Broccoli Falafel Bowls with Jalapeño Dressing

Summer Bliss in a Bowl

SUPER EXCITED to eat a big bowl of fresh, summer vegetables loaded with a creamy, perfectly tangy, and just a little bit spicy jalapeño dressing.

Obsessed with the dressing doesn’t even begin to cover how much I love it but let’s not jump ahead of ourselves.

Now I don’t claim this to be an authentic falafel. Because it is BAKED so it’s a little healthier alternative to making a traditional falafel and I also didn’t use tahini dressing.
**Make sure your chickpeas are drained overnight before you prepare your falafel balls.

Also, I’m not saying it won’t take you a long time to chop up all your veggies and make a dressing from scratch and bake your falafels. But be reasonable with yourself. These things – delicious things take time. If you need a way to pass the time more enjoyably, I recommend pouring a glass of Aperol Spritz and putting on a good quarantine playlist on and bring your BLISS BOWL to life!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Medium onion, roughly chopped
  • Head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained
  • 3 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 egg
Husband’s plate

Directions:

  • Cook rice per package. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss sweet potatoes with 1 Tbsp of oil and salt and pepper. Cook potatoes for 40 minutes at 425 degrees.
  • On a second baking sheet, roast onions for 25 minutes.
  • In a small pot, steam broccoli until tender about 25 minutes.
  • Make the falafel, place roasted onions, garlic, chickpeas, lemon juice, spices, egg and a pinch of salt in a food processor and pulse until combined.
  • Use the mixture to form your falafel balls, place the balls on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping halfway.
  • Divide the rice among bowls/plate. Top with sweet potatoes, broccoli and falafel. Serve with jalapeño dressing (see below).

Spicy Jalapeño Dressing

  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup water

Blend all ingredients until smooth and drizzle over the falafels.

Enjoy – see you in the Kitchen!

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