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Baked Falafel Couscous Bowls

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 4 -6

Ingredients

Falafel

  • 1 cup canned chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fully-cooked green lentils
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small jalapeno seeded and stemmed, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • pinch of ground cayenne pepper
  • pinch of ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chickpea flour or other flour of choice

Couscous Bowls

  • 1 pound of carrots peeled and sliced
  • ½ head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 large zucchini sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups fully-cooked Israeli couscous rice or pasta may be substituted
  • cups chopped red cabbage
  • ½ cup mixed nuts
  • Creamy peanut dressing I used a store-bought version

Instructions

Falafel

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with foil. Spray it with a nonstick spray and set aside.
  • Combine the chickpeas, lentils, parsley, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, olive oil, lemon zest, salt, onion powder, cayenne pepper and cumin in the bowl of your food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together and is broken down substantially (about 10-12 pulses). Fold in the chickpea flour, and then form the mixture into 8 equal-sized balls. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and place them in the oven. Bake the falafel for 20 minutes and then remove from the oven to cool slightly.

Couscous Bowls

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with a nonstick spray. Place the carrots, cauliflower florets, and zucchini on the prepare baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, black pepper, and paprika. Toss the veggies to combine and then place the pan in the oven. Roast the vegetables for 25 minutes, tossing them once. Remove them from the oven.
  • Prepare the baked falafel couscous bowls by layering roasted veggies, baked falafel, red cabbage, and mixed nuts on a bed of Israeli couscous. Drizzle with creamy peanut dressing (or dressing of choice). Enjoy immediately!