I’m so super excited even though the picture suggests that I have lost my food mind. Here I am, after being gone for a few days (why does it take me like five years to recover from the workshop?!) and THIS is what I hit you with. That’s right – THIS.
This simple baked falafel that only requires five basic ingredients to throw together (featuring my one and only LENTILS) is really the only thing I could bring to you today – it’s all I’ve been thinking about in the food realm lately. ♡ It’s ultra-textured, just the right amount of spicy, and baked to soft perfection for all your lifelong falafel wants and needs. This baked falafel is my new favorite way to build a meal.
Maybe it’s a little yellow-green. Maybe it looks like alien food I DON’T KNOW.
But it definitely, absolutely, for sure tastes very bomb.
If you’ve never had falafel before, first of all, 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱!
Secondly, okay. Breathe. Steady. Calm. We can be calm about this. Right now at this very second, google “best falafel in (name of your area)” and get out into the world and find yourself some good falafel. I’m serious. Leave this blog now and go get the job done. Also: call me, because I want to come with.
Once you’ve been introduced to the wonders of falafel, if there should come a day when I don’t want to go with you because I love wearing sweatpants and XL hoodies more than I love going out for falafel (I mean, weird, I don’t know, just throwing it out there) or even more shocking: YOU yourself don’t want to go out into the world for falafel (!!) but you still want to eat all its flavor-jolting plant-based goodness for weeks on end in rockin salads, over-the-top sandwiches, and… all the other stuff that people eat falafel in, then this recipe was made just for you and me and all the other simple recipe lovers of the world.
This baked falafel recipe = a handful of regular things.
lentils / cilantro + parsley / garlic / jalapeño / lemon juice / salt / olive oil all up in the food processor.
Speaking of food processor, do you have one? YOU NEED ONE. I love mine so much that I wrote a full post showing off 12 magical ways that I use my food processor. Must must must. Go now.
We’re going to get a little bit of flour in there to hold it all together, too, so technically we’re at more than 5 ingredients if you must get tech-ni-cal, but I always feel like things that 98% of my readers already have in their kitchen cabinets don’t need to count as full blown ingredients.
Go locate some lentils and cilantro and jalapeños and get started.
Guys, girls, readers, frenz. I need you to know that have some really good, colorful, healthy and extremely satisfying things to come next week for which you will want your little falafels at the ready. And while you’re at it this weekend getting these all set for your fridge for weekly meal planning, go ahead and double the recipe – they freeze nicely and there is absolutely more than one recipe ft. these little weirdos on the food blog horizon.
And then also while you’re at it, go ahead and DEVOUR THEM. With tahini or hummus or magic green sauce. Somehow I even managed to find a way to eat a few of them with my leftover Thai massaman curry and pad see eiw and white rice combo. Awesome Thing #49 About Falafel: plays nice with other foods.
I feel a good, falafel-filled weekend coming on for you! 👋
It wouldn’t be weird to bring falafel to Friendsgiving, right?
**I really wish I would have thought to get a picture of the inside texture of these little guys, but somehow I missed that… for now, you’ll have to trust me that the insides stay deliciously moist without getting heavy or overly mushy. I’ll work on getting a picture in the next day or two and uploading it in the post for reference.**
- 2 cups cooked lentils
- 1 huge handful (a cup or so) fresh cilantro leaves and stems
- 1 huge handful (a cup or so) fresh parsley leaves and stems
- half a jalapeño (if you like spicy - leave ribs and seeds!)
- 1½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- a squeeze of lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1-2 tablespoons all purpose flour (sub a gluten free flour if needed)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pulse all ingredients except flour in a food processor until combined. The mixture should form semi-dry crumbles that stick together when you press them.
- Stir in the flour - just one tablespoon at a time, until it's just dry enough to handle. Form into 9 patties and bake for 18 minutes. Remove from oven and use in salads, sandwiches, bowls, etc. Refrigerate for a few days or freeze.
For the lentils, lean towards just barely cooked. That will give you a better texture than overly wet, heavy, and mushy lentils.
If you don't have a jalapeño, use red pepper flakes for heat.
Nutrition information is for one falafel patty.
PS. Thanks for all your feedback via Snapchat and the Facebook VIP team on the studio paint situation yesterday! I’ve enlisted the help of some trusty (read: fashionable) friends who are going to come and help me make sense of myself in this new, super cool but currently directionless studio space situation we’ve got going on. Good things ahead! XO