One of the best things about starting our blog are the friends that we’ve made along the way… the kindred spirits who share the same passion for cooking and posting fresh, healthy food as we do. They’re the types of friends that, while in town visiting, don’t mind being asked to hold up a light diffuser for the perfect shot and will gladly accept their roles as hand models for your sponsored picnic.
Today is a special day for our friends Sonja and Alex of the blog (and podcast) A Couple Cooks – their book Pretty Simple Cooking is out! To celebrate, we made these Falafel Burgers which were absolutely delicious and really pretty simple to make.
What I like about this recipe (and really all of the recipes in this book) is that the ingredients are so easy to find. Usually falafel recipes call for chickpea flour, but it’s not necessary in these falafel burgers which are made with canned chickpeas, whole wheat flour, carrots, onions, sesame seeds, cilantro, and a slew of spices. The mixture gets pulsed together in a food processor, the burgers get a quick sear and then they finish baking in the oven. I’m finishing the last burger for lunch as I type this – this is a great recipe if you want leftovers! Oh, and don’t skip the yogurt dill sauce, it’s so delicious!
These days, “simple” cooking often means “fast! easy!” or “10 minutes or less!” Pretty Simple Cooking instead says that simple cooking should be about thoughtfulness and love for food, the process of cooking it, and the people around you. This book is for anyone who feels intimidated to step into the kitchen, because Sonja has such encouraging lessons about life, love, and food. It’s also for food lovers of any level looking for creative recipes to up their veggie game.
The next recipes on my list to try are their Eggplant Parmesan Casserole, Red & Green Enchiladas, and Veggie Supreme Paella!
We’re also giving away a copy of the book! To enter:
Leave a comment telling me about a pretty simple recipe that you love to make! The giveaway will end Monday Feb 12th at midnight CDT. The winner must have a U.S. or Canadian address.