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Dinner in the Mediterranean

August 29, 2010

After seeing Sara post about making pitas, I knew that I had to try! I am not a huge fan of bread. I love it, but i would rather spend my calories on a cupcake then on a slice of bread. Pitas are the exception:) They are bread but they aren’t so i can have a pita and a cupcake!

But i couldn’t just eat a pita so i made some black bean hummus. But thats not a very complete dinner (though i have eaten it many times before) so i made falafel:):) And then grilled up some eggplant and sliced some fresh tomatoes from a local farm stand. Plus some fresh romaine (and a little bit of my roommates hummus)

Dinner perfection! And no it wasn’t just for me, the roomies ate some too:)

Pitas

Go here to check out how Sara made them. I did pretty much what she did, but i used a cookie tray and they still cooked perfectly.

Black Bean Hummus

(These are just general directions. I have made it so many times that i normally just throw stuff in the food processor and adjust as i need to)

  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1 heaping tablespoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • a splash of water (if you want it smoother)
  • 2 minced gloves of garlic or a plethora of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste (i rarely use salt but i use a lot of pepper)

Throw everything in a food processor or blender and mix until it has reach the desired texture add more water/lemon juice/olive oil if needed.


Falafel

This was the first time i have ever made it myself and i was super pleased with the results. These are baked so theres none of that frying nonsense going on around here! I used this recipe as a guid but i went pretty freestyle with the veggies. Plus i made about 10 medium size patties instead of 4 big ones.

  • 1.5 cups chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander (I had whole coriander so i just crushed it)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • flour (i didn’t measure, i just mixed it in until the mixture came together and wasn’t sticky)
  • oven= 400º.

Combine everything except the flour in a food processor or blender and pulse until it is coarse. Mix in flour and roll into small balls. Flatten balls into patties and place into a cast iron skillet (or other oiled ovenproof pan). Cook for two minutes on both sides and then place skillet into the oven for 10 minutes. Flip half way through. (I ended up needed 2 skillets to hold all of the patties.) Serve with hummus and pitas!

The eggplant i always stick on my George Forman grill after flipping it around in some olive oil and salt and pepper.

Delish!!!

Yep thats ALL MINE! I was quite the little piggy:):):)


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  1. September 3, 2010 2:11 am

    Pita is DEFINITELY one of my weaknesses….ohhh and that freshly baked pita just looks amazing!!

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