Love falafel? Want to have them at home any time you want? Here you go.
Falafel made at home legit taste better. They also happen to be gluten free and healthier. Unfortunately the majority, if not all, falafel found at restaurants and street vendors is fried and contain wheat flour. In fact, it's pretty common for falafel balls to be rolled in flour to make them extra crispy when they're fried and that's in addition to the flour in the mix.
There's no need to sign up for all the extra, empty calories or to buy a packet of falafel mix. Falafel are easy to make at home and as long as you have garbanzo beans in your pantry, something you can typically make anytime.
Homemade falafel are simple, easy, delicious and MAJOR nutritious. We're talking loads of protein, fiber, magnesium, iron, B vitamins and more! Paired with minty, cucumber yogurt sauce and crisp salad greens and you've got a perfect summer recipe that keeps your beach bod* in top shape.
*Beach bod is a slang term for beach body, which is the body you show up to the beach in and not what the media tells you it should be. You do you and love every minute of it.
Whether you're trying to reduce the amount of meat you consume, are a long time vegetarian or fall somewhere in the middle, cookouts can be a challenge. Store bought veggie burgers tend to be high in sodium, food additives and gluten, while being low on nutritional content. Often while delicious, they leave you with serious bloating, gas and swelling. All of which suck even more when there's little room to hide anything in summer clothing.
Fret not, you can do this. Veggie burgers are 1000 times easier to make than you think. So easy, you'll wonder why you bought the premade ones to begin with.
Here's what a veggie burger is: veggie protein (typically beans) + delicous veggies + spices + binding agent (think rice, quinoa or flour).
No seriously. There's no voodoo or special equipment. A veggie burger is made out of veggies. The food industry has done a magical job of making them seem complicated. Makes sense when your entire job is to sell products based on the lure of convenience.
Here's the latest black bean burger recipe I tried. Warning, it's dangerously delicious. Like the boastful carnivore in your life will steal your burger if you don't make them extra.
Oh... little tip. These freeze very well to use later.
Makes 4 patties.
1 15 oz. Can Black Beans, Low/No Sodium
1 Cup Cooked Quinoa - I used black to try it out. Any color(s) will do.
½ Cup Chopped Bell Pepper
½ Cup Corn Kernels
½ Cup Chopped Onion
½ Cup Shredded Carrots
1 TBS Minced Garlic
1 Tsp. Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Cumin
½ Tsp. Ground Coriander Seed
½ Tsp. Paprika
¼ Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
Combine all ingredients in a blender until fully incorporated.
Spread a healthy oil over a plate to prevent 'patties' from sticking. I used gluten-free flour per a couple recommendations and it didn't work as well.
Make a handful size ball out of the dough and press down on plate to make a patty shape.
Set in fridge or freezer to set up, depending on the time you have. The key is to place cold patties on either a hot grill or in hot pan with hot oil. The cold to hot is a must.
Allow to set up for at least 30 minutes.
Grill, sautee or bake on each side for 5 to 7 minutes.
Let the quinoa air out after cooking it to dry out a bit. The drier it is, the better the burgers will stay together.
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I recently discovered that chronically low calcium intake had been negatively impacting my yoga practice and overall pain levels for months. One thing lead to the next and I started figuring out ways to regularly incorporate calcium rich foods into my meals and snacks without consuming a ton of dairy. Dairy and I’s relationship is the textbook definition of toxic: I love dairy. Dairy doesn’t love me back.
For good measure, and because I have a 26 year history of skeletal woes, I started taking a plant based calcium supplement and trying out a variety of calcium rich recipes. I also compromised by getting some fortified coconut milk to splash in my coffee every morning in addition to the canned version I love with two whole ingredients in it: organic coconut and filtered water. Who doesn’t love a brief ingredient panel? I know I found an even deeper appreciation for that simplicity after reading 8 different brands of coconut milk only to discover there was one 1 that didn’t have added sugar or nasty carrageenan.
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Perusing through my Facebook feed I came across a video that instantly caught my eye. Eating Well Magazine made out of those attention grabbing recipe videos featuring an inspiring, insta-mouth-watering recipe for Tex-Mex Black Bean and Quinoa Bowl. Tell you what for, within an hour I was in the kitchen making my own.
This is a huge deal to me because cooking is my jam. It's when and where I find my joy and it had been a quick minute since I had felt inspired to get into the kitchen.
I knew that I had most of the ingredients on hand, but not. I ain’t scared of no recipe substitution! In fact, when all was said and done, I made 12 recipe adjustments either due to not having the exact ingredient or wanting to kick it up a notch. Some recipes are to be followed to the letter, however most are there for inspiration.
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