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Chickpea and Couscous Cakes

Chickpea and Couscous Cakes

These are super tasty, with a great crunchy texture outside and a soft texture inside. We use a light vinaigrette on them with a touch of mint. They’re great with a salad or just by themselves!

1 cup couscous, whole wheat or regular
1 ½ cups water
½ cup chick peas, canned, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons feta
2 eggs,lightly beaten
¼ cup parsley
1 ½ teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon granulated onion
1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons light sour cream
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ teaspoon fresh mint, chopped
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • Place couscous in bowl with sea salt and add boiled water. Stir and cover for 5 minutes. Fluff with spoon and then cool slightly.
  • Whisk dressing ingredients in bowl and set aside.
  • The following can be done in a food processor or by hand:
  • Chop garlic and parsley until finely chopped. Add chick peas and salt and pulse until coarsely chopped. Transfer to bowl.
  • Add eggs, lemon zest, feta and seasonings. Mix well with whisk or spoon. Add in couscous, mix well.
  • Press couscous mixture into a ¼ cup measuring cup or scooper, smooth top and invert the cake onto a cookie sheet.
  • Heat frying pan with a generous amount of oil. Place cakes flat side down in pan. Take a spatula and press lightly on the cakes (if it sticks, oil the back of the spatula)
  • Cook until crispy on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Add remaining oil as needed.
  • Serve with sauce on the side.

Total cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4-5, makes 10 cakes

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12:49PM PST on Feb 18, 2014

first of all I LOVE CHICK PEAS and secondly, yes, yum.

8:49PM PST on Nov 25, 2013


11:29PM PDT on Oct 4, 2013

That looks and sounds mouth-watering. So healthy and hearty for winter !

10:35PM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Thanks for sharing this

1:58AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Thank you :)

1:26AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Thank you :)

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8:40PM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

This looks good. Choose free-range eggs.

11:21AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

Looks delectable!

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