usual fried fare when it comes to falafel! A homemade creamy tzatziki sauce keeps things from getting dry. I will be making this again soon!
2 cups mashed chick peas
-large handful of parsley, chopped well
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-2 prunes or dates, minced
-2sp olive oil
-1 lemon rind zested/ minced
-1/2 tsp black pepper
-1 tsp za’atar blend (try natural foods store)
-1/2 tsp aleppo dried chili pepper (subs crushed red pepper if hard to find)
Mix well in a bowl using your hands form into balls. Yields about 12. Place on parchment paper and bake at 400 for 13min.
Remove and cool.
To make tzatziki sauce combine:
-1/2 large cucumber grated
-1/2 cup plain non fat greek yogurt
-juice of 1/2 large lemon
-2 small cloves garlic minced
Serve with pita, greens or pea shoots as pictured, Hummus, and warm pita or flatbread.