Cell Regenerator: Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, vitamin B6 and folate, which is also known as vitamin B9 or folic acid. Just 1 serving of our falafel sandwich provides almost half of your daily value of folate, a key player in building blocks of DNA and RNA, which are essential for rapidly growing tissues (like those of a developing fetus) and rapidly regenerating cells (like red blood cells and immune cells).
1 head green leaf or red leaf lettuce, coarsely shredded
1 tomato, cut into thin wedges
1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 low-sodium dill pickle, sliced
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
Harissa or other hot sauce, optional
To a food processor, add chickpeas, yellow onion, flour, parsley, whole garlic, baking powder, cumin, coriander and salt and pulse to a grainy paste, scraping down bowl as necessary. With lightly moistened hands, shape paste into 12 golf ball-size rounds, arranging on a plate.
Coat a very large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium-low. Working in batches if necessary to avoid crowding the skillet, add balls and use a spatula to flatten to about ½ inch thick. Cook until browned on bottom, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and brown other side, 4 to 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together tahini, ¼ cup water, lemon juice, remaining minced garlic and paprika.
Cut about 1 inch off top of each pita, forming a pocket. Add 2 falafel to each pita and divide lettuce, tomato, cucumber, pickle, red onion and tahini sauce among pitas. Drizzle each with harissa (if using).
Chill Out with Chickpeas: Chickpeas to help relieve stress? Yes! In fact, chickpeas are a good source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that your body needs to make protein. High-tryptophan foods play a role in boosting your mood, and tryptophan is even used therapeutically to help treat anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.
Inspired by the bold flavors of dal, the traditional Indian lentil dish, our hearty vegetarian patties are delicious served on their own or with warm whole-grain naan bread – just be sure to top them with our addictive sweet-tart mango chutney!