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Decontructed Falafel Bowl

Today, I am so pleased to share with you, Megan from The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado! Megan’s blog posts are super inventive, always colorful and definitely hilarious. She is so relatable in that she is honest, fun and easy to “listen” to, or read in this case. I feel like if we had a chance to hang out, things would get really awesome. Without further ado, here’s her beautiful recipe!

Deconstructed Falafel Bowl

When Jackie asked me if I wanted to do a guest post on her blog, I was most definitely stoked! I mean come on! Who could turn down a super rad lady like Jackie, the girls got talent, charisma and some serious photography skills. Not to mention she’s pretty darn funny to boot, but you all knew that already now didn’t ya ;) When she asked if I could whip up something healthy for the post, I immediately said “sure! Not a problem!” which was immediately followed by a long “Ahhhhh….hmmmm….nope, I’ve got nothing.” You see, I’m all over the sweets and breakfast department, but when it comes to healthy meals, I have more of a cling to my cookbooks mentality. I’ll either throw together the most random salad you can imagine (what’s this random vegetable in my fridge? Who cares, put it in!), or I’ll pluck a book off my shelf and pick out a tasty sounding recipe. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the most creative in the healthy weekday meal department.

Deconstructed Falafel Bowl

It’s funny, I usually have so many recipe ideas bouncing around my head at any given time, but the second I have to actually pick one, they all pull a Houdini and all that remains is a big puff of smoke in an empty room. I was starting to think my cooking mojo had all but left me, until I was out with Mr. Muggins and he asked the magical words “you wanna get a falafel?”*. Just like that, it came to me, falafel bowl! Which, due to laziness immediately turned into a deconstructed falafel bowl! Who has time to make falafel anyway, amiright?

Deconstructed Falafel Bowl

The first and most important step to making a deconstructed falafel bowl is the deconstructed falafel. I decided to get all fancy on ya and cook some chickpeas from scratch, I know most of you are probably reading this and going, since when is cooking chickpeas fancy? And the answer to that is, since a girl who only ever buys canned chickpeas decided to make them! I can’t believe I never do this, cooked chickpeas obviously take more time, but they’re so easy and way tastier, consider me a convert. If you’re feeling less fancy, you can of course use the canned ones. Once my chickpeas were ready to go, I coated them in all those delicious falafel spices and roasted them in the oven until they were nice and crispy. Oh my, oh my my my, these things were hard to stop snacking on, but try to restrain yourself unless you want a falafel-less bowl.

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Greenslove: Baked Spinach Falafel with Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

I have always been a fan of trying new foods from different cultures and parts of the world, even when I was a child I was not too afraid to dabble in traditional Chinese food, all kinds of Mexican food (I do live in Southern California!), Japanese, Italian and of course Polish food that was fed to me by my grandparents. My palate didn’t really diversify until I was in college and a little after I graduated; I tried Indian food for the first time and immediately fell in love.

But, there was Mediterranean dishes that I had become enamored with, and as a whole, this food appeals to me even more now that I am vegan. With refreshing dishes like tabouleh and cucumber salads, bold use of garlic and onion, many vegetarian options, and of course, hummus, how can you go wrong?

This brings me to the first time that I tried falafel. With its crunchy, albeit fried, exterior; the warm middle, seasoned with cumin and parsley is comforting but not too heavy. Don’t get me started on the tzatziki sauce; even though the first one that I tried was from Daphne’s (a chain restaurant) I could not stop eating it. Ever since I went vegan I’ve been dreaming of recreating my own tzatziki sauce to try out, hoping that it would live up to my aged expectations.

For this recipe, I changed things up a little. I had made baked falafel before, using a recipe from Appetite for Reduction by Isa Moskowitz, so I knew some of the ingredients that would be essential to making these; otherwise I sort of went with it to see what would happen. ;) Because these are baked, and not fried, they are lower in fat but aren’t extra crispy on the outside. Also, I pulsed my falafel mixture a little too much in the processor so it was of a smoother consistency than I desired; make sure not to do that!

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Falafel Wrap from Rutabegorz in Fullerton, CA.

Tried a new item off of their massive menu and really enjoyed it! I got it without the creamy dressing of course, and it was delicious. Their hummus was also very good, you can never go wrong eating at Rutabegorz.

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Baked Falafel!

I brought out my Appetite for Reduction cookbook last night and had a hankering for Mediterranean food! I used the recipe for Baked Falafel with minor changes, and also quartered the recipe so that it would only make one serving. These little suckers turned out so delicious and filling, not to mention they’re really easy to make!

Falafel Sandwich


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