Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Baked Artichoke Falafel
I think the going to sleep at 3:00am and getting up at 6:30am has finally caught up to me (Alisa)! Alisa and I have been friends since 2007 and finally met this past weekend at BlogHer Food. It's so strange that we know each other so well yet we had never actually met...not even talked on the phone. She is just as sweet and adorable in person as she is by email. She lives on the West Coast though, so she was wide awake at night and my adrenaline kept me going. Now that the adrenaline is gone...I'm suffering. With a busy week around here, eating my regular diet full of nutrients (and lots of coffee) will definitely fuel me! I also feel better getting up and working out too. So, with a big bowl of oatmeal in me, my workout done and some coffee...I'm ready to go!

On a sad note from yesterday, my camera is still broken. I took it to Wolf, but they don't have Canons there anymore and since it will cost me about $250 just to send it off even if it's a bad battery (which I think it is), I had to make a little purchase yesterday. The guy at Wolf Camera was nice enough to give me the name of a place to take it to, but that's not happening today. We needed a point and shoot anyway, but I hate being forced to do things. So, I got a Canon A2200 Power Shot on super sale. Score! Yesterday brought me to a strange realization...my life is not dictated by my eating schedule any more. When you work from home, it's easy to have a schedule and get really used to it. It works for me, but when your running around and not within the reach of food...you loose the schedule. That's ok on my normal days, but on my super hungry days, I turn in to a bit of a teething two year old (monster). At any rate, I got a little camera and hopefully that will help out while the old girl is in the shop. Raise your hand if you hate spending money...yeah, my hand was raised high on that one!

So, with no camera, I started looking through my photos to see what got left behind. I realized last week when Christin was posting her hummus balls (by the way, she has some incredible looking dessert hummus balls too that I'm dying to make now) that I hadn't shared my Baked Artichoke Falafel from almost a month ago. !

Why? I don't know. I've loved taking these out of the freezer for quick snacks or toppers on my salads. Who needs croutons when you can have these? They are crunchy on the outside with a nice firm texture on the inside. The artichoke flavor really comes through and I love the texture they add to each bite. 

These little baked falafel bites came from me having a ton of leftover hummus in the fridge from our party night with friends a while back. I love hummus, but I also get burned out sometimes. I make huge batches at a time and this time, I just wanted something different. So, with extra artichoke hearts in the fridge from pizza night and a burning desire for falafel, Baked Artichoke Falafel was born. I am not a fried foods gal, so I was so happy that even with baking these, they turned out really crispy. 

Baked Artichoke Falafel
(makes 20)

1 1/3 cup hummus
1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
3 whole canned artichoke hearts, chopped
2 TBSP lemon juice or brine from the artichokes
2 tsp cumin

1 tsp corriander
1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degress. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients together until mixed well. Scoop about 2 TBSP worth for each ball and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until slightly browned on the top and bottom.

**When reheating these, I toasted them in the broiler.

This was over turmeric seasoned vegetables.

I loved this flavor and texture combination!

This was a cleaning out the fridge kind of night. I LOVE leftovers. Artichoke pizza with Artichoke Falafel over a bed of spinach and turmeric vegetables. This was a bowl of heaven for me!

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 11:03 AM  
  • At May 24, 2011 at 2:14 PM, Blogger lynn said…

    what a great creative idea! balls!

  • At May 24, 2011 at 2:33 PM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    How fun finally getting to meet your friend! Totally worth the late nights I'm sure. Kind of stinks about the camera, but at least you got a good deal. And the artichoke falafel??? Yes please - want 2 dozen ;-)

  • At May 24, 2011 at 2:37 PM, Anonymous Michelle said…

    Holy yum! These sound fab!

  • At May 24, 2011 at 2:50 PM, Blogger Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said…

    Holy moly, this sounds amazing.

  • At May 24, 2011 at 2:57 PM, Blogger LizNoVeggieGirl said…

    Hope you're able to get more sleep soon!

    Oh my, those falafels look amazing.

  • At May 24, 2011 at 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    These look JUST like something I need to make!! I'm marking this one!!!

  • At May 24, 2011 at 3:05 PM, Anonymous Jessica @ How Sweet said…

    OH my gosh, I would LOVE this.

  • At May 24, 2011 at 3:13 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    I love falafel and this is an awesome recipe, thanks Sarena!

    Make sure to take care of yourself and get rest - it can definitely catch up with you! <3

  • At May 24, 2011 at 3:52 PM, Anonymous Holly @ The Runny Egg said…

    So cool to finally meet your friend in real life!

    A salad with pizza and falafel balls sounds like a great meal to me.

  • At May 24, 2011 at 4:25 PM, Anonymous Averie said…

    i love artichokes!

    and ive been seeing dessert balls and cookies and baked goods with hummus/chickpeas EVERYWHERE the past week...i think i need to jump on board!

  • At May 24, 2011 at 4:46 PM, Anonymous Kristina @ spabettie said…

    that's so great you finally met Alisa! :) what a fun meeting it must have been, a "reunion" almost!

    I make an artichoke hummus, I would LOVE these! I like the idea of making a big batch and storing them in the freezer - it's getting to be that time of year when I crave many salads, and these would be great toppers!

    sorry about the camera!

  • At May 24, 2011 at 5:40 PM, Anonymous melissanibbles said…

    I love meeting other bloggers. We always have so much in common. I hope you get all your camera issues straightened out soon!

  • At May 24, 2011 at 5:42 PM, Anonymous lauren @ spiced plate said…

    i've been on such an artichoke craving streak lately, and paired with falafel! that sounds fantastic!

  • At May 24, 2011 at 7:42 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    so cool you and Alisa got to meet!! you two are both sweet ladies, would love to meet you guys

    and I have to make these balls they sound amazing!!!

  • At May 24, 2011 at 8:09 PM, Anonymous Alisa Fleming said…

    Yes, you aren't the only one to blame me for late night chats! Seriously, I try to get my own room at events for my own sanity and to avoid keeping a roomate up! I just get too excited - and yes the time change didn't help at all! But midnight west coast time is still way past my bedtime. I am finally caught up on sleep today, workouts start tomorrow :)

    Those falafels look awesome. Love the idea of adding artichoke!

  • At May 24, 2011 at 9:04 PM, Anonymous Not a "diet" Blog said…

    Thanks for showing another way to use artichokes. I have had some trouble with them in the past but am desperately trying to add them to my culinary (or lack there of) repetoire.

  • At May 25, 2011 at 12:41 AM, Blogger Holley @ Lunges and Lashes said…

    that falafel looks so great! nice and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside!

  • At May 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM, Blogger gfe--gluten free easily said…

    Hoping this comment will go through today ...

    Wow, I'm in love! These little bites look fabulous, Sarena! :-)

    And I so get staying up too late with Alisa talking!! I did it in March, but it was so much fun, it was worth the recovery time. ;-) Love Alisa! She's the real deal.

    Glad you found a deal on a PHD (Push Here Dummy as my husband says) camera! I don't like spending money either.


  • At May 25, 2011 at 4:17 PM, Anonymous Desi@ThePalatePeacemaker said…

    SARENA! I am kind of freaking out over this recipe. I've only just discovered my love for artichokes, and I've ALWAYS loved falafel... PLUS you've managed to steer clear of my long list of food intolerances with this recipe, so I'm pretty much excited out of my mind to make these! :o) Thank you! xo

  • At June 29, 2011 at 8:52 PM, Blogger Kim said…

    i cannot get over how DELICIOUS this looks. oh my.....!!!!! amazing combo of ingredients and it's healthy too. wonderful recipe!

  • At July 1, 2011 at 8:19 AM, Anonymous Carolina @ Peas in a Blog said…

    A girl after my own heart -- I love falafel so much!

  • At January 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM, Blogger Swati Saha said…

    Wow.. what a great falafel idea!

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