Thursday, August 25, 2011

Chickpea Burgers

I was nervous about starting the Ripped in 30 meal plan because the calorie allowance was pretty low, but I soon realized that Jillian Michaels didn't let me down on great tasting meals, just like those in her cookbook! These remind me so much of falafel but without the added fat and calories from frying.
Adapted from a recipe by Jillian Michaels from the Ripped in 30 meal plan.

Total time: 15 minutes

2 T extra virgin olive oil, for cooking
1 15 oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 egg
2 T whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c lowfat plain yogurt
2 T tahini (sesame paste, found in the Mediterranean section of the ethnic aisle)
1 T lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt

4 whole wheat tortillas or 2 pitas, cut into 2 circles each

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the rest of the burger ingredients into a food processor. Process until the mixture comes together and holds its shape when pressed into a patty. Form into 4 patties and add to the hot skillet. Cook until brown on each side, about 5 minutes.

While the burgers are cooking, mix sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.

Serve the burgers in the tortillas or pitas, topped with 1/4 of the yogurt sauce.

Approximate nutritional info (as given in the original recipe)
339 calories per serving, 16g fat (3g saturated), 53g carbohydrate, 742mg sodium, 9g fiber, 15g protein

It would be great with traditional tzatziki sauce, too

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