Guys, I have a love story to share with y'all today. This story is called "Love at First Falafel".
It all started when I decided to have lunch with my sister at one of our favorite food spots of all time, Mama Pita (which, by the way if you live near Plano, TX and haven't been...quick question: what are you doing?!!). I proceeded to make my usual order as I walked down the aisle of yummy selections, happily telling the server what I wanted.
"Garlic and beet hummus pls, uh, that salad closest to you...no not that one, the other one, yes that one pls, 2 scoops of feta...okay just one more, roasted potatoes, chick..". Suddenly I stopped. I looked up at the menu at a word that I had overlooked every single time I had been there in the past - mainly because I didn't want to butcher the pronunciation and suddenly have everyone stop and laugh at me like "ha, look at this amateur, who even says it like that?!"
I could just picture it in my head, me dropping my tray screaming "don't judge me!" and running out the door to hide in my car. Okay, I know I'm being a tad over dramatic but still.
I stood there, faced with two choices. I could either just order the chicken like I normally did, or I could dig for the courage deep within to order the interesting food with the funky name. "You know what, I'm going to try those little crispy ball things instead today pls" I mumbled. "Huh? You mean the falafel?" the lady yelled back, making it even more apparent that I had just referred to them as the crispy ball things. She placed 4 on my plate and I went to the cashier to pay.
As I sat staring at my delicious Mediterranean platter, falafel staring back at me, I picked one up with my fork and took a bite. Pause. In that moment, the background noise began to fade out, a sort of heavenly like glow began to cast down over me and my falafel and I sat there in pure harmony with the sweet sound of a harp playing in the background. "Falafel" I said ever so softly, "where have you been all my life?"
The falafel just kind of sat there on the fork as if to say "welcome to life, Victoria. This is the true meaning of life."
From that moment on, the falafel and I lived happily ever after, the end. *grabs tissue*
Okay so seriously, on to this recipe. Guys, this oven baked falafel is what needs to be happenin' in your kitchen, right now, today. You're getting mouthfuls of that nicely seasoned, garlicy chickpea center. The earthy green color which is produced by the parsley and cilantro. Little bites that are power packed with protein. This you guys, is a party that your taste buds surely don't wanna miss out on.
Oh! Quick reminder in case you haven't had a chance to check out my Lemon Beet Hummus recipe. I'll be posting a recipe at the end of this week that incorporates BOTH the hummus and this delicious falafel. THIS IS LOVE. ♥
Serving Size 4 Falafel
Servings Per Container 3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 737mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Protein 6g 12%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.