Making your own healthy snacks can be really hard sometimes. It’s often much more tempting to pull a packet of crisps out of the cupboard or buy something pre-prepared (and probably full of calories and saturates) from the nearest supermarket. Yesterday I was facing this exact dilemma and decided to have a look around in the kitchen to see what I could rustle up quickly. I saw a tin of chickpeas and was instantly inspired.
Falafel is one of the simplest and cheapest snacks to make and I want to share my recipe with you. You can pick up a tin of chickpeas from around 30p at any supermarket and the rest of the ingredients are just general things you’d find in any household. I also love how healthy it is and obviously it’s great for a vegetarian diet.
1 tin of chickpeas (400g)
1/2 an onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 medium egg
Cooking oil (to suit your preference)
- Finely chop up the onion and garlic and pan-fry with a splash of oil and a pinch of salt until golden.
- Drain the chickpeas and then mash together with the onions and garlic, adding cumin to season. I added around 1 tbsp, but it depends on personal preference.
- When the chickpea mixture appears to be mainly smooth, add the fresh or dried parsley and mix so evenly distributed. After this, mix in the egg.
- When you are satisfied with the mixture, form into small balls with your hands (you should be able to make between 6-8 dependent on the size) and then flatten slightly into patties.
- Heat up 1 tbsp of oil and then cook the patties on a medium heat for around 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy on the outside. (You can also deep fry if you wish to, but pan-frying is the healthier alternative.)
- When they are cooked through, leave them to cool for a minute or so and then serve as desired.
- As a quick snack serve with a hummus or tzatziki dip. Tzatziki = grated cucumber combined with salt, olive oil, mint sprigs and natural yoghurt (use low fat yoghurt for the healthiest option).
- To accompany a main meal serve with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and spiced cous cous. You can either make your own cous cous from scratch or buy an instant pack from almost any supermarket.
- To make into a main meal fill a pitta bread with falafel, feta cheese, chopped cucumber salad and finish with either tzatziki or hummus. Delicious!
Side note: I love cous cous and it is an absolute staple in Tunisia; while I was visiting in the summer, my partner’s mum showed me her recipe and I am dying to try it out and share it with you guys at some point.