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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Greek Eats

Hey guys!  I want to introduce an awesome blogger, Jacqueline. Her food is healthy without compromising flavor.  It's pretty "fancy" food but not intimidating...if that makes sense.  You could serve this, people would think you're an awesome culinary genius, and you didn't spend all day slaving in the kitchen.  She also gets extra points in my book for making a Greek inspired dish. 

Do yourself a favor and follow her on Bloglovin' here.


Well hello all! My name is Jacqueline and I blog over at The Legal Shrimp. I am a twenty-something attorney based out of New York, with a knack for turning fattening dishes into figure-friendly meals. I absolutely love to cook and as of the beginning of 2013 I have cut out meat and most animal products from my weekday menu, which forces me to get creative. I consider myself a weekday pescatarian - and so the name "The Legal Shrimp" was coined (it also has to do with my small shrimp-like stature). I do eat some meat on the weekends and it really allows me to feel that I can cheat when I need to while staying healthy for a large portion of the week. I really believe in balance and I never ever want to feel deprived. The second I feel deprived, I binge out on carbs and candy. I have also acquired a passion for running this year and completed my first Half Marathon just two months ago. That was a great experience and really tested my physical limits. I try to stay pretty active and incorporate cardio, toning and yoga into my weekly work out regimen. My blog is devoted mostly to food and living a healthy life, with a few other fun posts devoted to fashion, beauty, and vintage décor. When asked by Emily to do a guest post on her site, I was so honored! I have been following her for a few months and I absolutely find her posts about her favorite things and about running so inspiring!

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Now on to the food. . . I love Love LOVE to make fattening food healthy. I love to trick my senses into thinking I'm devouring a decadent, calorie loaded meal, when in reality, I'm eating a nutrient rich and low-fat dish. One of my weekly posts is devoted to Fake-Out Take-Out. I love loading on the seasoning so your palate is never bored. I have an affinity towards foods from all regions of the world too. This week I made a really healthy version of Falafel that involves pan searing the chickpea rounds in oil spray and then baking them. This cuts out SO much fat because these are traditionally deep fried. I also made sure to stuff them into a whole wheat pita with organic hummus and my deliciously healthy Greek Salad and Tahini sauce.

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Ingredients
1 can of chickpeas
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
1/4 onion finely chopped
1 tbsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp cilantro
salt and pepper
2 tbsp + 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
Pam spray

Directions: preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Next add all ingredients except the flour into a food processor and blend until smooth. Then, in a bowl, mix in the 2 tbsp of flour. With the remaining 1/4 cup of flour, make a pile on the side of your work space and roll the chickpea mixture in 1-2 inch discs. I didn't make them into round balls because I wasn't deep frying them. This makes about 12 discs. Dredge them lightly in the flour. Heat a skillet on the stove on medium high heat. Spray it with Pam and add the felafel disks in the heated pan. Cook for approximately 7 minutes on each side, being careful to not burn them. Spray with more Pam if needed. Next put these onto a sheet pan and place in the oven and cook for another 20 minutes so that the insides cook fully. This is best served inside whole wheat pitas with Greek Salad and hummus or tahini- Hope you enjoy this!
Nutrition Facts: Makes 4 servings: 240 Calories 3.1g Fat 11g Protein
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8 comments :

  1. That looks so good! I love Greek food and making it healthier is a bonus!

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  2. First off YUM!! and Second I love this recipe because it is simple. Lets just say I need simple when it comes to recipes. haha I'm no Betty Crocker

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  3. Looks delicious! Following her x

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  4. I love her already! This looks so good and I love how she made it healthier!

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  5. YUM! Love the healthy twist on this!

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  6. Just wanted you to know that I love your blog and am always inspired by you. I just started running (again) and am realizing how similar we are since we both own big, mean (hahah) pitties!

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