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Thursday, August 9, 2012

"Single Girl on the Go" Recipe of the Week

Zucchini Patty Pita Sandwiches

Today, I was craving one of my favorite drunk eats from back in Washington, D.C. During my college days. For my collegiate friends reading, no, its not Jumbo Slice, although I also miss that. I'm talking about infamous and delicious Amsterdam Falafel Shop. This amazing joint is located in Adams Morgan, beside some of the world's greatest bars. It's open until 4am and has a buffet of options of crap to pile on your drunk falafel sandwich. They also have really delicious, fresh fries served with mayonnaise. While this sophisticated meal was once a weekly treat, I now live in Phoenix-- a world of chain restaurants and all American dining. It is seriously the least diverse place I've ever been in terms of food, which I hate.

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Today, I decided to recreate my favorite falafel sandwich, just a little healthier and super quick to throw together. Of course, the recipe makes 8 servings so you can keep it for tomorrow, or freeze it for a long while later. One serving is only 250 calories, including sauce and pita. 

Enjoy my recreation of a D.C. classic with my Zucchini Patty Pita Sandwiches.


You need:
  • 1 16-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  •  3/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 1 egg, lightly whisked
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 whole-wheat pitas, toasted
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 8 leaves tender lettuce
  • 1 cup fresh mint leavess
Mash chickpeas in a bowl until smooth. This is the biggest challenge since chickpeas are shockingly tough to mash. I used my bare hands to mash them up and this seemed to work a lot better than a fork or a potato masher. 
Next, stir in breadcrumbs, zucchini, egg, and a pinch of salt. Form into eight 4-by-1/2-inch patties. Do not make them too thin, because they will fall apart. Do not make them too thick, because they will not cook through and through. I suggest using that part of your finger they say it about an inch-- yeah, use half of that to figure it out. Saute patties in oil until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Now comes the fun part. Halve pitas and stuff with patties yogurt, lettuce, and mint. You can also use 100 calorie whole wheat tortillas as well. Once you put the basics in, I suggest spicing it up with a bit of you own combinations. To mine, I add diced cucumber, Sriracha sauce (The sauce of the Gods) and a bit of homemade peanut sauce (tiny bit of Flavia, soy sauce and a scoop of peanut butter cooked down for about 3 minutes until creamy). This creates a crunchy, delicious and spicy combo without adding tons of sugar or calories to your meal.

Do you have any classic recipes you've changed to make a "Single Girl on the Go" recipe? Let me know-- I'd love to feature YOUR recipes next week.

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