I love the attitude to food that Sonja and Alex from a couple cooks have. They have a fabulous balanced approached to food that encourages healthy eating whilst not being dictatorial or overly strict. You can read more about what they eat here:
I made this spicy red lentil dish from their website a few weeks ago and I liked it but didn’t love it. I suspect this was my fault, mainly because I didn’t read the recipe closely enough, made an ingredient substitute and didn’t spice it up. So I do want to give it another go sometime, this time paying more attention to the recipe.
This falafel pattie recipe popped up in my bloglovin’ feed and the patties looked beautiful:
Plus I had some harissa that needed using and the harissa yoghurt sauce looked good and spicy. In a prior life I used to get falafel patties quite regularly from a local Turkish restaurant. But they were always deep fried so I have tended to avoid them as part of trying to improve my waistline and diet more generally.
The recipe was very straightforward. My only problem was getting the chickpeas in to a paste. But that says more about my dodgy food processor than this recipe.
Given the recipe says the patties freeze well, I made a batch as per the recipe so I could freeze some from meals on another night. The sauce is so easy to make; this would make a good quick dinner on a work night. So once I defrost a batch I will update the post.
I had calculated the calories based on the original recipe serving 4 people and when I got to the end of the recipe and it said to divide this into 4-5 patties, I was concerned it was going to be a bit light on in terms of making me feel like I had had a proper meal. I ended up dividing the mixture in to 6 patties and having 2 patties as one serve. This came to 435 calories with the sauce. The patties were much more filling than I expected and I just had them with the yoghurt sauce. The patties have quite a few veggies in them as well so it was a good way to sneak in carrots which I am not overly fond of. The 435 calories is with one third of the sauce and I didn’t eat all of it so you could easily cut down on the calories by making one sixth of the sauce for each serve you eat.
The patties have a great solid feel to them and they would also go well in a burger if you wanted to go down that road.