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Herby Vegan Falafel w/ Smoky Red Pepper Dip

Herby Vegan Falafel w/ Smoky Red Pepper Dip | Well and Full | #healthy #recipe

This post has been created in collaboration with Pacific Foods. All opinions are my own!


Hi everyone! I’m so so so excited to bring this recipe to you today, because it’s one of my favorites that I’ve created. I absolutely love falafel, and this version with herbs is super tasty. But my favorite thing about this recipe, by far, is the smoky red pepper dip. OHMYGOSH. If you have a spare 5 minutes in your day, MAKE THIS SAUCE. It’s so versatile; you could use it as a dip, salad dressing, pasta sauce, or even swirled into hummus!! Plus, who can beat that vibrant red color?

The red pepper dip gets its creaminess from Pacific Foods Hemp Unsweetened Original Non-Dairy Beverage – you wouldn’t believe that it’s vegan! I love using hemp products because they’re an amazing, plant-based source of Omega-3 fatty acids (which are crucial for a healthy brain!). This would be a great recipe to give the kiddos as a dip for their french fries or veggie nuggets, too. Way better than ketchup, in my opinion! ;)

All in all, if you’re looking for a delicious, simple plant-based recipe to try, this is the one for you. This would be the type of thing to make for someone if they think that vegan food is boring – you’ll convince them to go plant-based in no time!

Herby Vegan Falafel w/ Smoky Red Pepper Dip | Well and Full | #healthy #recipeHerby Vegan Falafel w/ Smoky Red Pepper Dip | Well and Full | #healthy #recipe

Herby Vegan Falafel w/ Smoky Red Pepper Dip

These herby vegan falafel made with parsley and cilantro are paired perfectly with a smoky, creamy red pepper dip!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

Herby Vegan Falafel

  • 1 15 oz Can Chickpeas rinsed and dried
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 Cup Red Onion chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Parlsey packed
  • 1/2 Cup Cilantro packed
  • 1 Cup Kale packed
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 3 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • Black Pepper to taste

Smoky Red Pepper Dip

  • 1 Clove Garlic chopped
  • 1 Cup Chopped Fire-Roasted Sweet Peppers about 2 1/2
  • 1/2 Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 Tsp Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt or more to taste
  • 2 Tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbs Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Hemp Milk

Instructions

Herby Vegan Falafel

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Rinse and drain your can of chickpeas, making sure to dry them completely. (If using home-cooked chickpeas, you'll need 1 and a 1/2 cups.) When done, set aside.

  3. In a food processor, add in the chopped garlic and chopped red onion. Pulse until both are finely minced.

  4. Then, add in the parsley, cilantro, and kale and pulse until finely chopped.

  5. Add in all other ingredients and and process until a sort of "meal" is formed. Be careful not to overprocess - you'll want to see small chunks of chickpeas in the meal!

  6. Scoop out the falafel mix using an ice cream or cookie scoop (or by hand) and form little patties with your hands. You should have about 10-12.

  7. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, bake falafels in the oven for about 20-30 minutes (may vary depending on the size of your falafels).

  8. When done, let cool completely. This is a very important step - the falafel will be very fragile when they're first out of the oven.

  9. For crispier falafel, sauté in a pan on medium-high heat with a little olive oil until browned. If not, enjoy as is!

Smoky Red Pepper Dip

  1. Start by chopping the garlic and roasted red sweet peppers (this will make it easier for the blender).

  2. Add in all ingredients to a high-speed blender, and blend on high until the sauce is completely smooth and creamy.

Putting It All Together

  1. The falafel are delicious when simply dipped in the red pepper sauce, but you can also serve them on top of a salad, drizzled with the sauce too!

  2. Enjoy!

Herby Vegan Falafel w/ Smoky Red Pepper Dip | Well and Full | #healthy #recipeHerby Vegan Falafel w/ Smoky Red Pepper Dip | Well and Full | #healthy #recipe

P.S.

If you make this recipe and post it on Instagram, be sure to tag me @wellandfull and #wellandfull so I can see! I love seeing your takes on my recipes :)

7 Comments

  • Reply
    Meredith Youngson | Earth & Oven
    July 16, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    This dip sounds like fire, Sarah. Love the creative alternative to traditional tahini and hummus. Bookmarked!

  • Reply
    Addison
    July 16, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    This looks scrumptious. Thanks for sharing

    • Reply
      Sarah
      July 17, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Thanks for your kind words, Addison! :) I hope you like the recipe!

  • Reply
    Ruby
    July 18, 2018 at 3:58 am

    I want to eat absolutely everything with that red pepper dip. It looks amazing! Being a big falafel fan, I can’t wait to try this whole recipe :)

    • Reply
      Sarah
      July 19, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Aww thanks Ruby!! :)

  • Reply
    Jess @choosingchia
    July 18, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Falafel is one of my favourites too and that sauce looks delicious! I’ve had a roasted red pepper dip with falafel before that goes so well, so I can imagine the red pepper sauce but be so great too!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      July 19, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks girl! I love roasted red pepper anything :)

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