Archive for July 12, 2010

Falafel Fail… Great Granola!

So last night, I had a little extra time on my hands, and I thought I’d try out a new recipe. I learned a few lessons along the way, but we’ll get there in a minute. A friend at work gave me the Skinny Bitch in the Kitch cookbook. I have mixed feelings about this cookbook… I mean, I like that it’s vegan, but I don’ t know how I feel about the stance of the book. Anyways, this isn’t a cookbook review…

I wanted to try something new and it just so happened that I had all the ingredients to make falafel! So I thought, why not? (Plus, I’d been dying to find a reason to use my Bob Mill’s Garbanzo Bean Flour, because yes, I buy things with no purpose in mind.) So I tried to follow the recipe pretty closely. Here are the main ingredients sitting in the food processor…

I blended it up, shaped it into balls, and baked it up! Here was the finished product:

They turned out… ok. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t anything I would crave. I think it might have helped if I had actually HAD falafel before. So Lesson #1: Figure out your expectations. I had no idea what I thought this would taste like, so I didn’t know if it was a success or a flop. Since I wasn’t thrilled, I’m saying it was a flop. Lesson #2: Don’t cut corners. There was a lemon tahini sauce that went with this but I got kind of tired half way through the recipe and thought, well, I’ll see how the falafel tastes, and if it’s good, I’ll make the sauce… Needless to say, I didn’t make the sauce.

*sigh* On a positive note…

I kicked off my Monday morning with some O’Soy Vanilla Yogurt, frozen blueberries, & some Vanilla Almond Galaxy Granola!! Thank you to Healthy Helper & Clean Teen Kelsey for the great recommendation! It’s delicious, and the nutritionals aren’t bad at all! I loved that it had whole almonds in it. It was crunchy and just the right amount of sweetness! Yum!

I started my morning off with this bowl, some coffee (with Truvia and Silk Almond Milk) &  a handful of Peanut Butter Puffins. After seeing the Review on Petit Foodie I wanted to try them, and let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed! These babies are packed with peanut butter-y flavor! They were almost TOO sweet for breakfast. (Almost… but not quite. 🙂 )  Go grab a box of these! I’m thinking these would be great crushed over some chocolate coconut milk ice cream… hmm…

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