Fried Onion Falafel with Artichokes are just the best!!
One of the reasons Mark and I get along so well is that we have similar personalities. We are quiet, introverted homebodies who don’t have busy social lives; if we’re up late at night, it’s because we’re playing video games, not out at a party. We like to eat our dinner shortly after coming home from work, between 5:30 and 6:00, so we can spend the rest of the night relaxing. Now that we’re staying with my mom, however, this poses a bit of a problem, as my mom likes to eat dinner later in the evening. I’m usually in the kitchen finishing up when she wants to start cooking her meal. Space can get a bit tight, especially on the stove and countertops.
Nevertheless, sharing a kitchen has its perks. I was making falafel the other day when my mom casually mentioned, “I have fried onions in the cabinet that you can use anytime.” A lightbulb went off in my head and I thought, “Ooooh, fried onions in falafel!” When I ate falafel in Israel, it was frequently served with french fries; since I’m too lazy to heat the oven and make french fries on a hot summer day, I was planning to just skip this step. Thankfully, the fried onions added the same flavor and texture with zero cooking time. Genius!
You guys, this is seriously the best non-Israeli falafel I’ve ever had. (America, I’mma let you finish, but Israel has the best falafel of all time!) It’s crispy on the outside, without being too dry, and the inside is soft and melts in your mouth. The artichokes and tomato add a burst of sweetness, while the cucumber gives each bite a delicious crunch. It’s the perfect way to use the last of your summer produce.
We got our produce from Mark’s mom—she grew tomatoes and cucumbers in her garden, along with zucchini, yellow squash, and corn. I wish I had a green thumb so I could enjoy homegrown veggies year round. They were so good, my mom ended up using some of the tomatoes and cucumber to make her own sandwich. Sharing is caring, my friends.
Although my mom and I are learning to share ingredients and kitchen space, we only have a couple of months left before returning to our regular routines: Mark and I made an offer on another condo and it was accepted! The inspection was this past weekend and there were no major concerns. Now we just have to mail the signed bank paperwork and go over the condominium rules and regulations before settlement in November. Hopefully, the process will go more smoothly than last time. Keep your fingers crossed!
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2 cans (15.5 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed Try out our Fried Onion Falafel with Artichokes Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make Fried Onion Falafel with Artichokes
¼ cup parsley
¼ cup nutritional yeast
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp cumin
¼ cup fried onion pieces
1 can (15.5 oz) quartered artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed
4 slices pita bread
1 baby cucumber, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
2 cans (15.5 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Try out our Fried Onion Falafel with Artichokes Recipe and post your results below in the comments…