Lentils, again.

Don’t worry–I have not forgotten about lentils.  Some of you gave me some VERY good ideas and I will post some of my favorites another day.

A few months ago when I still hated lentils I found a way to use them where I couldn’t even taste them!  Falafel!!!  I usually use two cans of chick peas (garbanzo beans) but this time I used only one can and the remains of my lentil soup from the day before.  Sure it had carrots and beans and a few other random veggies but nobody had any idea and hey, a great way to sneak in some more veggies!

Here’s the recipe:


*One can garbanzo beans (drained)

*Lentils (the equivelent of one can)

*One onion (finely chopped)

*Two cloves garlic (finely chopped)

*Two teaspoons cumin

*Two to four tablespoons whole wheat flour

*Four tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

*Salt to taste

*You can use One teaspoon of baking powder but I don’t and they turn out just fine.

Combine garbanzo beans and lentils in a blender until mostly smooth but just slightly chunky.  Add other ingredients and mix well.  I usually add the flour last and the amount varies depending on how watery it is.
I use a spoon to scoop a ball shape and plop it into a skillet with a little bit of hot coconut oil.  Mine are usually too wet to form into balls but you can add more flour so that is possible—I just try not to add too much flour for health reasons.

Once they are browned on one side, use a spatula to flip over and brown the other side.  Then set out on paper towells to soak up some of the oil.

(that skillet has since gone bye bye--not more teflon flakes in our food)

(that skillet has since gone bye bye--no more teflon flakes in our food)

You can also brush them with oil and bake them but that takes too long for me.  You can use whatever kind of oil you want.  I use coconut oil for all cooking because it is more stable at high temperatures (basically, doesn’t become a trans fat).

Tomato, onion, parsley salad on left, hummus on right.

Tomato, onion, parsley salad on left, hummus on right.

We usually eat falafel with hummus and cucumber yogurt salad (or cucumber sauce) on whole wheat tortillas or homemade pita bread.  This time I just chopped up some tomatoes, onions and parsely instead of cucumber salad.

Can't forget the Spiracha Hot Chili Sauce!

Can't forget the Spiracha Hot Chili Sauce!

The finished product--YUM!

The finished product--YUM!

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3 Responses to “Lentils, again.”

  1. Laura says:

    Wow! That sounds awesome – I’ll have to try it. Nice pictures too.

  2. Erin says:

    Oops I forgot about the cheese. We crumbled queso fresco on ours too. Mom—the funny thing is that these photos are from months ago before the camera died!! It’s funny that I finally got it posted the day I get my camera from you! We’re taking lots of pictures today!!

  3. That looks delish, and your falafel looks soooo much better than mine!

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