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Baked Falafel Quinoa Bowls


  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Packed full of delicious goodness!  These baked falafel bowls have become a regular make ahead lunch or ‘I don’t feel like cooking’ dinner in our house.  You’ll love the layers of protein rich vegetarian ingredients, crunchy veggies and fresh herbs!


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Ingredients

Baked Falafel Quinoa Bowls

  • 12 pieces oven baked falafel
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon dill finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint finely chopped
  • 3 cups shredded kale or other greens about 1 small head
  • 1 tablesoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbles
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup tzatzikin sauce
  • crispy naan strips

Oven Baked Falafel

  • 1 can chickpeas 15.5 ounce
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 medium carrot finely grated
  • 3 large garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Crispy Naan Strips

  • 1 naan flatbread
  • 1 tablespoon flatbread
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Homemade tzatziki

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 English cucumber peeled, deseeded, and finely chopped or grated
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Prepare the falafel.  Drain and rinse the chickpeas.  In the food processor, pulse the parsley and cilantro 4 to 5 times to give a rough chop.  Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until combined and mostly smooth, some roughly chopped pieces are fine.  Let the falafel mixture sit for 1 hour to thicken.
  2. Heat the oven to 400°F.  Coat a baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.  While the oven preheats, form the falafel patties.  Roll 2 tablespoons of falafel mix into a ball then lightly press into a disk about 1/2 inch thick.  Place on the oiled sheet tray and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, carefully flipping half way through.  Season with a sprinkle of salt immediately after baking.
  3. Make the crispy naan.  In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over high heat.  Cook the bread for 1 to 2 minutes each side until golden brown.  Immediate season each side with salt and garlic powder after cooking while the oil is still hot.  Let cool slightly on a cutting board and slice into strips.
  4. Prepare the tzatziki.  Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  5. Prepare the falafel quinoa bowls.  In a medium bowl, combine the kale (or greens), olive oil, and lemon juice.  Toss together and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Alternatively, if you have a favorite greek dressing or tahini sauce that can be substituted.  Divide the greens between four bowls.  Alongside the greens, divide the cooked quinoa betweel the four bowls – the quinoa can be served hot or cold.
  6. Top with cucumers, feta crumbles, a dollop of tzatziki, and serve with crispy naan strips.  Serve each bowl with 3 to 4 pieces of falafel.

Notes

  • additional topping options: chopped tomatoes, olives, crispy chick peas
  • to save time you can prepare the falafel on a different day and reheat
  • store-bought tzatziki is an easy, time saving swap
  • Category: main dishes
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: mediterranean

Keywords: quinoa bowls, falafel bowls, oven baked falafel, mediterranean falafel bowls

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