Say Grace, dinner is served!

This is one of those meals that sort of fit all lifestyles.  If you have a family, easy to double or triple this batch of pure goodness.  If you are an empty nester, the recipe is perfect for dinner and a couple left over for lunch tomorrow.  If you are new to cooking, it’s a snap.  If you know your way around the kitchen, you will love the flavor and the ease at which these puppies (again folks, not real puppies) go together.  Clean up is a cinch and you will love that you don’t have to turn on the oven in the heat of the summer.

Wash up, music on loud, grab a flirty apron and let’s do this.

Get out your food processor. I have had mine over 25 years and I still smile every time I use it.   If you don’t happen to have one, yes you can make this by sharpening your knife skills.  (See what I did there?  Sharpening….knife skills…hahahaha)  I found this recipe by Kim Wilson (no relation, but like when you look at the winning home canned foods entries at the fair and notice the names, I sort of want to be her friend)  Hey Kim!  If you are reading this, thank you.

Hello, Falafel Patties!

DSCN1568Before we start, cover the lid portion of your food processor with plastic wrap.  It will be a snap to take off and you have just cleaned the worst part of using a food processor!  (You’re welcome)  Okay, add 1/2 an onion, I used purple and white together because I had that in the refrigerator.  Quarter and toss into the processor & add 2 cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chop well.  Add the following and process until well-mixed and fairly well-chopped (not pureed).  1 can drained and rinsed chickpeas, 1 huge Tablespoon Tahini (lick the spoon prior to tossing into the dishwasher), 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil (I forgot this once and it still turned out fine), 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 2 Tablespoons flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour) and a pinch of cayenne

Scoop and pat into patties on a griddle, or skillet about five minutes per side.

tomatoes cucumbersServe with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, pita pocket and some garlic dill dressing.  Everyone can build their own.  DSCN1571

Tonight, I am packing all of this into a cooler.  I am packing a picnic blanket and heading to the lake with the dog and Mr. Right.  It is still a bit warm in our neck of the woods, a picnic by the lake with a happy cooled off dog will be the perfect place to relax and dine.   Say GRACE and take your first bite.  The flavor hits your tongue and with the crunch of the cucumbers and the sweet tang of the fresh tomatoes………..I am telling you, this recipe will put you up for Cook of the Week award!  Oh you didn’t know there is such a thing?  Yes, comes with a tiara and a fancy ribbon suitable for wearing on a sash.   Summer meals don’t get much easier than this.  Enjoy every single bite.  Here’s to our good health!

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