Millet & Chickpea Falafel

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This recipe is delicious and relatively healthy. If you are still in losing mode (greater than 5 lbs) I would bake the falafels instead of frying them. They are a tasty meal packed with nutrients and should be enjoyed in moderation. If you are new to millet like me, you can find it at most health food stores. I got mine at a local bulk barn. Millet is considered to be one of the lease allergenic and most easily digestible grains. You can cook it just like you would rice. 

Ingredients:

Falafel:

  • 1 cup cooked millet
  • 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 4 scallions (chopped well)
  • 1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 lemon (zest only)
  • Extra virgin olive oil (for cooking)

Avocado Salsa:

  • 1/2 cup tomatoes (roughly chopped)
  • 1 ripe avocado (diced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley (finely chopped)
  • 2 scallions (chopped well)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

Combine all the falafel ingredients (except the olive oil) and mash with a potato masher. Set a non-stick pan over medium heat and coat the bottom with a generous layer of olive oil. Drop balls (the size of a golf ball) of the falafel mixture into the hot pan and cook for 2-3 min per side or until brown and crisp. The mixture will crumble easily so be careful not to handle too much. A slightly healthier option is to bake the falafel balls at 350 for 20 mins. Combine all the avocado salsa ingredients in a bowl and keep chilled until you are ready to serve.

Serve the falafels warms with a spritz of fresh lemon and the Avocado salsa.