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.  

 

 

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! 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Hummus Chicken Bake

 

Many of us have joined the trend to eat healthy snacks. Hummus is on this list among many others. It ranks high on our list because of its simplicity and versatility. That’s why this dish is a favorite from our test kitchen and hopefully your family’s too. Many of us love to keep some on hand for easy access during our traditionally hectic week.  

Kick up your weekly routine with 13 Foods frozen Kabuli! Chickpeas!

We take pride in our Kabuli! Chickpeas; delicious in so many forms while keeping your life simplistic and healthy. How are they simplistic? It’s simple!

Step One: Take the bag out your freezer

Step Two: Determine how much you need

Step Three: Pour {prepare according to cooking instructions on bag}

Step Four: Zip-close the bag

Step Five: Place back in freezer

 

Pouring Chickpeas

And yes, they’re deliciously, healthy as each individual bean keeps all its nutrition instead of seeping out into a liquid substance.  

Creating homemade hummus from delectable Kabuli! Chickpeas will only take you minutes. And better yet, the versatility of it will go beyond a delicious snack! Have you ever thought to use hummus as an ingredient to a healthy entrée? Maybe you have or maybe you haven’t; either way, we created a five-ingredient recipe for you to use!

This week we present to you…

Tenderly Love Hummus Chicken

A simple chicken breast gets topped with hummus to create a moist and tender entrée for a weeknight’s dinner.

Better yet this recipe only takes 30 minutes top to prepare and bake. Follow these simple steps….

First, make sure you have “Spread the Love” Hummus {click here for recipe}.

 

Hummus Dip

 

Second, slightly pound the chicken tenderloin to create tenderness.

Next, salt and pepper both sides of each chicken piece. Don’t forget to turn on the oven before your hands get a little messy!

 

Hummus Chicken Bake Prep

 

This next step is where “Spread the Love” Hummus comes to play. Dip both sides of the chicken in a bowl full of the hummus.

 

Hummus Chicken Bake Prep

 

Then simply place on a lined baking sheet.

 

Hummus Chicken Bake Prep

 

Sprinkle a couple of pinches of paprika on each chicken. Place them into the oven for 20 minutes or until fully cooked.

 

Hummus Chicken Bake Prep

 

Once cooked, let them sit for five minutes.

This perfect pair is best served with vegetables to create a nutritious meal!

Find Tenderly Love Hummus Chicken recipe HERE!

Keep in mind that after dipping your raw chicken in the homemade hummus, you SHOULD NOT consume any remainder hummus from your bowl. Please discard the access hummus!

 

Hummus Chicken Bake

 

 

 

 

This simply amazing black bean dip only takes a short couple minutes to create.

 


 

Whose’s celebrating this weekend’s main event?

 

Cinco de Mayo

 

We all know that Margaritas are a must today, but finding the perfect appetizers can be daunting. We are sharing with you three of our favorite recipes that have the perfect Cinco de Mayo party flair! These ideas aren’t grand, but they are simply delicious and basic enough for anyone to whip up.

 

 

And remember, Cinco de Mayo is about having fun, so when your friends arrive, have the Margaritas ready and take a few minutes and mix up these recipes together. The only thing more fun than eating with friends is cooking with them!  

 

THREE WAYS TO CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO, from our Test Kitchen to Yours:

 

Unbeatable Black Bean Dip

 

 

This simply amazing black bean dip only takes a short couple minutes to create. Simply place all the ingredients into the blender or food processor at once; within a couple minutes, you’ll be pouring this yummy dip into your favorite bowl! We like to top our dip with feta or cotjia cheese to spruce it up. Enjoy this dip with your favorite crispy corn chips.

 

Link to Unbeatable Black Bean Dip

 

Rebecca’s Scoop It All Up Bean Caviar

 

 

This tasty “Texas” caviar is inspired by the calm yet tasty flavors sourced from the Southwest. You’ll wow the crowd with this appetizer. Create this easy peasy prep, stir, and serve dip with your friends and family! 

 

Link to Rebecca’s Scoop It All Up Bean Caviar

 

Anna’s Arriba’s Black Bean Street Tacos

 

 

Say Hola! to a meatless twist on a Mexican classic. It’s a dish loved by vegetarian and meat lovers alike. Our tasty black beans are loaded with protein and a great substitute for any meat. Anna has suggested some of her favorite toppings, but hey, it’s okay to go a little crazy and add your own. We won’t tell. 

 

Link to Anna’s Arriba Black Bean Street Tacos

 

 

 

 

 

 

The team here at 13 Foods is chomping at the bit to move some of our indoor cooking to the great outdoors. What better time than this weekend to spring clean those grill grates and get the flames to fly?

Many of you have family and friends gathering this holiday weekend. We can’t think of anything better than pushing everyone to spend a little more time outdoors as you grill or smoke a delicious burger.

 

 

This week we are giving you a flavor-filled burger that will delight all of your guest’s taste buds! It will be memorable because its a 13 Foods original.

 

 

Tasty Black Bean Burgers

 

Yumm, these burgers are wonderful for an easy prep before the weekend. Simply mash all of these
ingredients together to form beautiful Spring colored patties.

Our insider secret: use different size biscuit cutters to form perfectly sized patties for your buns!

Place the patties in the freezer and prep work is complete. But, the best thing about these
burgers is not the simple prep work or cooking….

 

 

It’s the tasty flavor!

 

 

This meatless burger will surprise every taste bud as there will be no questions… “Where’s the beef?”

 

 Link to Tasty Black Bean Burger recipe!

 

 

What’s more comforting on a cold, spring, rainy day? A spiced cupcake, of course. This light and fluffy Chickpea Spiced Cupcake recipe with bring back all those cozy feelings from childhood.

 

Go ahead, relax a bit. Pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and indulge into a classic movie with one sweet bite at a time.

 

 

The best part to any relaxing day on the couch is never the movie, drink, nor blanket. It’s the sweet,tasty treat you decide to indulge during your relaxation time. So why don’t you indulge with a bit of nutrition? The guilt won’t arise as the nutrition in these cupcakes will set you at ease.

 

No one will nor should shame you for this relaxing moment as you deserve it a time or two.

 

Link to Chickpea Spiced Cupcake Recipe

 

Ready to go fancy?

 

Garnish the cupcakes with Cinnamon Toasted Chickpeas! These will add an extra dimension and flavor to every bite.

 

 

Link to Cinnamon Toasted Chickpeas Recipe