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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Meal bowls have taken the world by a storm, i.e. smoothie bowls, buddha bowls, protein bowls, rice bowls.

They all have different names, but one thing in common…

PROTEIN

We’ve all seen them in magazines and social media with their beautifully, bright colors catching your eye. The best thing about them, in my opinion, is that they are simply effortless. Do you have extra meat from last night’s dinner or toppings from yesterday’s salad? Perfect. These meal extras make the perfect toppings for a delicious protein bowl!

 

 

We have created two versions of a protein bowl that are simply, delicious: Southwest Protein Bowl and Tex-Mex Protein Bowl. These are the perfect recipes to get you ready for Cinco de Mayo with all the power packed nutrition to keep your night going strong with friends and margaritas.

 

Southwest Protein Bowl

 

This nutrition filled bowl uses simple whole foods to complete your meal’s nutrition. The brown rice starch layer give substance to this bowl full of protein and vegetables. As for the toppings, they are simple: extra cooked chicken meat, 13 Foods Tortuga! Black Beans, prepped frozen corn, red onion (sautéed or not), diced tomatoes, Pico de Gallo (homemade or store-bought), and lastly, our delicious Spicy Toasted Chickpeas. Drizzle your favorite dressing, we used an avocado cilantro ranch dressing, to top the bowl. Sprinkle cheese and cilantro to your liking and fresh juice from a lime. These classic whole-foods’ flavors have a pop of Southwest in every bite. 

Click here for Southwest Protein Bowl recipe

 

Tex-Mex Protein Bowl

 

BBQ sauce, pulled pork, and beans stuffed into one bowl. This recipe can be yours to play with. What do we mean by this? The recipe isn’t tailored to a specific sauce, use your favorite. Some of our favorites are from Texas! Get it? Beans and meat with Texas BBQ sauce…yes, that right, we’re calling this bowl our Tex-Mex Protein Bowl. Once you’ve found your pulled pork and BBQ sauce, your set to make this bowl. Whip out those frozen beans from your freezer and rice from the cooker because it’s layering time! This protein bowl has a base of regular white rice, but if you want to use quinoa or brown rice instead? Go for it! Layer the rice on the bottom of the bowl as this is your meal’s starch. Then, layer the delicious toppings: 13 Foods Tortuga! Black beans and Rojo! Red Beans, pulled pork, diced sweet peppers, pico de gallo (homemade or store-bought), and lastly, chili peppers. Yumm, how can you not dive right in? But, don’t forget your favorite BBQ sauce, cheese of choice, cilantro, and fresh juice from a lime. This bowl full of goodness will take you from your lunch break to your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant!

Click here for Tex-Mex Protein Bowl recipe

 

These bowls are simply, easy to prepare and great for meal planning.

Begin enjoying these recipes today. You won’t regret it!

 

 

 

 

The Mediterranean Diet

Why does this sounds so familiar? Oh, that’s right! It’s one of the trendiest health diets of 2017. If this is your first-time hearing about
The Mediterranean Diet plan, we encourage you do some of your own light research.

Here is a quick summary:

The Mediterranean diet is inspired by communities surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. The people who live in these communities adapted a holistic approach to their wellness and in turn their foods, physical activity, and stress management has become a foundational piece of their culture. The Mediterranean Diet consist of whole, fiber enriched, omega-3 fatty acids foods – legumes (i.e. chickpeas, lentils, nuts), vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, and olive oil. Researchers often reference this diet plan as the “heart-healthy” plan due to the balanced nutrition that one is feeding their body.

So, why don’t we gather a few ingredients from this list to create a nutritional, tasty meal: 13 Foods Pardina! Lentils, Salmon, & Olive Oil.

These ingredients are the perfect pairing for The Mediterranean Diet

This tangy-mustard sauce gives the salmon a burst of lemon flavor, while our Pardina! Lentils add a unique nutty flavor to the dish. Our recipe has all of the right flavors to create a light, spring inspired dish. And the best part? It only takes 15-20 minutes!

A quick tip from our test kitchen: Elevate the flavor profile by cooking the Salmon on your home smoker.
Your family and friends are sure to be impressed. It’s a delicious and fulfilling meal created in a matter of minutes. 

As the Greeks would say, Polí Nóstimos!, Very Tasty!

Find the our TANGY LENTILS WITH BAKED SALMON recipe HERE

Another quick tip for an easy prepped meal: Purchase fresh frozen products as no slicing or dicing will be involved! And of course, our
13 Foods Pardina! Lentils are already in the freezer isle so be on the lookout for this beautiful bag!

 

 

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