How-to Make Falafel

Here is a fun picture tutorial on making falafel.  I am always looking for quick and easy bean recipes to add variety to our twice-weekly meatless routine, and this one is perfect!

So for vegetarian night, whip out the legumes, and get some health on your table!  

Here are the simple instructions:  

how-to make Falafel

Ingredients

•    1-15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
•    1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
•    1/4 cup finely crushed baked tortilla chips
•    2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
•    1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
•    1 large egg white
•    2 tsp olive or canola oil

Avocado Spread

•    1/2 mashed peeled avocado
•    3 tablespoons finely chopped tomato
•    1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
•    1/8 teaspoon salt

Remaining ingredients

•    4 pita pockets
•    4 thin red onion slices, separated into rings
•    Alfalfa or spicy sprouts

Instructions

1. To prepare patties, place pinto beans in a medium bowl; partially mash with a fork. 

2. Add cheese and next 5 ingredients; stir until well combined. 

3. Shape bean mixture into 4 oval-shaped patties that are about 1/2 inch thick. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add oil.

4. When oil is ready, add patties to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until patties are browned and thoroughly heated.

5. To prepare spread, combine avocado and next 5 ingredients (through salt), stirring well. Place 1 patty in each pita half. Spread about 2 tablespoons avocado spread over patty in each pita half; top with onions and greens.

What do you think?  Will you make this healthy recipe in your kitchen? 

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