Nerds Gotta Eat: Falafel

Fangirls, I made falafel last week, and I’m incredibly proud of myself for doing so. It’s not that it was super labor intensive, or wildly difficult, but it was something that I wanted to make, and I got my s together and made it! It’s a very fulfilling feeling. I don’t know if this falafel will make you feel as strongly as it made me feel, but it’s worth a shot, right?

To make this falafel, you’ll need:
15oz can chick peas
red onion
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3 tbs freshly chopped parsley
1 1/2 tbs chopped garlic
1 tbsp fresh cilantro
1/2 tbsp ground cumin
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 sp baking powder
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1/8 tsp paprika

I also recommend having a food processor; Rob’s parents gave us their old one, and this was the first thing I made with it. It made everything so much easier, and I am so glad that we have it now! If you don’t have a food processor, a blender will do in a pinch. Otherwise, you’re in for a long night of chopping and mashing.

After preheating your over to 375*F, measure your ingredients into your food processor (or blender). Don’t turn it on until everything is in there; you’ll want to be paying attention while you blitz your food. Once it’s all in, turn on your appliance, and watch your food. You don’t want your falafel to become too smooth; there should be some chunk to it. Otherwise, it won’t hold together as well.

Next, spray a cookie sheet down with nonstick spray, and plop some of the mush that you just made onto it. Leave space like you would for cookies; this stuff isn’t expanding a ton, but it’s better to be safe than sorry! Pop it into your preheated over for 10-12 minutes, or until it looks golden on the top. Remove from your oven, let it cool a bit, flip ’em, and put them back into the oven. Put them in for another 10 minutes.

When they come out, you’ll have some beautifully lumpy falafel balls. Falafel is pretty dang healthy, not matter how you slice it, but this stuff is extra healthy, because it’s baked! I ate mine over salad with some watered down hummus as dressing, and in a half piece of naan (I couldn’t find pita at the grocery store). Both ways were tasty, but I think the salad was my favorite.

If you haven’t had falafel before, you really should. It’s delicious, vegetarian, and easier than I thought it’d be to make! So go forth, and make yourself some falafel!











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