Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Vegan Spinach Hummus & Falafel Pita Sandwiches

Little falafel balls love being bedded on spinach hummus & warm pita bread.
Remember that unforgotten box of Fantastic World Foods Falafel Mix used for Falafel Pie?
Well, it was still taking up cabinet space.
While dreaming of making my first homemade hummus, I figured pitas would be a perfect bottom and wanted a "meaty" specialty on top of that imagined hummus. In all honesty,  if I had two cans of garbanzo beans, the mix would have stayed put. But we do what we must, right?
I shifted remainder of spinach between adding it to the mix or to the hummus- ultimately deciding on the latter. It turned out impressive and not just that pretty green color- taste is definitely an out of this world yum!
The simple pita recipe is from Fat Free Vegan, but if oil is preferred, add a little olive oil to the dough mixture or brush onto bread sides before putting them on oven rack.
No one has to worry about spinach teeth when eating this deliciously blended envy "green" hummus atop warm homemade pita with lightly crisp falafel. Very, very sinful indeed.
Oh please sure to have many napkins on hand. It may make a pretty picture, but once those hungry hands fold the sandwich, it's on! Ha ha!

Spinach Hummus & Falafel Stuffed Pita Pockets Ingredients & Preparation

Spinach Hummus

1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup unsalted tahini
2 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 1/2 cup spinach

Puree the garbanzo beans in a blender or food processor until smooth and creamy.
Blend in the tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Add spinach a few cups at a time.
Hummus is ready when all is evenly smoothed!

Pita Bread

2 cup flour
3/4 cup + 1-2 tablespoon water
3/4 teaspoon salt

Mix flour, water, and salt.
Knead for 6-7 minutes.
Let dough rest for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Cut the dough into 8 parts.
Ball and flatten into round circles.
Lay two at a time directly onto oven rack.

Falafel (Homemade recipe here)

1 cup Fantastic World Foods Falafel mix
1 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil

Stir mix and water together.
Set aside for 15 minutes to allow absorption. 
Make into 3" balls, brush olive oil onto each side.
Broil for 5-7 minutes, making sure to turn over once.
Pat excess grease and serve.

Oops, made too much lovely lime green spinach hummus!
Falafel set atop hummus & warm pita bread.
Sprinkled with a bit of crushed red pepper & basil.
Ready to be devoured!


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