Sometimes I get in a cooking rut where I seem to make the same things every week for dinner. Salmon, asparagus and brown rice, chicken fajitas, some type of soup. Those seem to be the staples and I get sick of them and want something new after awhile. This week so far, I have made a new recipe each night and much to my (and my husband’s) delight, they have been keepers!
Sunday night I made Falafel with tzatziki sauce. I make tzatziki sauce somewhat often as a dip or a sauce for salmon, but I had never made homemade falafel. Just in case these items are new to you, let me tell you a bit about them.
Falafel and tzatziki sauce are mediterranean in origin. Falafel is a mixture of ground chickpeas (garbanzo beans), onion, garlic, cumin, coriander and parsley that is formed into patties and pan-seared or fried. Tzatziki sauce is made from Greek yogurt combined with cucumber, dill and garlic. I love the combination of flavors that you get when you eat the two together.
I served my falafel over a bed of baby spinach and kale, topped with tzatziki and slopped up with Indian Naan bread. For the men at my dinner table, I baked chicken breasts to go along side the falafel and smothered the chicken in tzatziki as well. If you feel like you are in a mealtime rut and want to try something new, I encourage you to sample one of my favorite mediterranean dishes.