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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Falafel





So due to an over abundance of sweet potatoes, I decided to poke
around th
e interwebs for some new recipe ideas....In my search I stumbled across a recipe for sweet potato falafel and I LOVE FALAFEL!!!
So Ifigured what the heck. Now naturally I was not satisfied with the found recipe and decide to change it up. For starters it was only sweet potato and spice..this in my mind seemed too mushy. I
like the grit of a falafel. So I decided to try

adding quinoa, and It worked...it added just enough grit, helped hold it together and made it even healthier!! Now because it is not monday yet I took some liberty, and therefore it is not totally vegan. The falafel itself is but of course I felt the need to top it with a yogurt lemon dressing...also I felt the need to serve it with a hot bowl of matzo ball soup!!!!! NOMMNOMMNOMMM MATZO BALL SOUP!
I think I liked the end result..a sweet falafel ball. It my no means changes my love for a good ol fashioned falafel..and honestly I think I prefer the ol fashion to the new fangeled. But I was able to use us my potatoes before the produce delivery man dropped more on my doorstep, literally, while I was pealing the before mentioned sweet potatoes..and it is healthy , so you can't beat that!


RECIPE:

- 2 sweet potatoes
-1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
-1 cup water
-1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
-1 1/2 teaspoon coriander
-1/4 teaspoon turmeric
-3 cloves chopped garlic
-palm full of parsley
-salt and pepper to taste
-1/4 cup whole wheat flour

*preheat oven to 450 degrees
*chop and boil sweet potatoes, drain
*bring 1 cup water to boil, add quinoa and simmer until water is absorbed
*in a bowl mash potatoes, mix in cooked quinoa and flour and mix
*mix in garlic, parsley and spice
*on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, scoop potato mixture with a small scoop or spoon to form falafel balls
*spray with a light coating of cooking spray and bake at 450 for about 20-25 minutes
falafel balls should brown on outside a bit and be crisp to the touch.

****serve in pita with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and whatever else you like!
*

21 days : Vegan, Gluten free, Refined sugar free


Ok, so we are going vegan, Gluten Free, and Refined sugar free for 21 days!!
Yikes, I love me some bread so this is not gonna be a cake walk..ahahhahahahhahaha..I am such a nerd...pretty sure I am the only one laughing at that one. Ok, so my sister in law is actually the one responsible for this idea..I just blindly jumped on the train because I like a challenge...everything is more appealing if it seems like a game, am I right? Also being that we have moved a million miles from home, and I am currently friendless and bored in a the big city.....its seemed like something to fill my time.
It should not be too hard. We actually just finished a 3 day juice fast so anything is a step up from that. I am just happy to be chewing anything honestly..just don't make juice for three days ever again! ( after saying this out loud as I type it, I instantly am positive I will one day do it again..blraggggg!) It had its perks. Felt great after..stomach felt good, did not miss coffee, did not really miss sugar...just missed eating. So going vegan, sugar free and gluten free seems doable.
The plan here is simple: find recipes, tweak them, make up recipes, take pictures, post pictures and recipes and share.
So if you are feeling crazy, THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM ON THIS TRAIN!
We are starting monday so expect pics and updates starting monday morning! whoop!!!