Focusing on You Personal Training works hard to provide you with the best advice, hints and tips to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. If you’re in need of inspiration for a low-fat, high protein dinner that will please even fussy eaters then look no further. These falafels are simple to make, full of flavour and are great fun to eat.
For the falafel:
1 red onion or 2 shallots or 3-4 spring onions
1 clove garlic
1 tin chickpeas
A handful of fresh parsley and/or coriander
4 tablespoons of wholemeal flour
squeeze of lemon juice
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
pinch of salt
Wholemeal pitta breads
Selection of fresh vegetables: e.g. lettuce, spinach, cucumber, tomato, grated carrot and grated beetroot, depending on preference.
Preheat your oven to 190c or gas mark 5. Place the ingredients for the falafel in a food processor. Make sure you remove the stalks of the fresh herbs. Give the mixture a few grinds of black pepper, a dash of olive oil and blitz until you have a rough textured paste. Use the hollow of your palm to shape these into small rounds, and place on an oiled baking sheet and brush the tops with a few drops olive oil. Bake for around 25 minutes, turning over halfway to make sure they’re evenly cooked.
Meanwhile, slice or chop your vegetables and place on a large plate with a dish of hummus. Toast pitta breads, or place in the oven for a few minutes toward the end of the falafel cooking.
When they are done, split the pitta breads in half, transfer the falafel to a plate and get filling with a selection of vegetables, hummus, and if you’re feeling brave, a dash of hot sauce!
This recipe has been made healthier by baking the falafel instead of frying. Your personal trainer will be happy to make suggestions on how to improve your favourite dishes to reduce saturated fat and calories. You can view other great healthy meals on our Nutrition page.