March 28th, IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!! Ah, I’m 24 years old. Nobody cares once you get past the 21 year mark or maybe that’s just me. I did have a fabulous pre birthday weekend. Friday night I went out to dinner with some friends and they got me vegan cupcakes-how cute. Saturday, I went out to lunch for sushi with my boyfran and the food was super tasty. I always get two avocado rolls and one veggie roll with brown rice. Sunday was spent doing lots of homework and celebrating with my family. They got me the most divine lemon frosted vegan cake. I have never had a better tasting cake. No one in my family had ever tried vegan cake before and they loved it, but they did say that vegan cake is more dense than non vegan. It may be more dense but it was still baked to lemony perfection. All in all, I felt the birthday love and feel super blessed! Now, on to my #meatlessmonday dish. Falafel is already really really good and it’s really really really good made with spinach. The green color is out of this world and so is the taste. I pan fry the falafel in a little bit of olive oil because I prefer the pan fried taste to baked. Pan frying them will also give the falafel a beautiful brown crisp outer layer. In my opinion, the ingredient that takes this dish to another level of yum is green onions. They’re pretty mild in flavor but green onions have a distinct taste. I use 2 cans of chickpeas, 3 cups of spinach and 1 cup of oat flour, so we’re talking super healthy falafel. As always, hummus never fails as the perfect topping but tahini would be equally as awesome.
I processed the falafel until all of the ingredients were fully combined as opposed to a few pulses. However, since I add one cup of oat flour, the falafel sticks together and fries to perfection in the pan.
Look at that green! These falafel look so healthy and fresh. I know you’ll love them as much as I do.
- 3 cups spinach
- 2 cans rinsed and drained chickpeas
- 4-5 tbsp green onions
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 cup oat flour
- Dash of oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste (I used 1 tsp salt)
- 3-4 tbsp olive oil for pan frying ( I used 4)
- Put all of the ingredients except the olive oil for frying into a food processor and pulse until ingredients are completely combined.
- Pour the olive oil into a medium or large frying pan.
- Shape falafel into medium sized patties.
- Fry falafel using medium heat for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
- Top with hummus or tahini.