5-Ingredient Falafel (Air Fried or Baked!)

I seriously can’t believe it’s already April, you guys. Where is this year going!?!?

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

Don’t get me wrong, I’m super pumped for summer, but that fact that it’s April means that I’ve already been living with my boyfriend for 5 months, working at my new job for over a month, and this year is already a quarter over. That is nuts!!! In all honesty though, I really love spring because to me, it feels like a fresh start. Y’all know we don’t totally get a winter in LA, but it has been chillier this year than any other year I’ve lived here (all 7 of ’em!), and with a bunch of changes this year I’ve found myself feeling slightly overwhelmed and out of whack. Spring means I can re-visit the goals I set for myself in the new year and establish new intentions for the months ahead. 2018 has been pretty damn wonderful so far, so I’m PUMPED to see what the rest of it has in store!

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

But in any case, going back to what I was saying about feeling a bit out of sorts, the first thing I turn to when I need to get my a$$ back in gear is my meals. That being said though, the first thing to go when my schedule gets crazy is the grocery shopping (especially since my boyfriend and I usually do our shopping together in one trip). It’s because of this that I’m trying to get more resourceful with healthy, simple meals like my go-to quinoa salad with whatever veggies we’ve got in the fridge or breakfast-for-dinner. Over the weekend, I realized that all we really had for my lunches was some quinoa, bell peppers, and veggie burgers, but then I noticed a can of chickpeas in the pantry! BINGO.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

With that can of chickpeas, oats (also in my pantry), an onion (something we alwaysssss have on hand!) and some spices, I made myself a meal! Well sort of – when I paired it with the quinoa and veggies, that is😉 I air-fried these falafel, but you can just as easily make them in the oven! I like air frying them because they get that nice crisp on the outside with no oil, but it’s totally up to you – maybe I’ll try baking them next to see what happens! They’re vegan, gluten-free, and I made a super simple sauce to pair them with by taking hummus, watering it down slightly with warm water, and squeezing half a lemon over the top.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

5-Ingredient Falafel

(inspired by this recipe!)

1 can can organic chickpeas (rinsed)

1/3 onion, roughly chopped

1/3 cup oat flour (blend gluten-free rolled oats in a food processor/blender)

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

pinch sea salt (optional but recommended!)

1. In a food processor, add the chickpeas, oat flour, onion, cumin, garlic powder, and salt (if desired). Pulse until a sort of dough sorts to form.

2. Form the ‘dough’ into 1 inch balls and place the balls in an even layer in the air fryer basket.

3. Air fry for 15 minutes at 370 degrees fahrenheit (or bake at 375 degrees fahrenheit on a greased baking sheet for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through). Enjoy right away or store for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

Well there ya have it folks! What about you – what’s your go-to lunch or dinner when you’re running super low on groceries? I think we all could use a few more ideas!

xo Jordan

Quinoa Falafel Burgers with Mediterranean Salsa.

Yay! It’s Friday! Friday is here! We made it!

To celebrate, I’m spending the afternoon in the kitchen whipping up some veggie burgers for dinner. These patties are absolutely packed with protein, flavor and fresh ingredients. They also take all of 15 minutes to make (not including baking time) because you literally stick everything in food processor and press go.

Dancing for Donuts | Quinoa Falafel Burgers with Mediterranean Salsa.

I know I recently did another mediterranean-inspired recipe, but something about basil and tomato scream summer to me so I’ve been all about them lately! I’m also super into veggie burgers these days since I don’t have a grill…so as much as I want to sink my teeth into a juicy burger, that’s not exactly an option until I head home to New York at the end of the summer! Then it’s BBQ’s all day everyday.

Dancing for Donuts | Quinoa Falafel Burgers with Mediterranean Salsa.

Quinoa Falafel Burgers

2/3 cup cooked quinoa

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup whole wheat flour or rolled oats

2-3 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup chopped basil

1 egg

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper (I used red since I don’t like black!)

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/4 cup roasted red pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a food processor, combine the quinoa, chickpeas, flour (or oats), and garlic. Pulse until crumbly. Add the egg, basil and spices just until it resembles a chunkier version of hummus.

3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, add the red pepper and stir to evenly combine.

4. Shape the mixture into medium-sized patties of about 1/2 inch thickness (should make about 5 burgers depending on how large or small you make them).

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until set. Serve immediately with Mediterranean Salsa or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Mediterranean Salsa

1 cup chopped roma tomatoes

1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

1/4 cup chopped basil

1 tbsp red wine vinegar or lemon juice

1/4 cup feta

1/4 tsp sea salt

  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients and stir. Serve immediately on top of Falafel Burgers or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Dancing for Donuts | Quinoa Falafel Burgers with Mediterranean Salsa.

Enjoy, y’all and have a great weekend!!!

xo Jordan