Spicy Hummus Falafel Recipe
So we were recently scrolling Pinterest and looking up falafel recipes (okay, Ben was Pinteresting by proxy, since I basically force him to look at everything I happen to be giggling about), and we ended up talking about how amazing it is that the internet has made plant based eating so incredibly accessible to everyone. All you have to do is type in “plant based _____”, and you get endless pages of delicious recipes and advice.
And THEN, we also began to realize how NOT accessible many of these recipes were. At least for a typical, “I just worked a full day, worked out, and am now laying in my jammies not wanting to cook dinner” day. It’s no WONDER people are weary of trying out more plant based meals. They think you have to set aside 2 hours to whip up this gourmet Buddah bowl with marinated tofu, julienned veggies, and a fancy sauce with 6 ingredients you’ve never heard of.
Wrong. So wrong. Plant based can be SO easy if you let it. There’s nothing wrong with taking some short cuts to get yourself a solid, veggie based meal. So we’re going to start posting more EASY plant based meals with lots of our go-to ingredients and healthy shortcuts.
Because hello, we’re REAL PEOPLE, and we don’t normally have time to marinate, sautee and chop.
Well hey there real life, welcome to the veggie dome.
Our first short cut meal is the humble falafel recipe. We put this beauty together after craving the keebabs we had in Italy (we know, totally where you’d expect a bomb ass keebab). Almost everything in this recipe comes pre-made (most these ingredients appear on our plant based shopping list), so it’s crazy easy to throw together on any given weeknight.
If you want to make your own hummus, that’s ridiculously easy, so we encourage it. BUT, again, real life. We adore Hope Hummus, which is a local brand that makes FIRE flavors. Spicy avocado has a regular rotation in our fridge.
The pita and falafels also come from a local CO company, and they are insanely addictive. We love pairing it with fresh, crunchy cabbage. A great shortcut for this is pre-cut cabbage (we scored ours from Trader Joes). Bell peppers add another crunchy kick, and some additional freshness.
Part of the charm of this falafel recipe is the fact that you can customize it however you want. All you need it pita, falafel, hummus, and veggies. Pick your flavors and build away.
Keeping these basics in your fridge on any given week gives you a quick, easy, and healthy plant based option.
So whether you’re a full force veg head, or just trying to cut down on the meaty meals, we encourage you to try this out the next time you’re feeling like you’ve got too much to do, and not enough time to do it.
Spicy Avocado Hummus Falafel Recipe
Whole Wheat Pita Bread
Bell Pepper (or veggie of choice)
1. Heat up falafels on medium-low heat.
2. Slice the pita bread in half, and add them to the pan you’re cooking the falafel in (this helps open up the bread for optimal stuffage).
3. Once falafels begin to brown on both sides, take off the pita bread and add in hummus, bell peppers, cabbage, and falafel.