chickpea ball bites, tahini lemon sauce and the winner of Happy Herbivore cookbook

Too many things going on lately! But I managed to get away for a long weekend with my girlfriends which was awesome! Lots of hours at the beach, tasty food, margaritas at the beach bar, girl talk and a nasty cold I got on my way back home (yuk!). So I am really not in cooking mood. I have a hard time getting into my kitchen to do anything. But thanks to my smart cooking method (cooking lots of dry beans and storing them in zip log bags in the freezer) this great dish was easy and fast to make. It’s almost like mini falafel balls. Minus the cumin. And the tahini lemon sauce is so freaking good I can actually eat it with a spoon. But first let me talk about the latest contest for winning a copy of the Happy Herbivore cookbook. Thank you all for taking part in this. I used random.org in order to choose the winner, and the lucky winner is number 13, Heather Ludwig. Congrats! I will be sending you an email soon to arrange the mailing of the book!

winner #13 - random.org

Now let’s get into the recipes!

chickpea ball bites!

Ingredients

for the chickpea ball bites

3 cups cooked chickpeas, drained – divided
1/2 cup chickpea flour
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp mixed dry herbs

cute! aren't they?

In a big mixing bowl place the 1 1/2 cups of chickpeas and mash them with a fork or potato masher. Add the chickpea flour. Place all the other ingredients in a food processor and blend for few seconds until all ingredients get well incorporated. Do not overblend! Add this mixture to the bowl and mix well with your hands. Shape balls in the size of a walnut. Preheat the oven in 350F/180C. Grease a baking sheet and lay your chickpea balls. Spray or brush them with a bit of olive oil. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

for the tahini lemon sauce

1/3 cup tahini
3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp plain soy yogurt
salt to taste
pinch of pepper
1-2 cloves of roasted garlic

close up! yum!

blend all the ingredients in a food processor

Serve the chickpea ball bites with the tahini lemon sauce on the side. Dip, eat, enjoy!

pure yumminess!
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