This few days I have been very lazy. Sleeping too much, relaxing, pampering myself, drinking lots of tea , making sweet breads . I know that after the holiday season a lot of people see an opportunity to do a cleanse or go on a juice feast, but I really find myself catching up on some sleep , that I didn’t do in the Summer.I know that once the spring is here a new wave of energy will take over me and then will be the time to try a 7 day raw vegan plan or a juice feast.
These days I have been cooking very warming , spicy and tasty foods. Today’s recipe is one of my most favourate. Its a warm falafel wrap with tomatoes , hatini and lemon dressing with some cucumber, radishes , celery and onion salad.
You can enjoy this easy vegan recipe simply anytime -lunch, dinner or as mid day snack depending on what you are up to. I do like to keep things simple and here are the ingredients that you need.
You can cook your falafel from scratch , which I have done in the past, using this recipe.
- 3 cups cooked chickpeas (2 x 14oz / 400g cans)
- 1 large onion finely chopped
- bunch of parsley
- 8 cloves garlic
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 3 tsp salt
- 2 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp cayenne
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 Tbsp flaxmeal + 6 Tbsp hot water
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- Preheat oven to 175°C / 350°F.
- Add chickpeas, onion, parsley, garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, cayenne and lemon juice and process into a chunky paste.
- Move mixture to a bowl and add flax meal, baking powder and chickpea flour.
- Pour some olive oil on the bottom of the baking tray . Spoon mixture onto tray into cookie sized bits.
- Cook for 40 minutes, flipping once halfway through
This time I used ready mix for falafel. I find it really handy when I want a quick lunch or dinner. I use Ai’fez Authentic Falafel Mix (150g) which you can buy in most supermarkets or order online the multi pack of 12 boxes.
The only thing I add to the ready mix apart from water is some cayenne pepper. It gives it a nice kick and a bit of spice is always good for you.
So once you make your falafels , you are ready to make your salad. Here are the ingredients for the salad
10 red radishes (grated )
1/2 cucumber -grated
2 sticks of celery finely chopped
1 small onion -finely chopped
2 purple cabbage leaves -finely chopped
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt and pepper
Once you’ve grated and chopped the vegetables simply season them with salt and pepper and mix them.Let it sit for 1 minute and then add the lemon juice and the olive oil . Its ready.Next season some tomatoes with some salt, pepper and oregano.If you want you can sprinkle some olive oil as well.
Next make a nice dressing my mixing tahini and the other half of the lemon. It gives it a nice nutty and zesty kick for you to enjoy.
So that’s you set to dress your wrap. You can use pitta bread , ordinary flat bread or a lettuce leaf. The choice is yours. In a cold winter day I like to warm up my flat bread in the oven with the falafels on the top.
Then I put the salad, the tomatoes and the dressing . Enjoy with some salad on the side. This is a very satisfying dish and if you serve it to your guests they would love it to. I have given this wrap to people who are not vegans and they loved it and complimented me on it.
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