Double Recipe! Oven Baked Falafels and GF Tortilla ~ Vegan & Gluten Free

Is it September already!??! I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in almost a week! I’m sorry guys! I was gone away for a few days and I didn’t get a chance to do some posts ahead of time. I’ll make it up to you today with TWO recipes in one 🙂  And since I also missed Meatless Monday, it’s vegan too.

Every now and then during the work week we sometimes don’t get to the gym until later on, and if we have errands to do it’s usually too late for me to cook so we stop at Subway. The only thing I ever get there is salad, loaded with veggies! I sometimes add chicken breast but the last couple times I have been adding falafels.  Yes, Subway has falafels – who knew!? I’m not sure if it’s a short-lived promotional thing, but they are actually pretty good. I love chickpeas and falafels are one thing I have yet to make – until now!

I decided to cut down on the fat so instead of pan frying them in oil, I decided to bake them.  Let’s check out this super yummy recipe as well as a quick and easy gluten free tortilla.  I added the falafels to the tortillas with some lettuce, cucumber and tzatziki sauce (not vegan). Yum!photo 3(28)

Serves 6

1 19oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp fresh parsley
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp corriander
1 tsp cardomon
1/4 cup oat flour (or gluten free flour blend)
1 tsp baking powder
1-2 Tbsp olive oil for brushing

Preheat oven to 425F. In a food processor or blender, add the first 8 ingredients and pulse/blend until combined but still a bit chunky for texture.  Add in flour and baking powder and pulse to combine.  Start to roll the mixture into balls, add more flour if it’s too sticky.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Roll mixture into 18 balls and flatten into a patty on the baking sheet (I had to do mine in 2 batches).   Brush each side of the falafel patty with olive oil.  Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and flip patties, bake for another 10 minutes until golden and crisp.photo 2(37)

Easy Gluten Free Tortillas

Makes 4 Tortillas

1 cup gluten free all-purpose flour mix
3/4 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup warm water

Combine all the dry ingredients and mix well.  Add the water and mix with your hands until combined.  Split dough into 4 balls. Roll the dough out between 2 pieces of parchment paper. You may need to add some flour so it doesn’t stick to the paper.  Drizzle some olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat and pan fry the tortillas individually for about 2-3 minutes a side.  Keep and eye on them, they can burn quick and you want the tortillas to be flexible and soft, not crispy.photo 1(35)Spread some tzatziki on a tortilla, top with lettuce, cucumber and 3 falafels. Fold it up and enjoy!falafelFeel free to double these recipes. I realize the falafels serve 6 and the tortillas serve 4, it’s much like a grocery store scam designed to drive you nuts when they sell hot dogs in packages of 8 and buns in packages of 12. I’m sure you can figure out the best ratio for you 🙂  When in doubt, make a few extra and freeze for next time.  Just don’t flip out like Steve Martin…

Nutritional Info for 3 Falafels
122 Calories, 16g Carbs, 4g Fat, 5g Protein, 143mg Sodium, 1g Sugar

Nutritional Info for 1 Tortilla
120 Calories, 26g Carbs, 0g Fat, 2g Protein, 281mg Sodium, 1g Sugar

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