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Carrot & Kale Falafel, Win a Copy of The Easy Vegan Cookbook!


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But life and the blog must go on, so let’s get this giveaway started!  We all know Kathy Hester, she’s made an art of Healthy Slow Cooking for those craving plant-based meals. She also has a ton of successful cookbooks out there, including The Great Vegan Bean Book and Vegan Slow Cooking for Two. Her newest, The Easy Vegan Cookbook looks just as promising! 

Tons of easy-yet-delicious recipes in this beautiful book, everything from Veggie “Pot Pie” Pasta to Inside-Out Stuffed Pepper Stew to Applesauce Spice Cake! There are a huge variety of recipes, and the really cool thing is that each recipe includes oil-free, soy-free, and gluten-free options! She has really made cooking easy, no matter how picky your eaters. 

Kathy and her publisher were kind enough to provide an extra copy for a giveaway AND also to let me share one of my favorite recipes from this book with you guys today: Carrot & Kale Falafel!

Carrot Kale Falafel

So, enter the giveaway then print out the recipe because you’re going to want to try these falafel. They’re cripsy on the outside, moist on the inside, and ridiculously flavorful. The best part is they use easy to find ingredients and are quite easy to make!

 The Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a copy of The Easy Vegan Cookbook by Kathy Hester! To enter, leave a comment below answering the question of the day:  Do you cook oil-free, soy-free, or gluten-free? Or do you just cook whatever sounds good, as long as it’s vegan? Be sure and log your comment into Rafflecopter to make sure it counts! Contest ends October 7th at midnight, mountain time. One winner will be chosen at random and announced the following day. Open to residents of the US and Canada only. Good luck!

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Falafel has always had a special place in my heart. I love those little patties: I practically lived off them during my time in New York. They are slightly crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Mine have the usual base of chickpeas, but they kick the veggies up a notch with carrots and kale. With a food processor, you can have them ready to bake in minutes. Serve as a main course with a side of hummus and a salad, on pita bread as a sandwich, or chop up and use on the Falafel “Pitza” on page 159.
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  1. 1 cup (128 g) chopped or shredded carrots
  2. ¼ cup (40 g) chopped onion
  3. 2 cloves garlic
  4. ½ cup (34 g) chopped kale (about 1 medium leaf)
  5. ½ cup (30 g) chopped parlsey
  6. 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil (substitute tahini or pumpkin purée)
  7. 1 tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
  8. 1 tablespoon (15 g) tahini
  9. 1½ teaspoon (7 g) cumin
  10. 1 (15 oz [425 g]) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained or 1½ cups (300 g) cooked
  11. 3 to 4 tablespoons (30 to 40 g) brown rice flour (or whole-wheat or gluten-free baking mix)
  12. ½ teaspoon salt or salt, to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the carrots, onion and garlic to your food processor and process until very small pieces remain. Add the kale and parsley and process until minced.
  3. Now add the olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, cumin and chickpeas and process some more. You want the chickpeas to have a little texture and not to be smooth like hummus.
  4. Add 3 tablespoons (30 g) of the flour and salt and process until just mixed in. If the batter is too thin, add the remaining flour.
  5. I make the patties using a 1-tablespoon scoop and then flatten them slightly with the back of a spoon or my hand. You can make larger patties, but you will need to increase the cooking time.
  6. Bake for ten minutes, then flip and bake 10 minutes more. These will keep for about 5 days in the refrigerator, or you can freeze the leftovers for a busy night.
  1. Per patty with oil: Calories 37.5, protein 1.1 g, total fat 1.7 g, carbohydrates 4.7 g, sodium 52.9 mg, fiber 1.0 g
  2. TIP: Want larger patties? Recipe tester and photographer Ann says, “If you use a ¼-cup measure for the batter, you’ll get about 10 patties and you’ll need to cook them for about 30 minutes instead of 20.” Thanks, Ann!
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  • Aimee B. September 30, 2015, 1:52 pm

    I don’t quite cook oil free, but do cook with as little oil as possible. 🙂

  • Kelsey September 30, 2015, 2:58 pm

    I am all about oil free cooking and oil free living!

  • MDVinCANADA September 30, 2015, 5:06 pm

    I invested in a wonderful set of stone cookware to cook without added oils as much as possible… so far, so good!

  • Terri Cole September 30, 2015, 6:33 pm

    I avoid highly refined products like white flour, white sugar and oils. I love tofu and thank the gods I’m not gluten-intolerant! I love all the fruits and veggies and beans and grains.

  • Susan September 30, 2015, 8:18 pm

    I cook gluten free when I’m cooking for my best gal pal and soy free for my mother in law.

  • sarah September 30, 2015, 8:54 pm

    oil free for sure

  • Peggy October 1, 2015, 7:49 am

    Oil free

  • Gita October 1, 2015, 10:38 am

    I use coconut oil quite a bit. Not GF. Lots of spices. And it has to taste good to me, of course :).

  • Gloria K October 1, 2015, 10:52 am

    I try to watch how much oil i use. But as long as it’s good and vegan i eaieat.

  • Rusty M October 1, 2015, 11:01 am

    I try and cook some oil-free but mostly whatever sounds good at the time. I do tend to go through cookbooks and make alot of recipes from whichever one I pick at the time!

  • Michelle October 1, 2015, 11:27 am

    Anything that is Vegan and low sodium

  • Skubitwo October 1, 2015, 12:05 pm

    Actually, I eat everything, but I cook for a vegan loved one and a reduced oil loved one. I spent a summer experimenting with gluten free with a friend, and Indian foods with another. Basically, I like to try to cook things that sound interesting regardless. So, I do try out lots of things from your site!

  • Kelsey October 1, 2015, 12:20 pm

    I try to limit my oil intake, but I do enjoy cooking and baking with coconut oil. I tend to limit my soy as well, with organic tofu and tempeh being the exception. I’m not perfect, but I try to find what’s right for my body and that’s usually simple whole foods.

  • Jennifer October 1, 2015, 2:53 pm

    None! I do try to cut back on oil (and sometimes I do cut it out altogether). But I never do soy- or gluten- free cooking.

  • Chad October 1, 2015, 9:24 pm

    I don’t exclude gluten or oil, but rather try to make the healthiest choices when cooking foods for the family.

  • Aaron October 2, 2015, 4:18 am

    I would share this cookbook with a gluten-free friend =)

  • Roisin October 2, 2015, 11:45 am

    Usually oil-free, but always vegan!! 🙂

  • Angie October 2, 2015, 6:52 pm

    I do not cook completely without any of those, I just try to be mindful of how much I eat.

  • Donna October 3, 2015, 7:45 am

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 3+ years and I’m trying to become vegan. I’m on the lookout for some delicious vegan recipes. I’ll work on limiting/eliminating oils later.

  • Carolsue October 4, 2015, 2:14 am

    I just cook whatever sounds good as long as it’s Vegan

  • Linda October 4, 2015, 6:29 am

    I like to cook soy-free because so much soy is GMO.

  • Melissa K. October 4, 2015, 2:07 pm

    Oil-free yes; vegan, yes; gluten-free no

  • DJ October 4, 2015, 4:52 pm

    I cook soy and gluten free.

  • Jennifer October 6, 2015, 2:30 pm

    I cook whatever is good, but I do have lots of friends and family who do have more specific health needs like gluten-free or various different allergies.

  • kris kowalski October 7, 2015, 4:40 am

    I try eating as oil as possible. I actually use soy about once every three months.

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