Every weekend I take 3 Simple Actions To Be Real Food Ready for the week ahead. These simple actions allow me to make many different meals. One of these actions is roasting up a whole heap of mixed vegetables – usually potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, red onion, garlic, broccoli, zucchini. This Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Falafel recipe is one of the many ways I use some of the roasted vegetables.
These falafel make a great meal to encourage kids to help themselves to a host of fresh salad ingredients in the middle of the table and a delicious hommus dip. We served ours into a bowl, but you can also have them with wraps too. If you’re looking for great gluten free wraps, I order mine from The Wholefood Collective.
- 1 small sized red onion
- 1 large clove garlic
- thumb nail sized piece of ginger
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley
- 150g dried chickpeas*
- 1 and 1/2 cups roast mixed vegetables
- 1 and 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 tblspn lemon juice
- 1 tblspn ground coriander
- 1 tblspn ground cumin
- 1 tspn herbamare salt (or good quality salt)
- pepper to taste
- 3 tblspns gluten free flour
- Olive or coconut oil for frying
* you can substitute with 400g of chickpeas but the mixture will be a bit mushier
- Soak and cook chickpeas as per instructions on pack (I soak overnight, drain then rinse, then cover with water bring to boil and simmer for about 2 hours)
- Place onion, garlic, ginger and parsley into food processor. Blitz til chopped finely
- Add rest of the ingredients and pulse until a thick paste
- Pop paste mixture into fridge 30 mins, preferably 1 hour
- Pour enough of your oil of choice to the frying pan so there is enough to cover the base of the pan and come up half way on your falafels
- Heat oil over medium heat until its hot not boiling
- Take a spoonful of the mixture and form a ball – I use an ice cream scoop so I get consistency in the size of the falafels or you could use 2 soup spoons – one to scoop out and the other over the top of the mixture
- Add the ball to the hot oil and cook one side for 3 minutes, turn and cook the other side for 3 minutes – if it looks like the falafel first side is too cooked (ie. burnt), turn the heat down to low
- Drain falafel on paper towel, serve and gobble them up!
Another 2 Ways
- Throw these puppies in a lunchbox as a finger food with some hommus to dip into
- Make the falafel larger size like a hamburger pattie to make an awesome vegetarian hamburger
Just a reminder, you don’t need to be a master chef, or have a big spotless kitchen to make awesome nutritious meals or snacks for your family.
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