I love a challenge, especially when it comes to food. There are a few challenges I especially love to work on: how to put a healthy twist on a recipe, how to put more vegetables into a dish, and how to make healthy dishes so tasty that anyone, regardless if they eat healthy food all the time or not. Some of the food I responds to one or two of those challenges, and this Baked Green Pea Falafel definitely speaks to all three.
Traditional falafel is fried, and I though I still eat some fried food, I don’t like to fry food at home. It’s too messy and requires too much oil for me. I enjoy putting a baked twist on foods that are usually fried. It’s less work for more healthful results. I’ll take that option any day.
I’ve made Baked Falafel here before, and when I was thinking of what green pea recipes to share with you, the thought of green falafel excited me. Falafel is a perfect food to throw in a few more vegetables. Chickpeas, the heft behind falafel, are already a great source of fiber, protein, and iron and adding green peas just doubles it’s nutritional goodness.
To enjoy this Green Pea Falafel, I served it over a salad with some classic Greek flavors: cucumbers, tomatoes, a yogurt dill sauce. This salad has gotten major kudos at my table, including those who just prefer to vacation in the Land of Healthy Eating. The falafel is also perfect as a snack with the yogurt sauce as a cool and refreshing dip.
This recipe is part of a series called Nutrition DL. Nutrition DL gives you the download on seasonal fruits, vegetables, or pantry staples. Once you learn about the basics of the featured ingredient, I share four recipes over four weeks to inspire and feed you with this great seasonal food. Check out other foods I’ve covered here.