Hi All!! Before diving into this easy and quick recipe, I want to thank everyone for patiently awaiting some new food ideas :) We have finally had a break in the weather and Emi, Chris and I have been doing lots of outside work around the farm. Before we know it, it's bedtime for Em which usually results with one of us fallen asleep on her floor. In Chris's case mid sentence telling Emi stories ;) [Editors Note aka Chris: That story is 100% accurate, it happened again last night!]
It has been a time we've needed quick meals to keep moving or to get to bed before a certain toddler expires!! This meal definitely fits that criteria AND depending on what you have in your fridge it will supply you with that infamous "rainbow" you should be eating. Lets get rockin!
What we used for this meal:
2 lbs of wild caught shrimp, pealed and deveined
Red and Yellow Organic bell peppers
I'm sure if you are following along with our recipes or videos you'll recognize the theme of, 'Use what you've got!!' So no real measurements for this recipe; just grab what you have or buy what you want in the veggie department!
Slice and dice your veggies however you like to eat them. We used about 1/4 of a cabbage, a few mini bells, a handful of mushrooms, one small white onion, a few handfuls of kale, 2 smallish zucchini's (easy for my little hand zoodler) 1/2 small head of cauliflower, 3 large clove of garlic and 1/2 lemon.
You'll want to have a large large sautee pan with a lid to make this or take it to the oven! I'll note that modification at the end. We used a 12 inch deep sautee pan.
Coat your pan generously with olive oil, add chopped garlic and start pan on medium heat. Don't wait for garlic to cook, just start throwing veggies in with longer cooking ones on the bottom and shorter cooking ones on the top, leaving any greens and the zoodles out of the pan for now.
Salt and Pepper to taste and cover.
Let cook and "steam" for about 3-4 minutes, stir the veggies in the pan, add your thawed shrimp to the pan, and recover.
Let cook for another 4-5 minutes. Check to make sure shrimp is starting to turn pink and firm up. If it is, add the beans and kale and mix it and the shrimp into the existing veggies.
Squeeze 1/2 lemon over everything and add more salt and pepper (or any other spices you like) to taste. Stir everything up and allow it to continue to cook uncovered until shrimp are cooked through and firm.
Once shrimp are cooked through and firm, add zoodles and mix them in with a tong, then top with arugula, remove from heat and recover for 1-3 minutes.
It's now ready to serve. We served this with chopped almonds on top and a wedge of lemon.
If you needed to you could bake all of this at 400 for about 20 minutes. I would toss everything together except the greens and zoodles (shrimp, veggies, beans) with olive oil, garlic, salt and any spices. I would turn the oven off mix in greens and zoodles and let stand for a few minutes hot in a serving dish or in the pan it baked in to wilt the greens and zoodles and serve.
Some Food for thought, pun intended :) We love Thai, Viatnamese and Italian foods. With just herbs this can easily transform into one of those flavors. Think about adding some mint, cilantro, peanuts and or lime for a Thai or Viatnamese flavor...or some tomatoes more garlic and basil to lean Italian. Swap up your protein, easily make it vegan... It is a very flavorful, quick versatile dish. I hope you enjoy it!
First things first...I hope everyone is doing well!! I know that you are all scattered across the country, and some of you are starting to get back to some semblance of 'normal.' Here in our Eastern Central area of PA we are still on a stay at home order, which means good things for you!! Like an Easy Easy Easy Falafel Recipe :)
Chris and I (and now Emilia too) have always loved exploring all different kinds of food. Middle Eastern Foods is at the top of our favorites list, and I'm going to give a little shout out to Daddy's Place and Alladin. They are hands down our two favorite local go to's for incredible, clean, made from scratch family owned Lebanese Restaurants. I'm not going to lie, we miss our Saturday morning Easton Farmer's Market browsing where we stock up on all of our local goodies, often while snacking some falafel from Alladin's tent and catching up with Sam. She's always told me falafel was easy to make and to try it!! Well quarantine finally pushed my hand. I have no idea why I was afraid to try making falafel, but there you have it, it took years and a statewide shut down and here we are...home made falafel. Anyone who knows me will be shocked and stunned to know that I didn't follow a recipe (sarcasm), but browsed a few and went with ingredients we had and that I preferred to use. Not only was it super easy to make, it was delish. Lets get started!
Here's What We Used:
A food Processor
* 2 cans of Organic Chick Peas (strained and rinsed)
* 1 bunch of organic parsley (about 2 loose cups)
* 1 bunch of organic cilantro (about 2 loose cups)
* 3-4 garlic cloves
*4 tbsp chickpea flour (garbanzo bean flour)
* 2 tsp salt
* 2 tsp cumin
* 2 tsp onion powder
* 2 tsp black pepper
* 2 tsp baking soda
For Tahini sauce:
1/8 cup lemon juice (fresh or bottle)
1/4 cup tahini
1/8 cup cold water
salt to taste
- Pre-Heat oven to 425F
- While oven heats rinse and strain your two cans of chick peas.
- Add all of your falafel ingredients to the food processor: chickpeas, chickpea flour, parsley, cilantro, garlic, salt, cumin, onion powder, black pepper, baking soda. Pulse to get started then turn on food processor to blend well.
- Grease 1-2 cookie sheets, or line with parchment.
- Make your falafel whatever size you'd like, we made small/medium sized ones. I used a 2 tablespoon melon baller/cookie scoop to scoop batter. Form your falafel into patties, and line up on cookie sheet about 1" apart
- Bake falafel for 16-20 min (check and add a little time if you go with larger patties) Falafel is done when it is getting Golden on the outside and cracking a little across the outside. Makes about 20 small/medium size falafel.
While Falafel is cooking whip up some tahini sauce!
- in a bowl add lemon juice and then tahini.
- blend with whisk until juice and tahini are incorporated. It's okay if the tahini is still a bit chunky and pasty the water will blend it well and thin it!
- add small amounts of cold water and continue whisking and adding until well blended and creamy. You can add more water if a thinner tahini sauce is desired.
Have these as a snack, a side, a meal, in a wrap, you name it!! They are clean, healthy and packed with good protein and fiber. Another wonderful thing about these falafel, aside from being tasty and moist, is that you can add whatever you want to them. It's a simple clean recipe, feel free to season them with additional seasonings, add some additional ingredients, and come up with your own falafel based creation! We'll definitely be experimenting with this in the future!
Leave us comments and let us know how yours came out! Hope you enjoy another M & Em Kitchen Creation!!