Mediterranean Feast with some Sassy Sauces

Despite having a 12 page midterm to work on, I managed to make two sauces, a quinoa dish and falafels for dinner tonight. I’d never made falafels before so it was a learning experience. The results…next time I will make them a bit smaller with more oil. Olive oil is good for you, right? Right. While these recipes have a lot of ingredients, something I tend to stray away from, they were all quite simple.

So here you go, try them soon!

Miso Tahini Dressing

  • 2 tbls sesame oil
  • 2 tbls olive oil
  • 3 tsp hempseed oil
  • 2 tbls tahini
  • 4 tbls lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ume plum vinegar
  • 2 tsp tamari
  • 4 tsp white miso
  • clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  1. Whisk all together, add water if it needs to be thinned

Quinoa with Veggies

  • 2 c quinoa
  • 2 1/2 c water
  • carrots, broccoli and onion
  1. Boil water, add quinoa, cover and simmer for 30 min
  2. Steam carrots and broccoli
  3. Saute onion
  4. Add veggies to cooked quinoa and pour in Miso Tahini Dressing

Falafel (modified from Vegetarian News)

    • 1 c dried chickpeas (soaked overnight, about 1 1/2 c to 2 c)
    • 3 tbls tahini
    • 1 tbls flax + 3 tbls water
    • 1½ tsp. ground cumin
    • 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp.)
    • 1 tsp. lemon juice
    • ½ tsp. chili powder
    • ¼ tsp. salt (or to taste)
    • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 tbls finely chopped onion
    • 2 tbls chopped parsley
    • ½ tsp. baking powder
    • Olive oil, for frying
  1. In a food processor, pulse chickpeas, tahini, flax/water, cumin, garlic, lemon juice, chili powder, and salt in blender or food processor until mostly smooth, but still chunky. Transfer to bowl, and stir in flour, onion, parsley, and baking powder.
  2. Shape 1/4 cup chickpea mixture into 1-inch-thick patty, and place on platter.

3. Pour enough olive oil into large skillet to have 1/4 inch in bottom. Heat over medium-high heat. Place patties in pan, making sure patties don’t touch. Cook 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Transfer to paper-towel-lined platter to drain. Repeat with remaining patties.

looks like pancakes! I think they needed more oil for frying

Tahini Sauce (modified from Dreena’s Vegan Recipes/Everyday Vegan)

  • 1⁄3 cup + 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1⁄3 – 1⁄2 cup water (adjust for desired thickness)
  • 1 container of plain hummus
  • 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp agave
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  1. Whisk together!
  2. Drizzle over falafels, rice, veggies, etc…

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