I am writing this post from a hospital room. What dedication! But really, I just needed to do something to pass the time. It is nothing serious, just a “mild” allergic reaction. I look a bit like a red marshmallow… but, hey, could be worse. Now, I just need to find out what I’m allergic to.
It is so strange! When I was growing up I was the only one in my family who was not allergic to anything. My brother was deathly allergic to eggs and nuts, my older sister to milk and my little sister is allergic to nuts and certain fruits. I used to tease them relentlessly… until I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Oh, the irony!
I’m very greatful for the diagnosis even though it can be annoying sometimes. Now that I know how to cook gluten-free foods, I hardly miss gluten. In fact, I often like my substitutions more! It’s all about enjoying the things you can eat instead of dwelling on the things you can’t. For example: these delicious burgers!
These are so tasty! I have always loved falafel, but never liked the fact that they needed to be deep fried. I don’t like how deep fried food makes me feel. I become tired and bloated. However, these burgers have all the flavour without the grease.
Easy Vegan Falafel Burgers
makes 6 patties
- 1 can of chickpeas
- scant 1/4 cup almond meal
- 5 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 small onion or 1 shallot, diced
- 3-5 large cloves garlic
- 1 bunch parsley
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 pinch cardamom
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- swiss chard leaves
- sweet peppers
- Put lemon juice, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper in your food processor. Process for about 2 minutes, scraping down sides as needed.
- Add chickpeas and spices. Allow to blend for a little while more. Do not over process! You do not want to make hummus!
- Pour mixture into a medium bowl. Add almond meal and onions. Mix well until combined.
- Mold into burger patties and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the fridge for 15 minutes to an hour. The longer you leave them in the fridge, the more the flavours will pop. I left mine for an hour, but in a pinch, 15 minutes will do fine.
- During this time, preheat the oven to 380 ºF. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a frying pan or skillet. Place burgers in the pan. Cook for 2 minutes on each side or until crisp on the surface. This adds a nice texture, but for an oil-free option, simply omit this step.
- Place the falafel on the middle rack of your oven for about 40 minutes. Eat them straight out of the oven or put them in the fridge. Make sure you allow them to cool before refrigerating so they don’t become soggy. Should last in the fridge for up to a week.