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NewsChannel5's Rebecca Schleicher Makes Recipe Using Foods From Her Pantry & Fridge

Posted at 12:35 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 13:35:31-04

NewsChannel5 Traffic Anchor and foodie Rebecca Schleicher made a Falafel Bowl using items she had in her pantry and fridge. Follow @rebeccaschleicher_nc5 on Instagram for more of her recipes and cooking moments.



2 15-oz can chickpeas

1/4 red onion

1 handful each fresh parsley and cilantro

4 garlic cloves

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cayenne

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup flour (or less)

Cooking oil (I like avocado oil because it has a high burn point, but any will do!)


1. Rinse and drain chickpeas in a colander. Add them to a food processor, along with red onion, parsley, cilantro, salt, cayenne, garlic and cumin. Process the mixture until it forms a paste.

2. Place mixture into a bowl and stir in baking powder. Slowly add flour, a few Tbsp at a time until the mixture can be formed into patties without losing their shape. You may not need to use all the flour.

3. Form the dough into 1-in balls, and then flatten a bit into thick patties. Heat oil in a skillet until it is hot but not smoking. Cook the patties 3-4 mins each side or until they are golden brown. Serve in a pita pocket or as a bowl with optional ingredients of rice or couscous, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, chopped cucumbers, chopped onions, hummus, tahini or tzatziki sauce.