Deconstructed Falafel Bowls
I love Falafels! Our favorite falafel recipe is a bit time-consuming – all that processing, pressing, and baking – probably not a weeknight meal. So how could we get that delightful falafel flavor for a quick weeknight meal? Deconstruct the falafel. I don’t need to tell you that this recipe was a home run, it wouldn’t be a blog post if it weren’t. Deconstructed Falafel Bowls will undoubtedly make a regular appearance is our menu planning. They were quick, easy, and delicious; so delicious, that I prepared a leftover bowl for lunch the next day! Deconstructed Falafel Bowls FTW (for the win)!!
- Pickled Turnips and Beets see recipe below
- Cooked Rice we use our rice cooker
- Cooked Green Lentils prepare according to package
- Cooked Freekah prepare according to package
- 2 cans chickpeas roughly chop about 1/2 cup of chickpeas
- 1/2 small onion
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1-2 Tbsp fresh parsley minced
- 1-2 Tbsp fresh cilantro minced
- Tahini Sauce recipe below
Prepare grains and rice
Mix chickpeas, onion, garlic, cumin - put into hot skillet and brown
Stir in herbs and continue to brown
Salt and pepper to taste
Build your bowls - grains, rice, falafel mix, pickled veg, drizzle with tahini sauce (Optional: serve with fresh salad greens or steamed greens (we had steamed turnip greens).
- 1 pound of turnips peel and julienne into 1/2 inch wide sticks
- 1 -2 small beets peel, and julienne into 1/2 inch wide sticks
- 1 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup wine vinegar
- 1 tsp kosher salt for pickling liquid; 2 tsp kosher salt for purging
- 3 Tbsp sugar
Place veggies in a large colander, mix with 2 tsp salt and let stand for 1 hour
Transfer vegetables to a container [that will withstand simmering liquid].
Heat remaining ingredients in a saucepan and pour over the veggies.
Let cool and refrigerate for 1 day; good for up to 2 weeks.
You can blend or whisk up this go-to Tahini Sauce!
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1-2 cloves minced garlic
- pinch of salt (optional)
Blend all ingredients.
We prep several cups of rice in our rice cooker and other types of grains for use throughout the week. We had the lentils and freekeh ready to go for this recipe. No matter what way of eating you follow, ingredient prepping (or meal planning) is a fundamental component of stress-free eating and grocery shopping. Stay tuned for a post on menu planning and grocery shopping and the launch of our downloadable menu and grocery planning sheet.