Meat Free Salad with Falafel and Red Pesto

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.

The Goodies:

  • 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

The How:

  1. Turn on your oven to 200° Celsius and heat the falafels for approximately 20 minutes
  2. Prepare your starch according to the instructions
  3. For the frozen vegetables, pour them into containers and pour boiling water on them. Let it sit for a few minutes
  4. Chop all the greens to your desired size
  5. Mix all the vegetables, and your starch in a bowl
  6. Arrange in 2 portion-sizes (including falafels)
  7. 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!

♡ NKN

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