Sunday, January 10, 2010

Falafel Pitas

Recipe for a falafel stuffed pita sandwich with veggies. Enjoy easy and tasty Middle Eastern falafel pitas sandwich. This recipe consists of plain dry breadcrumbs, parsley, onions, cumin, coriander, chickpeas, garlic, red pepper, cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, whole wheat pitas, lettuce and tomato. Fresh carrot and celery sticks are a crunchy side.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed pita half)

1/4 cup plain dry breadcrumbs
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 large egg
1 garlic clove, chopped
Dash of ground red pepper
Cooking spray
1/4 cup shredded seeded peeled cucumber
1/4 cup plain 2% low-fat Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 (6-inch) whole wheat pitas, halved
4 Bibb lettuce leaves
8 (1/4-inch-thick) tomato slices

  1. 1. Combine first 10 ingredients in a food processor. Process until finely chopped. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions; shape each portion into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
  2. 2. Combine cucumber, yogurt, juice, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Line each pita half with 1 lettuce leaf and 2 tomato slices. Place 1 patty in each pita half. Top each patty with about 1 tablespoon cucumber mixture.
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