Last night I made something that REALLY made me feel like I was NOT eating healthy.  But, I was!!!

This is Quinoa falafels which could easily have been made a bit bigger to turn them into 'burgers' and put on buns.

The recipe calls for an Avocado-Tahini dressing that was supposed to go with the falafels, but I didn't like it so there is your warning.  It tasted weird to me.

The falafels are amazing on their own! Or you could drizzle olive oil on them or lime juice. YUM.  You're going to love them if you're wanting something hot and fried!

Recipe below or here's the link -->

  • 540 mL can chickpeas, rinsed & drained
  • vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (fresh coriander)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 vegan "eggs" (such as Ener-G Egg Replacer)
Avocado Tahini Dressing
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ c tahini
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice (about ½ lime)
  • 2 tbsp cilantro (fresh coriander)
  • ½ cup water
  1. Blend all dressing ingredients in a food processor or blender. Set aside.
  2. Pulse the chickpeas in a food processor until no more whole chickpeas remain.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a frying pan on medium heat and fry the onions and garlic until soft.
  4. Combine chickpeas, onion mixture, quinoa, cilantro, cumin, salt, pepper, and vegan "egg" mixture.
  5. Form the mixture into 12 balls, and flatten them slightly.
  6. Heat a couple tablespoons vegetable oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the falafel patties and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.
  7. Serve with dressing, either straight-up, or in pita bread with lettuce, tomato, etc.



(Photo Credit: Laura Diaz)