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This served as a quick, convenient and delicious lunch between driving the kids to their dentist appointments and taking my youngest and his friend shopping at a local flea market.


falafel sandwich

1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans

1/2 cup shredded carrots

1/4 cup chopped parsley

2 tablespoons flour

3 garlic cloves, minced

salt and pepper

4 tablespoons tahini, divided

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tomato


pita bread

Heat oven to 425F.

Drain garbanzo beans and mash together with carrots, parsley, flour, 3 tablespoons tahini, 1 tablespoon of water, garlic and cumin, and season with salt and pepper.

Grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray and shape mixture into patties. Place on cookie sheet, bake for 10 minutes or until crispy, turning once.

In a small bowl, mix yogurt, 1 tablespoon tahini and lemon juice.

Top pita bread with falafel, tomato, lettuce and yogurt sauce.


Recipe adapted from Parents, March 2010