Baked pistachio-tempeh herbed falafel with collard wraps

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These falafel wraps are so YUMMY! Light, yet equally satisfying. I love them with the collard wraps, but you could serve them with pita or a whole grain instead. A yogurt-based sauce would also be divine in place of the tahini. If you are sensitive or allergic to soy, you can substitute the tempeh for 2 cups of chickpeas.  The falafel will keep well in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. I ate the wraps a few times this week and added different toppings for variation: avocado, radish, cilantro, fennel fronds, sautéed thyme mushrooms and onions, and shaved golden beets , celery root, carrot + lemon & za’atar tahini dressing on every wrap because that sauce is just THAT good. The tempeh balls are also great simply added to salads or roasted veggie bowls.

 

 

 

Ingredients

Falafel: serves 3-6

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  • 1/4 cup fresh mint 
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup raw pistachios (cashews are delicious too) 
  • 6 oz. tempeh ( about 2 cups), crumbled 
  • 1/2 cup shallot, diced
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. nut flour OR flaxseed (almond or brazil nut are great choices)
  • 1 tsp. cumin 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

Tahini sauce:

  • 4 tbsp. tahini
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. warm water
  • Juice of 1/2-1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. za'atar
  • 1-2 cloves raw garlic, pressed
  • salt + pepper to taste 

How To 

  •  Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper 
  •   Pulse mint, parsley, and pistachios in food processor until well chopped. Add the tempeh, shallot, garlic, olive oil, cumin, nut flour, baking soda, salt and pepper. Blend for about 20-30 seconds until mixture is well combined, but not smooth 
  • Roll falafel dough into 12-15 balls. Place them on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 minutes, turning halfway through. Falafel should be browned on both sides. 
  • Meanwhile, make the tahini sauce by whisking all ingredients together in a small bowl. Prep veggies for wraps
  • Assemble the wraps (adding whichever toppings from my aforementioned list or whichever toppings appeal to you!) drizzle the dressing and enjoy! 

Health Perks

Easy and quick  

vegetarian & vegan

increases satiety 

high fiber & protein 

Good for digestion

Natural probiotics (fermentation)

Omega-3 fatty acids 

Muscle-building protein

Reduces cholesterol 

heart healthy

Rich source of mangaense

Reduces menopausal symptoms 

Anti-inflammatory 

Kid Friendly 

Increases bone density 

Antioxidants