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Summer Bliss Bowl with Baked Lentil Falafel

Course Entrees, Salads
Difficulty Advanced
Pulse Type Lentils
Specialty Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion Earth Friendly, Healthy Comfort Foods
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6

Ingredients

Baked Falafel

  • 2 cups lentils, green cooked (1 cup uncooked lentils + 3.75 cups water)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • handful parsley with stems
  • 8 leaves basil fresh
  • 1 tbsp miso paste chickpea
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground flax
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour or more as needed to thicken the mix
  • 1/2 tsp salt Himalayan

Cauliflower Rice

  • 1 head cauliflower shredded (or pre-made cauliflower rice)
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut aminos to taste
  • 1/2 tsp salt Himalayan

Base of Bowl

  • roasted veggies red bell pepper, zucchini and brussels sprouts
  • spinach roughly chopped; or other greens to serve as a "bed"

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup of uncooked lentils and 3.75 cups of water to a pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat and continue to cook on a gentle simmer with a tilted lid. Cook until lentils are soft, but not mushy and until the water has mostly evaporated (usually takes around 20 minutes). Remember we will be processing this in the food processor so no need to make them super soft. Set aside to let cool down.
  2. In the food processor add cooked lentils, garlic cloves, parsley, basil leaves, chickpea miso, lemon juice, flax meal, salt and process until well-combined. Add coconut flour (or your choice of flour) as needed to thicken the mixture in order to make it easier to form the balls. I needed 3 tablespoons, but you might need to add a bit more, or less depending on how thick your mix is to begin with.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F and form bite-sized falafel balls using the mix (1/2 cup yields around 3 balls) and place in baking sheet. Bake at 350f for 40 minutes or until balls are golden brown and slightly crispy. Remove from oven and set aside to cool down a bit. If the balls feel soft do not worry as they will continue to harden as they cool down outside of the oven.
  4. If making cauliflower rice: Add shredded cauliflower, coconut aminos, and salt to a pan and cook over medium heat until ‘rice’ is soft and tender. This usually takes around 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with a bed of greens (I used chopped spinach), a side of cauliflower rice or quinoa, and roasted veggies and don’t forget to top with this cashew-free vegan parsley and basil herb sauce. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

3 baked lentil falafels = 1 serving of 1/2 cup of pulses