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Pantry Friendly Falafel Bowls

We're coming up on week 7(??) of social distancing, isolation, and working from home and I think it's safe to say that we're all feeling preeeeeetty sick of our kitchens. New recipes are being broadcasted left and right, and a lack of structure + tighter budgets + few and far between grocery trips means some major dinner time (and overall, truthfully) malaise. I'm not going to sit here and pretend like you NEED this recipe for falafel, because try as I might lentils won't fix my woes ( and trust, I've tried ;) ) but if you do happen to have most of these items already and are stumped for dinner ideas I gotchu. Instead of chickpeas, which I've had a bit of a hard time tracking down these days, I used red lentils as I had a bunch stocked up! The yield is a more tender falafel, which I personally love. Check out the recipe below, and feel free to reach out and say hi! Hang in there friends.

Red Lentil Falafels- Yields 10


-1 cup red lentils

-2 cups water

-2 small shallots or

1/4 red onion

-1 large clove of garlic

-1 tsp salt

-1/4 tsp sumac

-1 tbsp sesame seeds

-1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

-1/2 cup almond flour

(or flour of choice)

- zest of one lemon (optional)


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. In a medium sized pot, add your red lentils and water and bring to boil. Then turn to simmer and let cook for about 20 min until soft. Let cool for about 15 minutes, then add to a medium sized bowl with shallot/red onion, minced garlic, almond flour, salt, sumac, sesame seeds , red pepper flakes and lemon zest (if using) and mix until a shapeable consistency appears. Spoon slightly larger than golfball sized amounts of the falafel mixture onto a lined sheet tray, rolling between hands to smooth (it’s easier if you drizzle a bit of oil on your hands). Yield is about 10 falafels. Brush a small amount of oil on the tops. Place in oven and cook for about 35-45 minutes, checking and rotating the tray halfway through. Falafels should be done when the tops are golden brown and the bottom releases from the tray. Enjoy!

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