I don't how if I can stress enough how hard my life is right now.
I've had a lot of free time lately. Like probably too much. One day, at 2:00, I took a bubble bath and drank a bottle of wine simply because I could.
I can spend hours laying around doing nothing, and then go to a local coffee shop and spend hours working on this blog and applying for jobs. Lucky for you guys, it also means I have a lot of free time to do meal prep. Here's the most recent:
(I also threw in some bonus pictures of my dog because he happened to be very photogenic today)
2 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
5 medium carrots, peeled and grated
1 clove of garlic, very finely minced
1 tbs. onion powder
1 cup breadcrumbs or panko
2 tbs. mint leaves
1/4-1/3 cup feta
Salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
In a blender or food processor, combine the feta, chickpeas, mint leaved and eggs. Blend until smooth, or slightly lumpy. I used a blender to do it so it turned out kind of chunky, but that's ok. Just adds texture. You may need to add a little bit of water at this point to get it to blend if you're having a hard time. I would just do a tablespoon at a time and see how it goes.
In a large bowl, combine the grated carrot, garlic, chickpea mixture, and breadcrumbs and mix to combine. I just use my hands to really mix it together well. Then mix in salt, pepper and cayenne if you so choose.
Once it is mixed together thoroughly, form it into small patties, about an 1 1/2 inches in diameter and a 1/4 inch thick.
Place on a baking sheet that has been covered with wax paper. When the tray is full, put it in the freezer and wait about 15-20 minutes. Put in a large ziplock, place in freezer, and repeat until all of the mixture has been used up.
When you're ready to make one, simply heat some oil over low heat in a pan and fry them up until they are golden brown on each side (and not frozen anymore, obviously).
I made about 25 falafel patties with this recipe and love that they can be kept in the freezer until I want to use them. Last time I made something similar to this, I cooked them all up - which is an absurd amount of falafel to have for one person.
I served mine up with some pita, a salad blend and tatziki. Enjoy it!
I'm Kirsten. Big time foodie, all around goofball, and freelance marketer.