Monday, 20 October 2014

Cauliflower and Broccoli 'Falafel' with Tahini Sauce

A little later than planned, but here it is! Last night I posted a recipe for Tabouleh, and promised to post the recipe for the falafels that we had as the main part of the meal. A little bit backwards, I know, but hey what fun is the world if you can't do things a bit higgledy piggeldy every now and then!

So here is a picture of the meal we put together - it was a delicious Middle Eastern inspired bowl of goodness, full of yummy vegetables and spice flavours. This is an ideal meal to put together for Meat-free Monday style dish (obviously doesn't have to be Monday, it's just the name that's caught on!), or it is a fantastic filling lunch.

Traditional falafels are made with chickpeas which many people love, however if you find legumes hard to digest as I do, they can cause digestive problems. Legumes are basically anything from the pea/bean family and includes peanuts. My kids and husband seem to be fine with them, but unfortunately they do not do my body any favours! This is a great alternative option for anyone who can't or doesn't want to eat legumes.

The bowl is filled with shredded carrot, shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, a little coleslaw and diced capsicum, some jalapenos for a little spice, olives for that salty tang, the homemade cauliflower tabouleh, moist tender falafel patties and all topped with a drizzle of tahini sauce and a dollop of beetroot dip. Basically, recreating a Middle Eastern Kebab, but without the wrap that they usually come bundled up in! You can serve this on rice, noodles, or on its own as a salad style meal. It looks like lots of bits, but really other than a bit of chopping there is not a lot of work involved, and the meal can be put together very quickly - yay!

Recipe as follows:

Cauliflower and Broccoli 'Falafel' Patties

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, sugar-free, legume-free

1 cup cauliflower, roughly chopped
1 cup broccoli, roughly chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 eggs
2 tbsp spring onion or white onion, finely diced (about half a spring onion or 1/4 regular onion)
4 tbsp flaxseed meal (you could substitute for your favourite flour alternative)
2 cloves garlic, grated
a pinch of dried mint (or a couple of leaves of fresh mint, finely diced)
Salt and pepper to taste
a pinch or 2 of chilli powder (optional)

1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until combined (don't overblend, it's nice to have a bit of texture to the pattie).
2. In a large frying pan, heat about 1 tbsp coconut oil over medium heat
3. Shape the falafel mixture into patties and fry gently on one side until golden. Flip, and cook the other side until golden. 
4. Serve with your favourite middle eastern inspired foods and enjoy!

Tahini (Sesame) Sauce 

1/4 cup tahini (ground sesame seed paste)
1 clove garlic (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
juice of 1/2 lemon (you may like to add more if you prefer a more lemony taste or your lemon is not very juicy)
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 1/2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley

1. Combine all ingredients with either a whisk, stick blender, or mini food processor (Love my magic bullet for these kinds of jobs!). Taste, and adjust ingredients accordingly. If it's too thick, add more lemon, oil, or even just a tsp or 2 of water.