Stat Tracker

Friday, March 2, 2012

homemade falafel + tahini dressing -- gluten free + dairy free


thats me shrieking with excitement. 

im taking a long, long overdue vacation. sure, i get home to boston every now and then, but i'm finally taking a trip elsewhere. mark and i booked a spur of the moment trip to san francisco two months ago and its finally upon us. we leave next tuesday and i cant tell you how excited i am. i cant wait to get back to the incredible city - ive not been back since i moved to boulder from berkeley almost 10 years ago. holy heck - time goes by so quickly. i fully intend on eating my way thru the city and have already scoped out plenty of gluten free + dairy free eateries. i'm going armed with my camera too - so i'll have plenty of pics to share with everyone when i return. mark and i already have a few dining reservations - yoshi's in san francisco (first made popular by yoshi's in oakland) where we plan to gorge on sushi. the second reservation nearly has me busting at the seams. i never had a chance to go while i lived in berkeley and i'm not letting this trip go by without us paying a visit to culinary mastermind, alice water's, renowned chez panisse. cant wait to share everything once i get back!

this weeks recipe is another yummy, savory one. and pretty versatile. i always have cans and cans of organic garbanzo beans (chickpeas) in my pantry. im admittedly a hummus addict and make it on a weekly basis. instead of falling back on my normal routine, this past week i decided to put together something different with my garbanzo bean stockpile. 

i hate buying pre made falafel and i hate those boxed mixes that stores sell. my aversion is because they tend to be super dense and extremely oily. so, i attempted making my own version of the vegetarian/vegan garbanzo bites and i was pretty happy with the outcome. i also put together a simple tahini dressing with tahini (roasted sesame seed paste), fresh lemon juice, water, salt + pepper. wicked. easy. 

i was able to remove a lot of the oily component to these by baking them, instead of frying them. they turned out very light in texture and not even slightly lacking in the taste department. i dished them up on a greek-style salad with organic mesclun mix, tomato, cucumber, red onion, avocado, mushrooms and topped it off with fresh parsley and a drizzle of my homemade tahini dressing.

i never let any leftovers go to waste - so over the past few days i've packed up 3-4 falafels along with some avocado slices, a bit of tahini dressing and some mild salsa into work for a snack. they make the perfect mid afternoon pick-me-up. chock full of fiber and protein these falafels have the right goods to get you thru til the clock strikes 5 (or whenever your quitting time is).

btw - you really do eat with your eyes first. use fresh veggies to create a plateful of artwork and i guarantee that you'll find yourself eating healthier, more well balanced meals.

homemade falafel 
  • 1 can cooked garbanzo beans - rinsed and strained
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion - chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
preheat oven to 425. combine garbanzo's, parsley, cilantro, onion, garlic, salt and 1 tbsp of olive oil in a food processor and pulse until combined. scrape down sides of processor using a spatula and pulse a few more times to be sure everything is well integrated. place 1 tbsp heaps (rolled to form a ball in your hand) on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. then using a pastry brush - gently coat each with a tad of olive oil to help them brown. bake in oven 20 minutes, then turn them over and continue to bake another 20 minutes.

tahini dressing
  • 1/4 cup tahini - raw or toasted - i prefer raw, toasted can taste bitter
  • 1.5 tbsp lemon juice
  • ~1-2 tbsp water - as needed, to thin dressing
in a small bowl combine tahini with lemon juice. whisk in water until desired dressing-like consistency is achived. you'll want this runny and easy to drizzle, like any other salad dressing. 

some blogs that you should definitely check out...


  1. Reminds me of my trip to Israel, thanks for posting.

    1. I feel this is among the such a lot vital info for me. And i am satisfied studying your article. However wanna commentary on few general things, The website style is ideal, the articles is truly nice
      Tangki Panel
      Tangki Fiberglass
      Jual Septic Tank

  2. I adore falafels and have never made my own. These look so tasty and the tahini dressing sounds delicious. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! Remember in order to be featured, please provide a link back to our blog party. Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

  3. Hi There,

    I featured your awesome recipe this week on Allergy-Free Wednesdays. Your recipe and other highlights can be seen here:

    Please join us again this week for more allergy-free fun and inspiration.

    Be Well,

  4. I also featured this recipe as one of my favorites. You can see it here


    1. Hi Nancy,

      Thank you so much for featuring my recipe!


  5. I've been wanting to try making falafel. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. hollister,
    herve leger,
    louis vuitton outlet online,
    michael kors uk outlet,
    ysl outlet,
    nike foamposite,
    swarovski crystal,
    mont blanc pens,
    hermes outlet,
    the north face jackets,
    swarovski outlet,
    ray ban sunglasses,
    cheap jordans,
    juicy couture outlet,
    ugg boots,
    soccer jerseys,
    ravens jerseys,
    north face jackets,
    true religion canada,
    wedding dresses,
    replica watches,
    washington redskins jerseys,
    louis vuitton handbags outlet,
    dallas cowboys jersey,
    supra footwear,

  7. This blog is so nice to me. I will continue to come here again and again. Visit my link as well. Good luck
    cara menggugurkan kandungan
    cara menggugurkan kandungan

  8. If you are looking for an insect control company in Dammam, you will not find any better than our company
    شركة المثالية لمكافحة الحشرات

  9. تعد من اكثر القوارض خطورة على الانسان لانها ناقلة لامراض خطيرة كالسل والطاعون ولابد من مكافحتها على يد متخصص فهى تجيد الاختباء وتتكاثر بسرعة عاليةوتنتشر في شبكات الصرف الصحى ويتم مكافحتها بعدة طرق بافضل مبيدات وطرق مكافحة الفئران فالاول تعرف بانها افضل شركة مكافحة الفئران بالرياض وافضل شركة مكافحة الفئران بمكة وافضل

    شركة مكافحة الفئران بالخبر وافضل شركة مكافحة الفئران بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة مكافحة الفئران بالجبيل

  10. Michael Kors Handbags Sale Clearance can be found in many different places unlike other luxury handbags.
    Michael Kors Outlet Online are great for any occasion.
    Michael Kors Factory Outlet is perfect for those who like to carry fashion bags.
    Michael Kors Bags Outlet are always great to own when you need a bag to go with everything.
    Michael Kors Outlet Online is so universal that it could appeal to everyone.

  11. Siempre habrá una razón por la cual podrán comprar Bolsas Michael Kors Precios de los minoristas en línea. Los compradores de hoy que estén interesados en comprar Michael Kors Rebajas podrán descubrir cómo pueden obtener los mejores resultados que siempre quisieron simplemente haciendo ruido con lo mejor de Bolsos Michael Kors Outlet que ofrecen más allá de precios asequibles.

    Dessutom med så många alternativ att välja mellan, har det blivit praktiskt taget omöjligt för köpare att ta reda på hur de kan köpa Designer Michael Kors Väska Rea online utan att behöva investera för mycket pengar eller tid i scouting den lokala marknaden som annars skulle tyckas omöjligt att göra först . En riktig äkta Michael Kors Rea skulle kunna ge dig tillbaka tusentals dollar och det är något som de flesta inte har råd med. Du kan faktiskt köpa Michael Kors Plånbok online.

    Maintenant, la question se pose de savoir si vous pouvez réellement trouver en ligne authentique Longchamp Soldes bon marché qui sont vraiment authentiques et la réponse est oui, vous pouvez! Un des sites les mieux notés et les plus populaires pour localiser le Sac A Main Longchamp en ligne parfait pour votre collection personnelle est eBay. Rappelez-vous, juste parce que vous êtes en mesure de magasiner en ligne Sac À Main Longchamp sur eBay à des prix incroyablement bas ne signifie pas qu'ils sont faux ou de qualité bon marché.

  12. But suppose one day such a movement becomes mainstream enough to actually win political power, even the highest position in the country. And suppose the man who won that position did so by making all kinds of Santa Claus esque promises that he can't keep because they are either outside his power as president or he's too bogged down in a legal investigation that keeps dogging all his political associates.

    CBS Announces World Best In 2019CBS has announced an "A" list lineup of Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles, James Corden and Faith Lace Front Wigs Cosplay Hill for World Best, a brand new international talent competition series from celebrated television producers Mike Darnell and Mark Burnett. ET/PT. Sunday night premiere was directed byEmmynomineeJenny Carchmanand produced byOscarnominees Liz Garbus and Justin Wilkes.

    Melanie Lockert founded the blog Dear Debt in 2013 to chronicle her journey of paying off $81,000 in debt and hold herself accountable. With a mix of humor and sometimes heartbreaking honesty about what it's like to live with burdensome debt, she tapped into a community of people who were longing for someone to acknowledge the emotional side of debt and speak openly about its impact on mental health.

    Whalen will turn 36 next month, so it's unlikely Cheap Cosplay Wigs she'll Black Cosplay Wig hold a dual role as long as Staley did. Even if it's just for a year, it would certainly present some logistical and recruiting challenges. This sort of arrangement is the exception not the rule. But the structure of this particular WNBA season would at least make it a little more manageable. Why.

  13. Thanks for sharing your inspiring blog the information was very useful to my project …. | | | | |

  14. This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty pleased with your good work.You really really helpful information.For more info go to:- | | |

  15. A beautiful purse or handbag from Coach Outlet Online can last for many years, and represent a great overall value.
    There are Michael Kors Bags Outlet in a large number of shopping malls located throughout the country.
    Cheap Michael Kors Bags is a great way to determine which models best suit your needs.
    Official Coach Factory Outlet Online all strive to provide comfort and convenience for their owners and the seams are double-stitched for maximum durability.
    Michael Kors Factory Store, has one of the most popular handbag and accessory lines on the market today.
    Coach Handbags Wholesale says a lady is classy, elegant and sophisticated.
    Coach Store Near Me trends come and go, but a Coach stands the test of time.
    The official Michael Kors Handbags On Sale Outlet regularly posts various handbags being offered for sale.
    Compare your Coach Bags On Sale Outlet to the logo provided on the website to make sure it is similar.
    All Michael Kors Outlet Online Store have serial numbers.

  16. Cars transporting furniture from Riyadh to Medina
    Specifications of the best transport company from Riyadh to Medina
    The most important packaging tools used in the packaging of home furnitureشركة نقل عفش
    شركة نقل اثاث من الرياض الى جدة

    شركة نقل عفش من الرياض الى جدة
    شركة نقل عفش بجازان


  17. Excellent Blog! I would like to thank for the efforts you have made in writing this post. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well.
    I wanted to thank you for this websites! Thanks for sharing. Great websites!


Leave me a message!!!