Fried foods aren’t great for you, which is why this recipe for baked falafel is such a pleasure. Besides being healthier, it’s also much easier to make. Plus, frying is just messy. Serve these little balls of happiness with the accompanying Smoky Tahini Dressing atop rice or whole grains or in pitas or wraps with fresh tomatoes and lettuce.  Contributed by Dynise Balcavage, from Celebrate Vegan* (Lyons Press, ©2011).

Baked Falafel with Smoky Tahini Dressing

Serves 4

Ingredients

Falafel
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ½ small onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp flour, plus more, if needed
Smoky Tahini Dressing
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (sauté first if you don’t like raw garlic)
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked…

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