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RECIPE: Baked Chickpea Fritters

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Full disclosure: I am NOT a recipe developer. I totally envy all the bloggers and recipe developers who come up with the most creative ideas and make them look like a piece of cake (pun intended – sorry). But, I am a dietitian who loves to cook, and, with loving to cook, has come some knowledge of what works and what doesn’t in the kitchen.

Nearly everything I make reflects my nutrition philosophy and what I try to teach my clients – that healthy eating should taste good and be as easy as possible. We’re all busy, and if something – whether it’s our meals or exercise – is easy and convenient, we’re much more likely to do it. For that reason, none of my recipes have crazy ingredients or complicated steps. They should be simple enough for even the most inexperienced of home chefs. Trust me – if I can make them, you can. I happen to think they usually taste pretty good too (but if you don’t believe me, I promise, my very honest fiancé *almost* always loves my cooking too).

So – now that we’ve cleared all that up, and because so many of you asked on Instagram, the recipe for these chickpea fritters is below!

Chickpea Fritters

Makes: 6 fritters

Serving size: 2 fritters

Ingredients

½ cup whole wheat bread crumbs

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 egg

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

¼ cup grated parmesan

1 teaspoon olive oil + 1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 can (15.5 oz) low sodium chickpeas, rinsed/drained

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Add bread crumbs, garlic, egg, parsley, parmesan, 1 teaspoon olive oil, lemon juice and chickpeas to a food processor and process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.  You should be left with a few whole chickpeas, but a mostly smooth mixture.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium high heat.  Form mixture into 6 fritters.  Cook each side in the pan until browned, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  4. Place fritters on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.

Pair with a salad or roasted veggies for one of the easiest balanced dinners EVER.

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