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Falafel Sandwiches with Tzatziki

Plant proteins, like chickpeas, can be included in any diet for kidney disease. Worried about potassium? Try soaking and then cooking beans to reduce the amount of potassium in them. Worried about phosphorus? We actually absorb less phosphorus from our plant foods which means the amount of phosphorus you receive from them will be much less than what is listed on a food label. Some research shows that eating a diet that includes more plant foods and plant proteins can be protective of the kidneys, improve blood pressure, and help you stay healthy. Try to include one or two meatless meals in your weekly meal plan.



Ingredients

1/2 recipe Tzatziki Sauce from the DaVita.com recipe

15 ounces canned chickpeas

4 small scallions or 2 large scallions

4 red onion slices

1 large egg

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 pita bread  


Preparation

1. Prepare the Tzatziki Sauce and refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Trim and slice the scallions. Slice the onion.

3. In a food processor, combine chickpeas, scallions, egg, flour, oregano, cumin and salt. Blend and pulse until a course mixture forms that holds together when pressed. The mixture will be moist. Form into 4 patties.

4. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. When hot, add patties. Cook until golden and beginning to crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown and crisp, 2 to 4 minutes more.

5. Warm the pitas and cut each in half.

6. Assemble burgers by carefully splitting pita halves open. Cut a chickpea burger in half and place the two halves inside pita as pictured, topping with tzatziki sauce and red onion slice

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