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Tip #3 for getting your kids to eat beans: Turn beans into something familiar, like chicken nuggets.
Did you happen to see the Jamie Oliver episode where he put a nasty chicken carcass into a blender and shaped it into chicken nuggets? The kids, knowing what was in it, still ate it! They ate it because it looked like chicken nuggets! Our falafel had the same idea, except with CHICK-peas, instead of a chicken carcass. lol, get it?? My kids didn't know what was in it, but they loved these!
I started with this recipe from Allrecipes, omitting things I didn't have. My final recipe was this:
Chick-en Nugget Falafel
- 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
Mash into bowl. I use a pastry blender.
- 1/2 onion
- Parsley (from my kitchen window...mmmm)
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 TBL olive oil
Mix with bean dip, and slowly pour in 1 cup bread crumbs. Mix enough bread crumbs until your dough is not too sticky to shape.
Shape into chicken nuggets and either bake or fry. I "grilled" in a cast iron pan with a small amount of olive oil. Then I made that Origami Fry bag.
WE LOVED THESE!! Just so you know!
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