Falafels (gf + vegan option)

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I was first introduced to falafels in elementary school on a family trip to Hawaii. To be honest, I didn't think they were that special. Maybe I was too young and my taste buds hadn't grown up yet? It doesn't really matter because now, falafels are one of my favorite meals! They are really filling, but still light and healthy. If you've never had a falafel before, they are basically just spiced chickpea balls. They can be baked or fried, but I decided to bake mine for ease and to keep them light. The falafel balls can be served in a pita with chopped cucumber, tomato, red onion, lettuce, tzatziki sauce and tahini sauce. I included both a recipe for the balls and for a tahini lemon sauce! These recipes are insanely easy to make. The ingredient list looks a little long, but most of that is just spices! The variety of spices give the falafels a really nice flavor, so definitely don't skip them!Ingredients:2-15 oz. cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed¼ cup almond flour1 egg (sub flax egg for vegan)¼ cup fresh parsley⅛ cup fresh cilantro2 tsp garlic powder¾ tsp cardamom1 tsp cumin¼ tsp coriander¼ tsp turmeric¼ tsp cayenne2 tbsp fresh lemon juice1 tbsp olive oil2 tbsp tahini1 tbsp nutritional yeast½ tsp baking soda1 tsp saltToppings: lemon tahini sauce (recipe below), tzatziki sauce, chopped lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and red onionSteps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰ Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until slightly smooth.
  3. Using your hands, roll the dough into balls about 1.5-2 inches round.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the balls and bake for another 15 minutes.
  5. Serve in a pita or on a salad with lemon tahini sauce, tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion.

 Lemon Tahini Sauce¾ cup tahini¼ cup lemon juice½ cup water¼ cup nutritional yeast1 tbsp olive oil2 garlic clovesCombine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.