Incorporating as much green leafy vegetables as I can to my diet is one of my main health priorities. They are such great sources of nourishment for the mind and body. If you’re treating your body well by providing it with nutritious food, the good health of your mental state will only come naturally.
That is why I try my best to at least have a good generous serving of green leafy vegetables each day. Whether it’s from my favourite green smoothie (recipe here), salad or anything else, I’m always up for it. And when I create something new and delicious, I’m over the moon!
This dish is no different. I was craving for something exotic and Middle-Eastern inspired as I do love their types of food. I decided to make a falafel but with my own twist. I decided to add Kale and use oat flour to make it fully gluten-free. SO HAPPY! As for my favourite Tzatziki, I had to try making it with coconut yogurt and the results made me deliriously happy. Don’t mind my mashed avo and artichoke toast on the side. I was craving for it too and I thought, why not? It made the perfect spicy accompaniment.
Falafel Ingredients (makes 7-8 falafels)
3 stems of Kale
1 cup cooked chickpeas
2 tbsp tahini
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp cumin
salt & pepper
gluten-free oat flour (if mixture is too wet)
1. Place all ingredients (except oat flour) to a food processor. Process till crumbled and mixed well.
2. Hand-mould mixture to falafel of preferred size. If mixture is too wet, add some oat flour a tablespoon at a time.
3. Heat olive oil in a pan and place the moulded falafels. Cook till both sides are browned. Depending on heat and size, each side takes about 5-6 minutes.
Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients
1 cup plain Greek yoghurt or coconut yoghurt for vegan version
1 cucumber, shredded
handful of dill
1 tbsp real maple
pinch of salt
1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Add ingredients according to taste.