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Traditional Tabbouleh Salad
This recipe makes 4 servings


1/2 cup (125 mL) medium bulgur
3 (750 mL) cups chopped, seeded tomatoes
1 cup (250 mL) minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup (50 mL) minced fresh mint   
4 green onions , minced
1/2 cup (125 mL) lemon juice
1/4 cup (50 mL) extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper


Place bulgur in fine sieve; rinse several times with water. Transfer to bowl; cover with 1/2 inch (1 cm) water and let stand for 20 minutes. Drain; squeeze with hands to remove excess water.

In large bowl, combine bulgur, tomatoes, parsley, mint and onions. Whisk together lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper; add to bulgur mixture, tossing to coat. (Make-ahead: Cover and set aside for up to 8 hours.)


Chicken Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Chicken is delicious either hot or cold, so save some for lunch the next day. Wrap the chicken in foil and include a pita and some lettuce and tahini for your child to assemble the falafel at school.

This recipe makes 4 servings


Tahini Sauce:

1/2 cup (125 mL) tahini paste, (pure sesame paste)
1/4 cup  (50 mL) lemon juice
1/4 cup  (50 mL) water
1 clove garlic , minced
2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt

Chicken Falafel:

1 lb (454 g) boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves , minced
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
1 tsp (5 mL) coriander
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper
2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh parsley
4 pocket-style pita breads
2 cups (500 mL) shredded lettuce
1 cup (250 mL) sliced cucumber
1 cup  (250 mL) chopped fresh tomato


Tahini Sauce

In bowl, mix tahini, lemon juice and water. Stir in garlic, parsley and salt. Makes 1 cup (250 mL). Set aside.

Chicken Falafel

Cut chicken crosswise into thin strips. In nonstick skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, cayenne and chicken, stirring often, until chicken is no longer pink inside, about 5 minutes. Stir in parsley.

Cut off top third of each pita; invert and place in bottom third. Fill each with some of the tahini sauce, the chicken, lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes. Drizzle with remaining sauce.


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