Beet and Black Bean Falafel with Basil Feta Tzatziki


Party food rocks!  There is just no getting around it.  Who doesn’t love bite-sized snacks arranged on festive platters with sauces and dips to jazz up the spread?  The problem is, most of the time, party food is really bad for you.

In light of the upcoming Super Bowl weekend, I wanted to create a fun-to-eat party treat that is packed with nutrients as well as flavor.  Check out this recipe and get inspired to encourage healthy eating at your big sports event get-together!

Black Bean and Beet Falafel
with Basil Feta Tzatziki



1 Beet
1/2 Onion
2 cloves Garlic
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Salt and Pepper
1 can Black Beans(drained and rinsed)
1 cup cooked Quinoa
2/3 (or more) cup Plain Breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 tsp Ginger
1 Egg


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Peel and cut the beet, onion and garlic into big chunks.  Place in a food processor and add the lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Process until mostly ground.

Add the black beans and process until blended.  Transfer to a mixing bowl.

Add the quinoa, 1/3 cup breadcrumbs, spices and egg.  Stir until blended well.

Pour the remaining 1/3 cup (or more) of breadcrumbs onto a plate and spread.

Heat a flat skillet or pan over medium low heat and spray with oil or butter.

Form the beet and bean mixture into small balls and roll around in the breadcrumbs to form a light crust.  Sear on several sides in the pan (about 4-6 minutes on each side).

Transfer to a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 30 minutes.

Serve warm with the Basil Feta Tzatziki.  Recipe below.

Basil Feta Tzatziki

Handful of Fresh Basil
2 cloves Garlic
3 slices Cucumber
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1/2 cup Feta Cheese
1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a food processor, blend the first five ingredients.  Transfer to a decorative bowl and add in the yogurt.  Add a dash of salt and pepper and stir until blended.  Serve immediately.  Or if making ahead, store in an airtight container until ready to serve.


This recipe is very simple to make!  There is no chopping because you just process everything.  All the flavors involved blend wonderfully together.

If you noticed the pottery I’m serving my falafel on, it is local!  Check out Midnite Pottery here for more information and other great pieces:

Happy Super Bowl weekend, friends!  Celebrate sports, life and people over some delicious party food in your home! And follow me on Instagram at @thefiligreefig!!


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