Meat Free Salad with Falafel and Red Pesto
Before focusing on the salad…
My dear boyfriend thought falafels had meat in them (!!!!!)
I am still chocked because of above, but either way now he knows better. Honestly, I never thought I would enjoy a completely meat free meal, but falafels are growing on me. If you have read my previous posts, I do not believe in cutting out any food group from my diet, but I do enjoy trying new stuff. Last night both of us were exhausted after a day spent in IKEA, and we really had zero motivation to cook. We decided to focus of vegetables and greens. The end result was this rather kick-ass salad that was both filling, tasty, and colourful. You know how I feel about colours. If you are looking for an easy-yet-healthy-dinner, this could really be it. This recipe serves 2 adults for dinner.
- 9 falafels (4 for me and 5 for Nicolai)
- 1 dl Quinoa/bulger/spelt kernels: Your choice of starch
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1-2 dl Edamame beans (frozen)
- 1 big handful of frozen green beans
- 1 big handful of spinach
- Feta choice as you wish
- 2 scallions
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/2 glass of red tomato pesto
- Turn on your oven to 200° Celsius and heat the falafels for approximately 20 minutes
- Prepare your starch according to the instructions
- For the frozen vegetables, pour them into containers and pour boiling water on them. Let it sit for a few minutes
- Chop all the greens to your desired size
- Mix all the vegetables, and your starch in a bowl
- Arrange in 2 portion-sizes (including falafels)
- Voilà, easy peasy lemon squeezy
Right now we are going through a phase at home where we truly enjoy eating a salad for dinner. This is why we are experimenting with everything from chicken, beef, fish and falafel, to varying starches and grains. During summer I prefer eating lighter meals. Salad and meat funnily enough fall into this category, and as such it comes natural to me/us to eat greener during summer. I wonder if you guys feel the same?
I hope you try out this recipe, or that this recipe inspires you. Either way, if you have feedback for me, please fire away!