The falafel is like a middle eastern vegan hamburger. There are many versions, but the one I bring you here today, is the Egyptian version, made with dried, soaked and shelled broad beans.
In Portugal or in the UK, it may be more difficult to find peeled dried beans, but you can find them with the peel and then peel.
Broad beans are extremely nutritious, are a good source of vegetable protein, are rich in soluble fiber, which helps with proper bowel function and can help improve blood cholesterol levels.
Broad beans are also good sources of magnesium and copper. These two minerals can help to strengthen bones. Broad beans also contain folate, an important nutrient, especially for pregnant women, to prevent baby's spina bifida.
1 cup of cooked broad beans (170 g) contains 190 calories, 13 g of protein and 9 g of fiber.
Because they are rich in fiber and protein, they can help with weight loss, as fiber and protein help to regulate appetite, promoting satiety and consequently making you eat less total calories.
Ingredients (makes 24 falafel)
Serve as a starter or side dish with a salad and bread. It is delicious with tahini sauce. Click here to check the recipe.
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Hi, I'm Joana, a Portuguese registered dietitian in the UK. I am passionate about helping others achieving their health goals.