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Falafel Mix: It's Fantastic

Falafel Mix: It's Fantastic

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!

Serving Size about 3, 1" balls about 6, 1" balls
Calories 130 260
Total Fat 2g 4g
Saturated Fat 0g 0g
Cholesterol 0mg omg
Sodium 350mg 700mg
Carbs 21g 42g
Fiber 6g 12g
Sugar 3g 6g
Protein 7g 14g
Join The Conversation
workofiction workofiction 9 years
Ok, I must confess, I've never had a falafel, don't even really know what they are... anyone care to clue in this clueless girl?
angriv angriv 9 years
i've also used this mix... i was a little nervous at first, but they ended up great! you can even make your own tzatziki (spelling!?) sauce with sour cream, chopped cucumbers and onions, and a dash of dill! it's great to dip in!
trabetbro trabetbro 9 years
I've tried this falafel mix recently too. I also used much less oil than the directions call for. It was still yummy. Even my picky two year old like it.
Anais18 Anais18 9 years
I'm from Israel, so Falafel is pretty much one of our national foods :-)
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Awesome, Fit! I also turn the other cheeck as soon as they hit the deep fryer. I can't wait to give this mix a try!
smcinthecity smcinthecity 9 years
I saw these recently in the store. I picked them up, but put them back worried about the frying part. I'm so glad you posted this.
ktacce ktacce 9 years
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i make these often. I make hummus, and add that to the pita - plus lots of onions, tahini, and lime juice. so good and so filling!
bibelot bibelot 9 years
This has been a favorite of mine for years. Easy, delicious and very healthy!
kimbit kimbit 9 years
I LOVE falafels, but I only have them occasionally because they are deep fried and then there is the garlic sauce..... These would be a good alternative I think. You could even just eat them platter style with hummus, tabouleh and salad for a middle eastern dinner.
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