Baked Quinoa Falafel

Baked quinoa falafel (click through for recipe)Guys, I love falafel. To me, it's kind of food truck thing. Even though I've only had the pleasure of eating at food trucks probably a handful of times in my life.

Maybe I need to make that more of goal, now that I'm thinking about it. I mean, what am I doing with my eating hours anyway? :)

Baked quinoa falafel (click through for recipe)  Anyway, falafel. It's amazing. Just SO flavorful. My favorite recipe is this version (where you fry the batter into small balls). This is a lighter version. Just as flavorful, but you bake instead of fry, and there's the addition of a little quinoa.

You serve these more like burger patties and top with Greek yogurt and veggies. It's an amazing dinner, believe me.

Baked quinoa falafel (click through for recipe)   Maybe you're wondering the same thing I was about this dish. Is this as good as the fried version? Good question. And because we're friends, I'll tell you the truth.

No. It is not as good as fried. Fried food is guilty pleasureville, and you really shouldn't try to compete with that when you make a super healthy dish. But, and I really mean it, this is so delicious that it really doesn't matter. You can eat this and your whole house isn't going to smell liked frying oil afterward. And that's a reward in itself, if you ask me.  

Best baked falafel recipeBaked Quinoa Falafel, serves 2-3.

1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas
1 small red onion
5-6 garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons cornmeal

For serving:
Greek yogurt
cucumber
cherry tomatoes
lemon or lime, sliced

Cook the quinoa according to the directions. Fun fact: I totally burned my quinoa while I was making this. I just started talking to Elsie, and I didn't set a timer, and before I knew it I smelled that distinct scent: burned, neglected food on the stove. So, pro tip: set a timer if you're doing other things. Duh.

Falafel quinoa batterDrain the chickpeas (garbanzo beans) from the can. In a food processor, combine the chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, and cilantro. Process until well blended. Stir in the salt, baking powder, and cooked quinoa. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight).

How to make baked falafelForm 4 patties from the batter. On a small plate, combine the flour and cornmeal. Dip the patties (both sides) in the flour mixture.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a large skillet or heatproof pan, heat a little oil over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for a few minutes so that side can get a little crisp to it. Flip the patties over, then immediately move the skillet (or pan) from the stove top to the oven. Continue to bake for 12-15 minutes. 

Baked quinoa falafel (click through for recipe) Allow these to cool just a little before serving. Squeeze on a little lemon or lime juice, top with Greek yogurt and your chopped veggies.

Baked quinoa falafel (click through for recipe)    Your gonna love this one, guys. The flavors are so bright and yummy. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. 

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