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Falafel In Pita Bread with Tahini Umeboshi Dressing

Serves 5 | Prep Time 15 minutes | Cook Time 30 minutes

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Ingredients

Falafel

2 cups precooked organic millet, see Note**

15 ounces Eden Organic Garbanzo Beans, drained, reserve 1/4 cup bean cooking liquid

1 Tbsp Eden Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 medium onion, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp organic roasted tahini (sesame butter)

2 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced

2 tsp ground cumin
or 1/2 cumin and 1/2 ground corriander

1/2 tsp Eden Sea Salt

2 Tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed

1 Tbsp organic whole wheat flour

1/2 cup organic cornmeal

Eden Organic Safflower Oil, for frying the falafel

Tahini Dressing

1/4 cup Edensoy Original
Edensoy Extra Original, or Edensoy Unsweetened

1/4 cup cold water

1/2 tsp ground cumin

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp Eden Umeboshi Paste

4 Tbsp organic roasted tahini (sesame butter)

For Accompaniment

3 whole organic whole wheat pita pockets

1 medium cucumber, sliced thin

1 medium organic tomato, sliced thin

2 cups mixed baby salad greens
or chopped romaine lettuce leaves

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Directions

Falafel: Heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic and onions for 2 to 3 minutes. Place in a mixing bowl. Blend the garbanzo beans in a blender or food processor with the reserved bean cooking liquid until smooth. Place in the mixing bowl. Add the cooked millet, lemon juice, tahini, parsley, cumin, whole wheat flour and sea salt. Mix thoroughly with your hands to evenly blend the ingredients. The mixture should be thick. If too wet, add a little more flour. If to dry, add a little more bean cooking liquid. Shape the mixture into 15 equal size balls and roll each one in the cornmeal to coat. Heat the safflower oil and deep fry or pan fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat until all falafel are cooked.

To prepare the dressing, place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth and creamy. Place in a serving dish.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Heat up the pita bread for 5 minutes until warm. Remove and slice the pita in half and open the pocket. Place 2 or 3 falafel in each pocket. Spoon a little dressing over the falafel. Place slices of cucumber and tomato in each pocket and salad greens or lettuce.

**NOTE: To make the millet, take 2/3 cup uncooked millet and place in a saucepan. Add a pinch of Eden Sea Salt and 2 cups of cold water. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the flame and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes. When done remove and place in a bowl. Toss with a wooden spoon to cool or let sit overnight before making the falafel. If you do not have millet, you can substitute couscous.

Nutritional Information

Per serving: 720 calories, 19g fat (23% calories from fat), 24g protein, 117g carbohydrate, 17g fiber, 0mg cholesterol, 479mg sodium

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