In an effort to include more vegetarian dinners in our house we have developed the policy of always having a vegetarian option on a Monday evening. Falafels is one of the easiest vegetarian dishes to prepare quickly and is always guaranteed to be eaten; even by the fussiest in the family.
I have tried a number of different brands of falafel mixes over the year, but for ease of a quick, nutritious dinner we now stay with the Mount Zero brand that we buy through our Organic Fruit and Vegetable Supplier.
Just 1 1/2 cups of falafel mix + one medium sized onion, a generous bunch of whatever fresh herbs I have on hand. This week it was mint, coriander and flat leaf parsley.
All ingredients go into my food processor with about 1/8 cup of water to blend thoroughly. I then let the mix sit for 15 minutes while I prepare a salad or other ingredients to go with the falafels.
Sometimes I will also grate a 1/4 of a cauliflower into the mix. This is not only for taste, but to also sneakily add some more vegetables as my kids don't like to eat cauliflower on it's own. It is usually grated into falafels or into fried rice. Just remember though, if you are going to add cauliflower then you need to go easy on adding water when you are blending it all together as otherwise you end up with a very sloppy mix that will then foam and separate once dropped into hot oil.
The oil I use to fry my falafels is Rice bran oil as it has a high smoke point, so doesn't denature easily and is affordable when using a large volume of oil. I always discard once used once.
We usually enjoy our falafels with either mountain bread, or a tortilla wrap or just on their own with salad. Last night we had them with delicious fresh olive sourdough, coleslaw, homemade guacamole leftover from the night before, slivers of red capsicum and humous.
My kids all arranged their food themselves on their plates which really displays the way they like to eat, the volume they eat and also their developmental stage/age. Can you guess which plate belongs to a 9 year old, a 7 year old and a 5 year old?
I hope this blog post might inspire you to try falafels for a meal with your family and if you do, that you enjoy them as much as us.
Yours in health,