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Baked Falafel With Tzatziki Sauce

falafel tzatziki sauce

Prep time: 25 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 55 mins
Serves: 2-4 (makes 8 patties)

1 can cooked chickpeas (15 ounces; about 1½ cups), drained and rinsed
1½ cups chopped kale (or other greens)
1 cup chopped parsley or cilantro
½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup chopped yellow or white onion
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 medium cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
Preheat oven to 375°F. Place all of ingredients into a food processor, and process until the mixture is well blended and starts to stick together. Transfer this “dough” to a medium bowl.
Divide and form the dough into 8 balls (about ¼ cup each), and space them out evenly on a baking sheet lined with silicone baking mat. Moisten your hands with water to help keep dough from sticking to your hands.

Flatten each ball with your hand into a patty that is about 2½ inches in diameter and ½ inch thick.
Bake for 20 minutes and then flip the patties over. Bake another 15 minutes, or until the patties are lightly browned on each side. Let cool briefly before serving.


Prep time: 20 mins Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 4 (makes 1 cup)

2 ounces raw, unsalted cashews (about ½ cup)
⅓ cup water
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 medium clove garlic, sliced
1 cup finely chopped cucumber (I prefer the longer English cucumbers)
2 tablespoons fresh dill (or ½ teaspoon dried)
Place the cashews, water, lemon juice, and garlic into a blender, and let soak for at least 15 minutes (so the cashews can soften).
Blend until smooth.
Add the cucumber and dill to the blender, and blend briefly (you want the final sauce to be a little chunky). Add a little water as needed. Chill for the best flavor. Store covered in the refrigerator, and shake or stir before using.

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