Falafels: great family food.

I’ve recently got really into beans and pulses. We’ve always eaten a lot of hummus in our house and added beans to casseroles, but  since choosing to cut down on our meat consumption bean mania has hit us. So with some friends popping by with their little ones for lunch I needed a quick, easy to make, healthy and tasty lunchtime nibble. A flick around Pinterest inspired me to try falafels.

I find dried beans are 1. Cheaper   2. Tastier   3. Make me feel like I’m healthier 😉  so I often have something soaking ready for use the next day. Although you do have to soak a lot of the dried versions on beans if you are planning your meals in advance anyway then it just helps you get yourself organised. The main key to healthy eating is planning.

I tipped a pile of soaked and cooked chick peas in the food processor with 1 small onion, 2 garlic cloves, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp paprika. After a quick whizz I added some fresh herbs and it was ready to shape into balls and cook. I used 1tbsp rapeseed oil in a non stick pan to lightly brown them. They were REALLY good. Loved by my 1 year old and her friend, plus enjoyed by the mummies. Even my husband enjoyed them later than evening.

Wheat Free Falafel

Wheat Free Falafel

 

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5 Responses to “Falafels: great family food.”

  1. 18 March, 2012 at 23:13 #

    I can’t wait to try making “real” falafel. I’ve always cheated with the mix!

    • 19 March, 2012 at 07:52 #

      Enjoy 🙂 I can’t wait to experiment with different types of beans and herbs.

  2. 25 September, 2012 at 15:20 #

    Thanks for sharing-these sound delicious & I love how easy they are! I’ve never tried making them at home, but I will be now!

  3. 6 January, 2013 at 12:03 #

    Mmmm LOVE falafel (I had them for my Wedding Breakfast!!)

    So quick & easy to make, although i am lazy & always used tinned – will have try dried again….

    • 6 January, 2013 at 16:28 #

      Wow what a lovely food memory 🙂 Tinned is also fine…. I think I may go soak some beans myself and make some!
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