Lentil Falafel and Tabbouleh – Meatless Monday

I have been wanting to retry making falafel since a really bad attempt at a slimming world or weight watchers recipe was dry like cardboard. I also have been wanting to add more lentils in my life and I thought why not! Then I added in extra veggies because you can’t have too many right? This paired with the tabbouleh and of course some hummus was a really nice and light meal to have at work.

For the falafel:

  • 1 cup dry red lentils
  • 1/2 stock cube
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour (other flour will do)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

For the tabbouleh:

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 stock cube
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/5 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp oregano

Everything else:

  • hummus of your choice
  • tinned chickpeas

To make the tabbouleh you put the stock cube, garlic, quinoa and water into a pan and let it simmer until the water has been absorbed. Remove the garlic and allow the quinoa to cool. Grate the carrot, remove the skin on the cucumber and dice finely, chop up the pepper as small as you like. Once the quinoa is cool mix in the salad veggies and the oregano and lemon juice.

Now for the falafel first of all pre heat the oven to 160c. You place the lentils and stock cube into a pan and just cover with water, let simmer until the water has been absorbed. Now place a colander with a piece of kitchen roll inside and tip the lentils in to drain any excess water. Grate the carrot and crush the garlic clove and place into a bowl. Smoosh yes smoosh the lentils till they have crushed slightly and mix in the carrot and garlic, then add the peas. Once you have a relatively even distrubution add in the spices and the flour – mix well.

Lentil falafel and tabbouleh

Now shape your patties and lay them onto a baking tray and bake for 7 minutes one side then turn and cook for 7 minutes on the other side. I used 1/4 tin of chickpeas per serving of this meal so I peeled each chickpea and layered it on top of the tabbouleh then the hummus on top of that!

Do you eat falafel? Have you thought of making some at home before? If you do let me know how you get on!

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