Cheap Meal Ideas: All for Falafel and Falafel for All!

This bear is emerging from blogging hibernation to introduce a guest post from the lovely Carolyn of the Blog Content Guild. I’ll let her dazzle you with her falafel recipe as I lazily retreat back to my cave filled with aromas of cookies baking and tangles of ribbon scrap. A Murray Christmas to all!

Well, it’s that time again: time to make those New Year’s resolutions. And we know just the one we’re going to tackle come 2012. Admittedly, we eat out a lot. Okay, so we like to sample different cuisines, wasting ghastly amounts of money on great food! So sue us! Even so, maybe it’s time to turn over a new leaf and start cookin’ up meals at home. Need some cheap meal ideas? We got just the thing:

Falafel (with all the trimmings)

Anyone who has even had the chance to wander down Rue des Rosiers in Paris has probably enjoyed absolutely magnificent, world-renowned falafel. But going to grab falafel every Sunday may not be the best way to save money. So, why not make it at home? Here’s a great recipe that will help you save a bit of money, while also enjoying a delicious treat.

1 15 oz can of chickpeas
1 onion, diced
1 tbs. garlic, minced
2 tbs. fresh parsley, chopped, 1 tsp coriander
3/4 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbs. flour
1 cup hummus (You can make this homemade too. All you gotta do is throw some chickpeas, olive oil, and tahini paste in a food processor. Yeah, that simple.)

1. Combine chickpeas, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add flour and combine well. Mash chickpeas and make sure all the ingredients are mixing together. You can also throw all these ingredients (except the hummus) into a food processor. This will create a think paste. Form paste into small balls and flatten a bit. Fry in 2 inches of oil at 350 degrees until golden.

2. Now all you have to do is get some pita, pick up some nondairy mayo, add a little bit of tomato ketchup, and serve with hummus, tomato, cucumber, and cabbage. Eating cheap has never tasted so good.

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