Meatless Monday: Falafal & Pita

In case you missed this full disclosure communiqué, we are now embracing one meatless meal a week, in conjunction with the official Meatless Monday movement.

We’re actually eating more like 2-3 meatless meals a week, and so far there are no complaints.

Let me just state for the record, Meatless Monday was no invention of mine. Apparently there was some confusion on the subject, and I can’t take credit for this global crusade.

(Wordless Wednesday isn’t mine either, but it doesn’t hurt to have a few people thinking that is was my creation.)

Chickpeas. Yep, I mashed them, seasoned them, shaped them into patties and baked them with a bit of bacon fat. Which felt weird. Like I was defeating the purpose of cooking vegetarian. But the falafal tasted amazing.

We stuffed the patties in organic whole-wheat pitas, crammed fresh vegetables in along side and enjoyed everything topped with sour cream. Tzatziki would have been even better.

Head over to Chow Vegan for the recipe, but please, don’t compare photos!

One note on the recipe: I didn’t have a sprig of fresh herbs in the house (recipe calls for parsley & cilantro) so I threw a handful of dried mint from my mother’s potager into my mortar and pestle and crushed it up. It always amazed me how these home-grown, home-dried herbs retain their fragrance and flavor.

The mint was subtle and delicious in the falafal. I would use it again.

Enjoy your Meatless Monday! Its a holiday here in Canada–and I’m in the mood to grill. Please pass along ideas for fabulous vegetarian grillables!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I hope you have enjoyed your long weekend Aimee. We also go meatless quite often and am always looking for delcious ideas such as this one.

  2. Ha, love the use of bacon fat! And the mint addition sounds lovely. I approve 🙂

  3. i just made some of these the other night and should post it. i must try the bacon fat-fabulous!!

  4. How about mixed veggie kebabs? Or a veggie kebab bar? We do that with the kids and allow them to customize what they put on their kebab (which means I don't have to fight with them to eat what's on their plate).

  5. One of my favs! I will be making this very soon.

  6. I love falafel but haven't tried making it at home yet, can't wait to give this a go!

    On Sunday check out my blog as I have a FABULOUS grilled veggie recipe, just in time for meatless monday 🙂

  7. I tried a meatless recipe last week.. but I don't think my husband is so easy to convince. This recipe looks delicious though.. maybe it's the perfect one to brake him. 😉

  8. OMG the pita bread was so easy to make! and delicious, I'm really thankful for this amazing recipe, btw I made this with bread flour (00 flour), and it worked just fine. Thank you so much!

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