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FALAFELS

You’ve heard about them.

You know they’re an ancient treat.

So, have you ever thought to create them in your very own home?

 

Why do we look the other way when it comes to creating a homemade falafel? Is it too hard? Is it the deep-frying? Well, it’s time! Time to make something you’ve never thought you could create. Follow our easy peasy recipe, with minimal effort and time…


No Hassle Baked Falafel


No Hassel Baked Falafel

 

Traditionally, falafels were made with fava beans and fried to make a delectable crispy coat but today we are mastering the falafel with the goodness of chickpeas. No need to test out those deep-frying skills because turning on your oven might be the hardest step!

To start on your first falafel making experience, pick up the following ingredients:

1 ½ cup Kabuli! Chickpeas*

½ cup onion

½ Tsp salt

3 tbsp olive oil

½ cup packed parsley leaves

¼ cup cilantro

3 garlic cloves

½ Tsp cumin

1 tsp coriander

½ Tsp baking powder

1 tsp lemon juice

For the next step a food processor or blender may come in handy, but it isn’t a must. If you are without those appliances, just grab a fork or a potato masher and use some elbow grease for the alternative. Blend all ingredients together until our Kabuli! Chickpeas are chopped and thoroughly mixed with all ingredients. Next, create small patties from the dough, roughly 2″ wide, and place onto a non-stick baking sheet. Bake these delicious treats for fifteen minutes, at 375° F,  then flip and bake another ten minutes. Let the patties rest for five minutes as you prepare your pita toppings. You’ll know they’re done in the oven when they start to have a beautiful crispy look.

Our test kitchen loves to whip up these oh-so-yummy treats for lunch with toppings from the garden and pitas from our local bakery. Don’t forget to find your favorite tahini dressing from your local grocery store too.   

We hope this easy No Hassle Baked Falafel recipe allows you to enjoy the tradition of this dish in your very own home with our 13 Foods Kabuli! Chickpeas.  

 

 

This sweetly, tangy BBQ Chickpea Pizza contains loads of flavor and, better yet, takes just minutes to put together.

BBQ Chickpea Pizza

 

The 13 Foods test kitchen is beyond excited to share this unique combination: pizza dough, BBQ sauce, and Kabuli! Chickpeas. What’s better than a pizza night filled with your favorite summer flavors? It’s so GOOD!

Homemade dough or store bought, there isn’t a wrong way to make this pizza. Our test kitchen took the easy peasy route: pre-made crust and BBQ sauce. Before prepping the layers, we grabbed a bag of Kabuli! Chickpeas and measured a cup and a half. Following the bag’s instructions, the chickpeas were ready to marinate in a flash. The wonderful thing about this recipe is the prep time can be dependent on your schedule. Marinating the chickpeas in your delicious BBQ sauce can only be a quick stir.


It’s pizza making time!


 

Layer all the delicious toppings, bake and serve. Yes, that’s right!

 

Simply easy peasy!

 

Find BBQ Chickpea Pizza Recipe HERE

 

 

 

Never underestimate the power of the frozen beans!


 

Frozen Beans? Well, if you haven’t heard of about these magical beans, you’re in the right spot!

Years ago, our founder had an innovative idea…Frozen Beans! Yes, that’s right, frozen. He imaged opening his freezer to bags full of ready-to-use lentils, chickpeas, black and red beans with no additives. Just naturally frozen beans, no salt, and no preservatives. After a year of sourcing the perfect beans and testing his cooking process, he was ready for production!

 

Product Bags


 

Fun fact: Black beans, red beans, lentils, and chickpeas are harvested dry! To cook a bean, it must be rehydrated with water and cooked (boiled).

 


Since the first production date, 13 Foods has been delivering the oh-so-tasty beans to your grocer’s freezers. To many people’s surprise, these beans have not only eliminated the labor-intensive cooking process, but also all the additives found in a can.  We have received review after review from our customers praising us about our beans’ flavors and textures. Our founder’s goal was to create good and delicious beans, and thanks for our loyal customers’ comments, we believe we have accomplished his goal.

So, why don’t you be brave next time you’re in the freezer aisle and grab a bag or two. And please don’t worry, we have the perfect recipe for you to make over here {find delicious recipes here}!

 


 

This week we are giving you the inspiration to think outside of the recipe! Do remember the blog post about the tasty Lentil Caprese Salad? {find recipe here}

Good!

Now, find that recipe and grab some crostini’s because we are making an appetizer out of this simple, delicious recipe!

 

Lentil Caprese Salad

 

 

 

 

Happy 4th of July

 


 Whether creating a simple menu or a request for your guests to bring their favorite side dish of the summer, celebrating Independence Day shouldn’t be stressful!  As we all know, it’s often the largest get-together with family and friends of the Summer season.  We often take this day to enjoy the outdoor grill and fireworks with good food and drinks all around.

Tired of showing up to the potluck with the same old side dish, or worse yet, one you picked up at the grocery just minutes before arriving? Let us help you find a new Summer classic to show off to our family and friends this 4th of July!

 The 13 Foods test kitchen voted and selected eight perfect side dishes to bring to this year’s Fourth of July party. Check out this slideshow full of delicious, fresh, and healthy Fourth of July side dishes! Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie & 13 Foods! 

 

 

 

Greek Salad

 

This dish is opposite of neat and tidy. It’s all about the slice and dice: chunky tomatoes and cucumbers as the base. We left that boring lettuce behind for this salad; most authentic Greek salads do not involve it anyway. Elevate your dish with a gorgeous mix of
artisan heirloom tomatoes. 

Today, we are focusing on a simplistic, but oh-so-delicious Greek salad. It involves a knife, cutting board, bowls and the ingredients. Yes, that’s right! No use of the grill, oven, nor stovetop in this meal prep. Easy Peasy, y’all!

Are you ready? Let’s go! Whip out those ingredients from the cooled pantry [refrigerator & freezer] and dry pantry:

 


Salad

1 cup Kabuli! Chickpeas

1 cup Cucumbers

1 cup Cherry tomatoes

½ Red Onion, chopped

½ cup Pitted Kalamata Olives (optional)

½ cup Feta

Dressing

¼ cup Olive Oil

2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar

1 Juice of a Lemon

1 tsp Sugar, to taste

½ tsp Garlic, minced

1 tsp Oregano, dried

1 tsp Parsley, dried

½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Pepper


 

Now, let’s get to chopping those cucumbers, tomatoes, and onion! 

Greek Salad

 

Place them into a bowl for mixing. Measure and pour those Kabuli! Chickpeas into the same bowl. But first, make sure you follow the bag instructions!

Greek Salad

 

How did that go?

Easy?

Good!

Let’s start on the dressing!

Pour and whip the ingredients together in a separate bowl: oil, vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, dried oregano, parsley, salt and pepper. You’re going to add a touch of sweetness to this vinegar dressing. No one wants the vinegar bite in every mouth full of salad they eat!

Greek Salad

 

This is the fun step! Use your creativity…please don’t measure, just sprinkle! A whole lot of sprinkling of feta cheese.

Greek Salad

 

Yummm!

 

Greek Salad

 

Sunshine & Summertime Greek Salad

 

Greek Salad

 

 

 

A summer salad packed with pasta, roasted corn, creamy avocados, nutty Tortuga! Black Beans, and spicy-lime sauce is the perfect twist to your normal Mexican Street Corn recipe.

 

A summer salad packed with pasta, roasted corn, creamy avocados, nutty Tortuga! Black Beans, and spicy-lime sauce is the perfect twist to your normal Mexican Street Corn recipe. There is no need to fire up the grill with this recipe; unless, cooking meat is your forte! Which, might add another flavor to set this dish on fire.

But, if you want to keep things simple like us, follow these simple chopping and tossing steps to create your Mexican Street Pasta Salad in the comfort of your home.

 


 

In our test kitchen, we believe the hardest step is the first step…cooking the noodles. See, this is a simple summer salad. Grab your favorite pasta. Boil your water. Don’t forget to salt that water! Then let them cook. While your letting the pot of water do the work, let’s start making the sauce. Like we said, this salad is simple, so grab a bowl and start measuring. Then, whip it real good! Now, don’t forget about those noodles. Once they’re cooked, drain off the water into the sink and pour your noodles into the bowl. At this point, we like to pour a touch of olive oil and toss with the noodles. This will allow the noodles to not cling onto each other. Now, grab the rest of the ingredients and lets start chopping. Leave those thawed corn kernels off to the side.

 

Mexican Street Pasta Salad

 

Once all the necessary ingredients are chopped, let corn roasting begin! This step is very simple:

  1. Place kernels into medium-high pan.
  2. Pour a teaspoon or two of oil into the pan and toss.
  3. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper…a pinch or two is perfect!
  4. Now, patients are the key…let them roast [stir every 30 seconds].

Are they roasted enough for your liking? Good. Let’s complete that salad. Place all the ingredients into the bowl and toss!

 

Mexican Street Pasta Salad

 

TADA! Your simply, delicious salad is complete.

Don’t waste the room on the grill to make Mexican Street Corn when you can create this delicious salad before the meat is off the grill!

MEXICAN STREET PASTA SALAD [click here for recipe]

 

Mexican Street Pasta Salad

Strawberry Chickpea Salad

 


 

At 13 Foods’ test kitchen, one of our favorite ways to eat Kabuli! Chickpeas is roasting them for delicious snacks and salad toppers. That’s why this week, we are bringing you one of our favorite fresh, garden salads: Sweet & Tangy Summer Garden Salad.

 

Sweet & Tangy Summer Garden Salad

 

Sweet & Tangy Summer Garden Salad

[Find Recipe HERE]

 

The other day we went on a scavenger hunt in 13 Foods Mama’s garden. We were able to collect a few beautiful ingredients for this salad with the help of the local market’s stand and grocery store. With a basket full of goodies and Kabuli! Chickpea ready to roast…we began the simple steps of creating a sweetly, tangy sauce for the last step in this salad creation.

After the chickpeas were placed in the oven, we began the simple steps of creating a sweetly, tangy sauce for the last step in this salad creation.

Once Kabuli! Chickpeas are roasted, sauce is made, and ingredients are chopped, we…

 


Combined all the ingredients!


 

Don’t forget to leave a handful of roasted chickpeas aside as your salad styling and hungry tummy will be happy!

 

 

Pour the sauce in intervals as you toss the ingredients together.

 

 

Grab a few of those roasted chickpeas to sprinkle on top.

 

 

Delicious! An easy, fool-proof summer salad!

 

 

This dish can stand alone as a delicious side dish or with the addition of extra chickpeas or grilled chicken, can make a fantastic lunch or dinner salad. It’s a wonderful way to incorporate all those fruits and vegetables from your summer garden.

 

 

 

Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

 

Last week, we shared with you “The Perfect Summer’s salad” to go with your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ. We are staying on this BBQ themed trend this week! Why?

 


Because it’s BBQ season!


 

 

Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

 

Whether your grilling burgers or preparing a chilled picnic sandwich, this Mediterranean Three Bean Salad is a delicious side pairing to any summer’s meal.

 


It’s been a summer dish classic for years!


 

Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

 

Our Mediterranean Three Bean Salad is so light and flavorful. Made with three tasty beans, celery, red onion, parsley, and rosemary. And best yet, it’s topped with a sweetly, tangy dressing. This recipe will beat those store-bought salads any day, in a matter of minutes!

 

 

For the green beans, our test kitchen uses a frozen variety as they have the perfect crisp and are easy-to-use.

Don’t let your family down with another store-bought salad. Create this flavorful and healthy salad for your next meal, BBQ, potluck, or picnic!

{ Click HERE for Recipe }

 

Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

 

Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

 

 

 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


 

We hope you find time to relax and celebrate this long weekend with friends, family, and most importantly tasty food! Many of us have been counting down the days until this weekend. And, how close are we? That’s right, ONE more day! Memorial Day Weekend gives excitement to all as school sessions are ending and the weather is warmer, which means…

It’s finally Summer time!

Pull out those cutting boards and knifes because summer time means it’s watermelon season!

Have you been on the search for the perfect Memorial Day BBQ salad? Well, we have a simple and refreshing salad for you! This Fresh Mint, Watermelon, and Lentil Salad is the perfect summer salad for any meal! And, the best part? The combination of the sweet watermelon, fresh mint, nutty Pardina! Lentils, salty goat cheese, and sweet balsamic glaze make for an oh-so-tasty flavor!

This salad makes for an easy preparation:

Cut watermelon slices into 1 inch cubes

Finely chop mint leaves

Prepare our delicious Pardina! Lentils

 

Lentil Watermelon Salad

 


Don’t forget to taste test your watermelon slices!


 

To make the salad, simply toss all the ingredients together to combine but hold that yummy balsamic glaze to the side. The 13 Foods test kitchen loves to use a balsamic vinegar from a local oil and vinegar store, but any glaze or regular balsamic vinegar will work great too!

 

Lentil Watermelon Salad

 

Place your salad onto a pretty contrast plate; we used a black textured platter. To finish, top your salad by drizzling your sweet balsamic glaze!

 

Lentil Watermelon Salad

 

That’s it! Summer’s PERFECT salad!

{Click HERE for Recipe}

 

Lentil Watermelon Salad

 

VERY SIMPLE

 

Lentil Watermelon Salad

 

Have a tasty (and safe) Memorial Day Weekend!

 

 

 

 

The great outdoors has slowly begun it’s transition from Spring to Summer. Though in many areas, summer has shown early. Here at 13 Foods, we’ve been patiently awaiting for it’s arrival. So why are we excited for summer? And what does summertime bring? For the farmers, it brings excitement to watch their fields turn from green to gold. We, at 13 Foods, are patiently awaiting for the harvest of our beautiful beans. And for you, we can only guess that summer brings joy to you and your family.

This month we began to transition our cooking from hearty to light, fresh and flavorful. Here at 13 Foods, we decided to place those big hearty dishes aside during these warm months of the year. Why not enjoy all those fresh fruits and vegetables ripening in your local garden? This week we are bringing you a fresh, but oh-so flavorful dish out of our garden and into your kitchen. It’s perfect for a hot, summery day. It can make an appearance during breakfast, lunch or dinner as a main entrée or a simple side dish. In fact, we used this recipe just this week as a side dish at a Graduation Party picnic- what a treat!

Lentil Caprese Salad

 

 

This salad is simple, but filled with beautiful colors of the garden. The grocery list will be small for those who are gardeners at heart. Our scrumptious Pardina! Lentils are the heart of this meal. The basil and tomatoes make the salad pop with color on everyone’s plate. No one will forget that fresh mozzarella- its creamy texture comes alive with every bite! What makes this dish complete? Yes, the tasty balsamic vinegar of your choice. Don’t be afraid to try different flavors from your local Oil & Vinegar shop; the colors will still pop and the flavors can be appropriately paired to your main dish.

 

Lentil Caprese Salad

 

Our test kitchen has given you a step by step guide on how to make this flavorful, summery dish. Don’t be afraid to bring extra color and flavors from different varieties of tomatoes and vinegar!

 

In a bowl, mix olive oil, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Add and toss Pardina! Lentils to the oil mixture.

Add and toss quartered tomatoes, chopped shallot, chopped basil, and cubed mozzarella with lentil mixture. 

Drizzle balsamic vinegar into salad and toss.

Lentil Caprese Salad

 

Top with basil garnish for a beautiful summer salad!

 

Find complete Lentil Caprese Salad Recipe HERE!

 

Lentil Caprese Salad