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Baked Dill Falafel Nourish Bowl


Plant-based street food options are limited in some places. When out with friends who decide to get some donairs or kebabs I'm at least happy these shops also offer falafels.

Made with nutritious chickpeas, garlic and a handful of greens, these little patties would appear to be healthy alternatives, right?

Not really.

They're usually deep-fried for a long time, saturating them with oil and destroying much of the nutrients.

So it's a suitable once-in-a-while option when other alternatives aren't available... but what to do if you crave some falafels but don't want them fried?

Answer: make your own!

These ones are better on two accounts, in my humble opinion:

One - they are baked, as opposed to fried, with no oil!

Two - they have dill as opposed to cilantro and parsley... and I love dill.

The other great thing is that these are super easy to make.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined.

Step 2: press the mixture into little patties and place on a baking sheet.

Step 3: bake in the oven until golden brown.

Step 4: use falafels to make wraps or to include in your nourish bowl. Yumm-o!

And it's as easy as that.

This recipe makes a lot of falafels so you can save the extras for leftovers the next day, or freeze for when you need a quick meal in the future - just reheat in the oven.

One more note: I like to dip the roasted veggies and baked falafels in the hummus - this is more than enough sauce for me. If you like it saucier, just drizzle on some tahini and squeeze on some fresh lemon juice.

 

Baked Dill Falafel Nourish Bowl

Recipe PDF

▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free

Yield: 12 falafels + 2 nourish bowls Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 35 min Total Time: 45 min

INGREDIENTS: Falafels

1.5 cups (400g) cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)*

1/4 cup (35g) raw sunflower seeds**

1/2 small red onion

2 cloves garlic**

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/2 cup (2g) fresh dill, packed**

1 tsp (5g) ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or sub chili pepper)