Air Fryer Pantry Falafel

I used to have a mix to make Falafels….it was SO good.  And then it was discontinued (it happens) and we were on the hunt for an easy DIY recipe we could make almost as quickly as the mix allowed.  I did what any person does these days….headed to my ole’ friend Pinterest and did a quick search.  And let me tell you, there are 100’s of recipes out there!  I even searched amongst my colleagues, both Epicure and The Academy of Culinary Nutrition, and everything I came up with used fresh parsley and dry, soaked for 24 hours, uncooked chickpeas.  I can say after many attempts, the fresh parsley is a MUST, but I have created a recipe that works with tinned chickpeas because, let’s be real here, ain’t nobody got time for 24 hours of soaking beans!!  

prep

25 minutes (this includes chill time)

Bake time

18-20 minutes

makes

Ingredients

  • 1 596mL tin of organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 C fresh flat-leaf parsley, stems removed, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chickpea flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 Tbsp Creamy Garlic Hummus Mix
  • 1 Tbsp Guacamole Mix
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry parsley.  Remove stems as best as possible.  Place in a food processor or high-power blender.  Pulse until well chopped but not mush.
  2. Add chickpea flour, baking soda, oil, lemon juice and spices.  Pulse again to combine.
  3. Add chickpeas and pulse until well combined and chickpeas are chopped but not smooth (we’re not making hummus!)
  4. Remove blade from food processor and chill bowl in fridge 15 minutes (or longer if you’re not ready to cook)
  5. Using a 1/4 C scoop form 7 equal patties.
  6. Place evenly spaced on the racks of an Air Fryer and air fry (400F) for 18-20 minutes depending on crispiness desired.  Switching trays halfway through cooking.
  7. Serve in a pita or naan bread with fresh Tzatziki, peppers, pickled red onion, lettuce, tomatoe, olives, feta…all your favourite fixings!

Notes

I used the Guacamole mix in place of chopped onion, garlic and cilantro here because I wanted to limit the number of non-pantry ingredients required.  If you do not have the mix, you can add 2 cloves of fresh garlic, 1/2 a chopped white onion and fresh cilantro to taste (I can’t stand the stuff so I’d add as little as possible but go wild!)

Similarly, the Creamy Hummus Mix is used in place of more garlic, cumin and Corriander.  It also adds some nutritional yeast and sesame goodness!

If you do not have an air fryer, you can bake on a lined sheetpan at 400F for 20 minutes.  Or you can pan fry for approximately 6 minutes per side (or until desired crispiness) with some extra avocado oil in a medium-high skillet.

Is Your Kitchen Well-stocked?

Ok, so you’re cooking at home A LOT lately.  You’re taking stock of what’s in the fridge, deep freezer and pantry and making decisions about what REALLY needs to be in that online grocery order (or maybe what’s in your produce delivery box!) or what you’re actually going to go into a store for!  So, here’s what I’m making sure I have hanging around here on any given day to make cooking at home every day that much easier!!  Having a well-stocked kitchen makes Everyday cooking so much easier and less stressful!  At this time of year I am super-excited that I will need to go to an actual store less and less as our CSA and local Farmer’s Market and our very own veggie garden will help supply most of our in-season fresh produce!

Pantry:

  • Dried pulses and lentils
  • Dried or canned beans – black beans, chickpeas, pinto beans, kidney beans etc (choose the ones you’re actually going to EAT!)
  • Rice (white, brown or wild – again, choose the ones you will actually eat!)
  • Grains – quinoa, millet, bulger etc
  • Pasta
  • Rice noodles, vermicelli or soba noodles (or all of them!)
  • Nuts (if you can have them in your home!) – almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts
  • Seeds – flax (whole and ground, but keep in mind ground are easier to digest but should be kept in the fridge/freezer once opened!), chia, sesame (calcium!), sunflower, pumpkin
  • Nut or seed butter you prefer – almond, cashew, sunflower seed, tahini
  • Tinned tomatoes – chopped, crushed and paste (no salt added, organic and BPA free cans!)
  • Oils – EVOO, olive, coconut, avocado
  • Vinegars – Apple Cider, red wine, Balsamic
  • Broth – Epicure has you covered so you don’t need to fill the pantry with tetrapacks full of sodium, canola oil and artificial colours!
  • Condiments – make your own when you can! I have some great DIY recipes for ketchup, mayo and salsa!
  • Tinned meat – tuna (not too much for mercury concerns!), salmon, sardines
  • Flour – brown rice, buckwheat, almond or regular organic unbleached white flour + whole wheat flour
  • Sugar – coconut sugar for dry sugar and honey or pure maple syrup when dry sugar isn’t necessary
  • Dried fruit
  • Other baking ingredients – baking powder, baking soda, salt
  • Coconut milk
  • Protein Powder

Deep Freezer:

  • Frozen veggies
  • Frozen fruit – berries, avocado, pineapple, mango
  • Frozen meats

Cold Storage

  • Onions/shallots/garlic
  • Potatoes/Sweet potatoes
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Long-lasting fruit like apples, bananas, grapes

Fridge:

  • Citrus – lemons & limes especially come in handy for making dressings, marinades, condiments and sauces!
  • Celery (store with cut ends in a tall jar of water for longest life)
  • Cabbage
  • Leeks
  • Eggs
  • Lettuces and greens
  • Milk or non-dairy

 

Notes 

If you’re looking for a great way to have amazing, local meat delivered, check out truLocal and use PROMO code JESSICA3349 for $25 off your first order!

Need a CSA (community supported agriculture) program to take part in and are in the Bradford ON area of Canada?  Seed to Feed Co, Holland Marsh Food Market and Springh Farms are all amazing!

Find a local, small business to support if you can for your pantry staples.  I love Nancy’s Nifty Nook in Bradford!  Search your local area for an independent if you can find one.  They often have better quality and much better customer service!  And, now more than ever, supporting local businesses is so important!

Looking for even more inspiration? Check out this post from Epicure’s blog The Feed with even more helpful tips!  How To Stock a Culinary Nutrition Pantry from the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and my Pantry Must-haves video on YouTube.