Today's Meatless Monday food is heart of palm.
There's only one problem with me doing a post about heart of palm..........
I have NO idea what it is! I was reading all about it, and I still have no idea what it is and I don't think I've ever seen it in any of our grocery stores either!
But thanks to google images I can say that when they are sliced they look pretty similar to Water Chestnuts! So a recipe with water chestnuts is what you get instead this week ;-)
It seems that most people instantly think of stir-fry or spring rolls when you say 'water chestnut', and I must admit that to date I have only ever used them in a stir-fry, but I wanted to try something a little bit different this time.
Water Chestnut Falafels1 packet falafel mix
1 small tin water chestnuts
2 Tablespoon tamari
Drain the water chestnuts and chop into very fine pieces.
Prepare the falafel mix as per packet directions and include the soy sauce in the mix.
Roll into balls and bake at 180C for 15 minutes.
I love this packet of falafel mix because it is very basic - just contains chickpeas, faba beans, spices & baking soda - no added nasties. It's also very easy to make. Just add water :-)
A tip for baking falafels instead of frying - don't have them in the oven for too long. They dry out really easily.
And for those of you who know where to find "heart of palm" - I 'think' they would work in this recipe too!!!!!
I loved the flavour of these, slightly exotic but very tasty. The texture was great too - having something a bit crunchy in the middle of each bite!