10 May 2012
Cleanse Week Recipes
It's Cleanse Week around these parts - better known as the City-Wide Cleanse put on by one of our local Naturopathic doctors. It's a week of no sugar, no gluten, no alcohol, no dairy, no meat, no coffee and no corn. So though I do eat pretty cleanly, my body is currently screaming for a cup of coffee and a hunk of cheese! Normally there are a group of us who do it together and alternate cooking dinner and/or snacks so that you aren't eating the same thing for five days straight. Tonight was my turn and I made the Roasted Sweet Potato Felafel which were delicious!
Roasted Sweet Potato Felafel
2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1.5lbs)
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 small cloves of garlic, chopped
2 big handfuls of fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 cup chickpea flour
1 tsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 425F (220C) and roast the potatoes whole until tender - 45 min to 1 hour. Turn off the oven, leave the potatoes to cool and then peel. Put the potatoes, cumin, corriander, cilantro, lemon juice and chickpea flour in large bowl. Season well and mash until smooth. Stick in fridge to firm up for an hour or in freezer 20-30min. When you take it out, mix should be sticky rather than really wet. Reheat the oven to 400F/200C. Use a scoop or spoons and make round, put on oiled cookie sheet and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in oven for 15min until bases are golden brown. Makes approx. 18 falafels, serves 4-6.
I served these with just a giant lettuce/spinach salad but you could make the accompanying chickpea flour pancakes to go with them. They were great with a little siracha hot sauce...
Now to go attempt an oat/coconut/banana cookie to have with my herbal tea......