Thursday, June 9, 2011
Baked Cauliflower Falafel and I Need Workout Video Suggestions!
Thursday, how in the world did that happen? This week is flying by in some ways, but not in others. Does that make any sense? I miss my boys so badly! A week and a half is just too long without them! It's been a crazy week with work for the illustrator, packing for me and on top of that, Tony's uncle is sick and in the hospital, so it's crazy where we are heading to this weekend too (he lives in TN). We really just need to get there, but we have so much that has to be completed before hand. So, baby steps!

The illustrator thinks I'm crazy because I've been getting up to workout even though I've been packing, but I have to have my me workout time. I like the structure of my workout plans. We are working on getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night so we can start to feel more refreshed and to catch up from lack of sleep this past weekend. I was exhausted this morning, but got up and started a boot camp followed by some yoga and now I'm feeling ready to go, go, go! Oh, speaking of workouts, I need suggestions on favorite workout videos! Right now I'm streaming things on Netflix, but I need to get a collection of my own. So, please leave suggestions if you use videos of any kind!

As for my eats as of late, I'm on operation clean out the fridge/freezer. I made a massive amount of hummus for our trip and I only ate a little of it so I turned to making some baked falafel, well sort of. This version is based off the artichoke falafel I made before, but this one has cauliflower in it. I had a bag of frozen cauliflower and a bag of frozen chopped onion hanging out in the freezer, so why not put them to good use? These were super crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. I love the texture combination and they were a perfect topper for my salad!

Baked Cauliflower Falafel
(makes 24)

1 16 oz bag frozen cauliflower, defrosted
1 cup chopped onion
2 1/3 cups hummus
1 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (I used Bob's Red Mill)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Pulse the cauliflower and onion in a food processor until it's finely chopped. It will look like this...

In a large bowl, mix the flour through pepper until well blended. Next add the cauliflower mixture and  hummus to the flour mixture and stir until completely combined. Scoop 1/4 cup balls out onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Allow to rest for 20 minutes.

These are even better the next day! They also freeze like a charm.

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 9:50 AM  
  • At June 9, 2011 at 10:01 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    Oh I wish I had some cauliflower. I have lots of hummus made up already. YUM. You know I will suggest Cathe of course. She has some great interval workouts and is coming out with a low-impact series soon. Some people like Amy Bento (I don't). But Cathe is my go-to gal.

  • At June 9, 2011 at 10:31 AM, Blogger Christina said…

    mmm cauliflower. i love these! i can't believe i've never made falafel before...gotta get on that. :)

  • At June 9, 2011 at 10:39 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    Well, you know me- I'm a big Jillian fan. She has 5 or 6 different videos out there, ranging in intensity. I'd suggest trying one other than The Shred (bc you can get that one OnDemand or in Exercise TV if you really want to try it...)

  • At June 9, 2011 at 11:01 AM, Anonymous Kristina @ spabettie said…

    I'm with Amy, I love Jillian and all of her videos. The only other that I have and LOVE is David Kirsch... I'm not home right now to see what the names are, but I have a couple and LOVE them! :)

    I hope Tony's uncle is on the mend... and that you have a great end of week and week end!

  • At June 9, 2011 at 11:35 AM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    What a creative recipe! I love falafel :)

  • At June 9, 2011 at 11:41 AM, Blogger lynn said…

    no workout video suggestions b/c i like gilad on exercise tv and everyone else seems to think he's a joke!

    brilliant recipe - will share on my fb wall!

  • At June 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM, Anonymous Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table said…

    I'm a P90X fan myself. Particularly the Ab Ripper X!

    I still have your artichoke falafels bookmarked to try! :)

  • At June 9, 2011 at 12:17 PM, Anonymous Holly @ The Runny Egg said…

    The falafel looks delicious and super easy to make!

    I'm glad you're making time for your workouts -- that is time for you!

    I like Jackie Warner and Jillian Michaels and I'm also a big Billy Blanks Taebo fan :)

  • At June 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    Cauliflower has to be my most favorite vegetable ever - I love this idea!
    I'm actually not much of a workout video person, but I LOVE Check it out!

  • At June 9, 2011 at 12:30 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Yum, these look awesome!! :) Great recipe.

    I am using a bunch of Jillian Michaels dvds at the moment - Boost Your Metabolism, No More Trouble Zones and 30 Day Shred. They are great for quick, high intensity workouts. Make me feel strong!

    Hang in there with the craziness! I'm thinking of you. :)

  • At June 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    I do Jillian-- I'm also a big fan of the 10 minute solution workouts (although they're definitely MUCH easier than the Jillian ones). I've been wanting to branch out into Cathe-land. So many people LOVE her!

  • At June 9, 2011 at 1:01 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    i saw this once with broccoli. I bet cauliflower is even better. Falafel has a special place in my heart. mmm.

  • At June 9, 2011 at 1:22 PM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    Like everyone in the world, I like Jillian, but I've been doing Jackie Warner's Workout video recently and I LOVE it. Totally kicks my butt.

  • At June 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM, Anonymous Rachel said…

    I'm a big fan of P90X myself. They're quite a time commitment, but you can't deny the results! If they seem daunting, try starting with P90. Simpler and shorter, but still great workouts. And the falafels look so good!

  • At June 9, 2011 at 3:13 PM, Anonymous jess@HealthyExposures said…

    The falafel looks awesome! I want some for my salad. And I need to hop on the frozen chopped onion bandwagon - I didn't even know that existed. I've come to kind of hate chopping onions though, lol.
    Workout vids...I can't believe I'm about to say this, but I'm loving Bodyrock tv lately. I used to hate the vids - they just made me feel really awkward to watch, the way they're filmed and all...but once I got past that, the moves and workouts are actually really good and fun! I like that they're intervals, as well. I find myself randomly doing some of the moves throughout the day now, lol. I'm always on the hunt for good vids though, so let us know what you went with!

  • At June 9, 2011 at 3:17 PM, Blogger sara said…

    YUMTASTIC on the cauli!

    I love Kimberly Spreen's kickboxing dvd's.

  • At June 9, 2011 at 7:23 PM, Anonymous lee said…

    I did Core Fusion last weekend and I really like that one.

  • At June 10, 2011 at 8:03 AM, Anonymous Steph @ A Life Without Ice Cream said…

    I haven't heard of using cauliflower in falafel but I'm super intrigued and will have to try this recipe out! Looks amazing!

  • At June 10, 2011 at 10:37 PM, Anonymous heather @ Kiss My Broccoli said…

    Whoa...hello! I have ALL the ingredients for this only with fresh cauliflower! Thank you! I was wondering what I was gonna do with that thing! It's the only veggie I haven't polished off yet from my trip to the farmer's market 2 weeks ago!

    My favorite workout video is Jackie Warner's Timesaver Training! The sweaty-ess 30 minutes of my life...workout wise anyway...I know I don't have to mention our TN humidity! ;)

  • At June 11, 2011 at 3:24 PM, Anonymous trish said…

    I'm addicted to the Physique 57 dvd's.

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  • At March 28, 2013 at 2:37 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    Heather @ Kiss my Broccoli told me this was her fav falafel recipe, so I have to try it :D She also said you have the best recipes ;) NEW READER AND FRIEND <3

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