Lauren’s Kitchen: Herbed Falafel

Falafel recipe

I have been preparing family meals since I was ten years old, and I have to admit, it has taken me a full 45 years to try my hand at falafels. Now there is no turning back because these are just incredible and the family is hooked. I was pleasantly surprised to find they were much simpler to prepare than expected. It’s not often I can cite Bon Appetite for a whole food plant-based recipe but here you go, in their October issue, Fresh Herb Falafel.

Here is the ingredient list:

8 ounces dried chickpeas, soaked overnight, drained
½ onion, coarsely chopped
1 jalapeño, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons chickpea flour
2½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
½ teaspoon ground cumin
Oil for frying

You will see in the instructions that this recipe calls for deep frying which just isn’t a method I can endorse. I can, however, tell you that cooking the falafel balls in a small amount of olive oil in a non stick pan works quite well. Additionally the balls can be flattened into small patties and baked for 30-40 mins, flipping each patty after 15-20 minutes.

Full instructions can be found here.

I can also highly recommend this Spiced Green Tahini Sauce that is mentioned in the same article. We enjoyed the leftover sauce leftovers on roasted potatoes the following day.

While I opted to serve ours on their own with a large kale salad, you may want to test out this gluten and dairy free pita recipe. Although baked goods are not considered whole foods, when following an 80/20 plant based diet (80% whole food plant based & 20% processed foods) it certainly qualifies as part of your twenty percent.

homemade pita bread

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