Friday, June 20, 2008

Black bean gyros

I've definitely shifted the way I shop due to the ridiculous price of gas (I've been paying $4.75 a gallon and it is over $70 to fill my car!). I'm much more likely to try to make something out of what I have than run to the store for a specific item. So last night I had stuff to make a salad (baby spinach, fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes and basil) and tried to come up with something to go with it. In the food processor I put:
half an onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup chickpea flour
salt and cayenne

I dropped this by the spoonful into a frying pan sprayed with oil and flattened them out as thin as possible. I browned them on both sides and very carefully removed them from the pan. We had them on gluten free brown rice tortillas from Trader Joe's, sprinkled with Greek seasoning, fat free plain yogurt and fresh mint. So we decided they were now gyros.

Because I didn't really plan ahead in terms of how we would eat these I didn't season it any particular way. Next time I'll add the Greek seasoning to the mix and instead of plain yogurt make a tzatziki sauce. But they were good and met my two goals for the evening - gluten free and driving free.


sam said...

This looks really good. I am still pining for a TJs in our area - they really have a nice variety of GF foods. Though the last time I was in the Seattle area I had to go to two stores because the first was out of rice cakes and GF granola. We are getting a new natural foods store this fall, so that might help.
Nice to see you blogging again!

Guinnah said...

I feel guilty sometimes - we 5 Trader Joe's within 15 minutes of my house - we are spoiled by the variety of stores around here. :-)

Anonymous said...

Happy to see you back to blogging. I always loved your creative creations.