This seriously easy falafel wrap is my latest addiction! If you are going to be addicted to something then a chickpea patty with carrots, peas, goat cheese, collard greens and savory spices is not a terrible thing to be addicted to, right? I really want to show you with this recipe that cooking healthy does not have to be hard, boring or bland and that novice cooks like myself, can make delicious dishes too!
If you have never had a falafel you are in for a treat. And if you think you don’t like chickpeas, think again and try this. This patty originated in the middle east and has many variations, so there is really no way to screw it up. I love my variation because it is colorful and nutrient dense but most importantly Delicious ! You can make it vegan by omitting the goat cheese, use hummus or a tahini dressing instead. The brown rice flour I use is gluten free so it is also a gluten free dish. read your label first or omit the flour if you are not sure.
1 can chick peas drained and rinsed
1 handful peas
1 handful shredded carrots
1 handful goat or feta cheese (optional)
1 tablespoonful brown rice flour
1/4 cup tahini
1 clove garlic
1 small spring onion
1/2 teaspoon cumin
sea salt and coarse black pepper to taste
1/4 bunch fresh parsley or cilantro
collard greens (can also use cabbage, swiss chard any large leafed green as your wrap)
2-3 tablespoon avocado oil ( can use EVOO if desired)
In a food processor add the chickpeas, flour, tahini, garlic, onion, cumin, salt and pepper. Blend until. well see below (not a pretty picture sorry). It should be sticky and doughy. If too dry add another tablespoon or two of tahini or even water.
Form mixture in to patties. I can get 5-6 small-medium patties out of this. I use two per wrap so you can get several wraps out of this. The peas, carrots and cheese quantities listed above are for 1 wrap so you will need to repeat if making multiple wraps at once.
Heat up avocado oil in a medium skillet on medium – medium high heat. Place patties in skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until patties are well formed and browned to your liking. Place on paper towel or parchment paper to cool a bit.
While the patties are cooking, get 1 collard green (or green of your choice) and place on plate open. Add carrots, peas and cheese to the wrap. Once falafels are slightly cooled, add them on top. I cut them up to fit. Add more salt and pepper if desired..
Once everything is assembled, wrap it up and enjoy!! You will likely want more so round two will be easier since patties already done. I like to eat some sweet potato chips and hummus with this as the perfect side. If you make it, please leave a comment as to how it turned out. I will tell you my first time making this, the patties were not terribly well formed or pretty, but that is because I tried to hand mash and mix. You really will want to use a food processor.