Thanks to our friends at the organic and natural food store As Natured Intended, we are sharing with you a series of plant-based recipes covering all courses from a pre-dinner snack, through to main courses and desserts. We are starting with the pre-dinner snack...!
Serves 2-4 as a pre-dinner snack
- 1 x 190g Themptation Hemp hummus (we are using Spiced Carrot & Turmeric but you can use your favourite one)
- 120g chick peas (half a can)
- 50g wholemeal/spelt flour (gluten free also works)
- 20g parsley rough chopped
- 1 quarter lemon zest
- Salt & pepper
- Optional – 1/5 TSP bicarb, lemon juice or wedge for garnish
- Dressing (optional) 1 x 150g Basil hemp pesto, 50ml extra virgin oil.
- Start by mixing the hemp hummus with the other ingredients inc roughly chopped parsley in a large mixing bowl – the whole chickpeas will add a little texture and bite but you can squash them a little. Once mixed, place the bowl in the fridge for 20 mins to chill – this will make it easier to shape the falafel balls. You can add a quarter of a teaspoon of bicarb to the mix, this will help keep them juicy inside, but it’s not necessary.
- In the meantime, pre-heat your oven to 190c or 180c if a fan oven. Next lay a sheet of greaseproof paper in a baking tray and drizzle olive oil over it– this will help the falafel crisp up and colour.
- Once the oven is up to temperature, take out your falafel mix, dust your hands with flour and take a small handful of the mix. Roll between your hands until a firm ball is made, then place onto the baking tray. Repeat until all the mix is used – depending on size, you should expect approx 8-10 falafel.
- Place the baking tray into the fridge or freezer for 5 mins – this will help the falafel retain their shape, then straight into the oven for 25-30 mins, turn the falafel over halfway through.
For the Hemp pesto dressing – simply spoon a few dollops of Themptation fresh basil Hemp Pesto in a glass, add a few glugs of extra virgin oil, and stir vigorously until combined – you can drizzle this over the falafel or put in a dish for dipping. You can, of course, use any pesto, or even make vegan tzatziki for dipping.
Originally published at https://www.asnatureintended.uk.com/ on March 2, 2019, republished with permission