Falafels have always been my go-to lunch choice when I have no time to cook. Not the fried kind, just the lightly baked ones. The issue that I've always had with the package kind or those you get to-go is that they just aren't as flavorful as in a proper Middle Eastern restaurant. Also if you don't have pita bread, you still finish hungry!
That's why I put together this little recipe. These can travel with you to work, school, etc. and have a flavour kick. Most importantly, they are easy to make and filling!
INGREDIENTS - FILLING
INGREDIENTS - GARNISH/EXTRAS
EQUIPMENT - just have these ready as called for
First pre-heat your oven to 200C/425F. Next, line a baking tray with parchment paper/baking sheet. Place pepper halves on top. When oven is ready, place tray in for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine all filling ingredients in food processor until a rough mixture forms. (Don't over-blend, you don't want this too smooth.) If it's too dry, add more water. Use a spoon to add the dried fruit and zest. Set aside.
Once peppers are done, remove from oven and spoon in the falafel mixture. Place back in oven for another 5 - 8 minutes. You want them to be golden up top but not too dry. Serve immediately with salsa or mint sauce, enjoy!