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My New Obsession - Falafels! Part 1

So with my recent health problems, I had to give up meat late last year as I found myself reacting quite badly to it (hopefully, with some help from a great specialist I'm seeing, this is only temporary). I had to find something new, that I wasn't reacting to, to bulk up my meals. And thus my obsession with falafels was born! I've found that they are incredibly versatile and pair well with so many types of meals & flavours.

We stock two different brands of falafel mixes here at Cornucopia, Orgran Falafel mix which I personally love as there is very little flavour in it so it's more versatile and pairs well with just about anything, and Ceres Organics Falafel mix, which has a very strong flavour to it but is delicious in it's own way.

The other thing I love about the Orgran Falafel mix is you can deep fry it (see picture above), bake it or pan fry it, whereas the Ceres Organics Falafel mix doesn't deep fry or pan fry very well, it's much better baked.

So I've already touched on using Falafel's in homemade Turkish, which you can find here ( Homemade Turkish Beef Iskander), but I'm going to give you another couple of ways to use either of these mixes to make yummy gluten free/dairy free/vegan meals that will be loved by everyone!

Falafel Protein Bowls

I've discovered the fun & joy that is a protein bowl, and while I am limited in what I can add in (currently no high fibre greens like spinach) I decided to have a little bit of fun with falafels. At some point soon I'm going to share my protein bowl recipes with you guys & how to build the best bowls :)

Falafel Bowl

- Grain of choice - I prefer a Quinoa Rice blend, but I was all out, so I just used rice
- Vegetables of choice - I've got shredded lettuce, grated carrot & slice cucumber, with some pan fried mushrooms
- Falafel Mix of choice ( Orgran or Ceres)
- Extra protein - I roasted a can of Ceres Organics Chickpeas with pink Himalayan Rock Salt & Ground Pepper to have as a snack and add some extra protein to my meals
- Toppings of choice, again I've used Barkers Beetroot Chutney (it just pairs so well with falafels!), and Lisa's Hummus

- Mix falafel mix with water & bake in the oven on 180 for 10-15 minutes until golden
- Cook up grain of choice, either using a steamer or good old fashioned water in a pot
- Cook any vegetables you want to add in
- Fill your bowl, starting with vegetables taking up at least half the bowl, then add your grains, roasted chickpeas & falafels, and finish with a couple good sized dollops of sauce.

Tips & Suggestions
- Play around with sauces, Barkers Sweet Chilli Sauce mixed with some Greek Yoghurt gives it a completely different flavour.
- If roasted chickpeas aren't your thing, try using some nuts to get a little bit more protein, both peanut & cashew nuts would work well.

Stay tuned for part 2!


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