How many of you love falafel? There's a place near me that makes the best I've ever tasted, and I just turn the other cheek when I see the little balls being deep-fried. If only there were an easy and healthier way to make it myself....
There is! I picked up a box of Fantastic Falafel Mix that a friend recommended to me, and now I'm sharing this gem with you. It's quick and easy to make, and you can add your own veggies in the wrap to make it even healthier. It's got the perfect amount of crunchy chewiness, and it's made with garbanzo beans, so it's got protein too.
Want to see what it really looks like, what the nutritional info is and how to make it yourself? Then
- This mix makes about 24 balls. I only wanted to make half of that, so I measured out about 6 oz of the mix (3/4 of a cup).
- Pour it into a bowl and add 5/8 of a cup of water (that's 1/2 a cup plus 1/8 of a cup of water). Mix it together and be sure to let it stand for 15 minutes to absorb the water. If you don't give it enough time, your balls will fall apart.
- Turn a burner onto medium and get a frying pan ready. Pour olive oil into the bottom. The directions on the box say to pour enough so the oil is 1/2 inch deep, but I just poured about 1/4 cup in. Who needs all that oil?
- You can pre-form the little balls, but I just use a small spoon to scoop out the mix and then I plop them in the pan one at a time. Using the back of the spoon, I smoosh them down into little disks, so there's more surface area getting cooked.
- Fry the balls about 5 or so minutes, or until they're golden brown. Then flip them individually like potato latkes.
- While they're browned to your liking, you can cut up veggies to go in the wrap. My favorite are tomatoes and cucumbers.
- After they're done cooking, you can place the balls on a plate with a paper towel to absorb any extra oil.
- Now place 6 pieces of falafel in the middle of a wrap and then your veggies. Pour about 2-3 tbsp of Annie's Goddess Dressing on top, wrap it up and enjoy!
|Well, if you only have 3 balls, as the serving size suggests, I'm happy with the nutritional content. If you are feeling extra hungry, and want to have 6 balls (as shown in the wrap above), I listed that nutritional info too.|
Holy moly - that's a ton of sodium for one meal, considering the RDI of sodium is 2,300 mg. If you're watching your salt intake, and you've already eaten a good portion of your daily sodium before getting to dinner, you can just use 3 balls, and add a ton of veggies to fill you up. If you haven't eaten much sodium all day, I'd go for the 6 balls of falafel.
Either way, this falafel must be healthier than the oil-drenched falafel balls I get at my favorite cafe. I'm a huge fan of this Fantastic Falafel Mix!