I should probably apologize for the long break but I was on holidays… yes, again, I know… Truth is, I do have a lot of holidays and on this particular one I had a lot of fantastic food (home-made by my mum, so obviously it doesn’t really get any better than that) but I did not think of taking any pictures… Lazy Pepe! Now the good news is that it did give me a lot of ideas for vegetarian and pescetarian dishes and I cannot wait to try them out!
On a completely unrelated note, I love falafels but I often find them too dry and the ones you buy in stores are just full of preservatives that really have no buisness there. So for a good long while, I have been searching for the recipe. I never found it so I created my own, full of vegetables and baked instead of deep-fried, therefore healthier and quite diet.
Well… yes, there’s one missing in the left corner but hey, no one is perfect!! So I usually cook a big batch of them and freeze them in smaller bags, enough for me and hubby -who is as crazy about them as I am- for one meal.
As a meat eater, I used to be quite the Kebab-eater. Especially drunk at four in the morning in the Parisian Latin quarter. Well…. once again, no one is perfect right?! But really what I loved about those sandwiches was the white, creamy, garlic and mint sauce that comes with it. After a few attempts, I got both the sauce and the falafels right and it has now become one of my favorite dish (actually having it again for dinner tonight…) I use either kebab bread or simply warm wraps that I fill with veggies and lettuce but they are also great in a sandwich or a burger and really any type of sauce.
Home-made Healthy Falafels:
For about 50 pieces
-2 large zucchinis
-500g of chick peas
-1 tsp of sesame oil
-1 tbsp of chopped coriander (fresh or frozen)
-1 tbsp of chopped parsley (fresh or frozen)
-1 medium egg
-40g of plain flour
-2 tsp of ground cumin
-1 tsp of ground paprika
-a pinch of salt an pepper
Grate the carrots and zucchinis, crush the chick peas and combine all the ingredients. I do not own a mixer do I do it by hand but it is quite long so if you have a mixer I recommand you use it! Then take a bit of the mix in your hand and form small patties that you place on baking paper. Pre-heat the oven on medium heat and let cook slowly untill golden.
Yogourt, Mint and Garlic Sauce:
For 2 kebabs:
-150g low fat yogourt
-1 garlic clove
-mint leaves (fresh is better)
-juice of a 1/4 of a lemon
Crush the garlic and mix all the ingredients. Refrigerate for an hour before using. Bon Appétit!