Who doesn’t love a falafel Pita bread?
We all know that time is precious and sometimes planning long and involved meals can be … well time consuming. That’s why we decided to start a new series of “Quick meals” onto our blog to help you get tasty, healthy, filling meals all whipped up in the knick of time. Quick meals so you can spend more time enjoying them with your family and loved ones. Quick and easy to make meals so you can spend time on the things in your life that really matter without neglecting your taste buds or your health.
Having something quick on hand to make that is also versatile is such a win for anyone really but even more so for families as you never know when you may need a quick emergency meal. Am I right mums?
So why do we LOVE Outcast foods Falafel mix?
Whats not to love. This locally made, proudly South African brand is taking all the effort out of making quality, good for you, good for the planet, plant-based pre-mixes that are beyond easy even the Dads can make this one [Dads…you’ve got this]
- Their pulses are activated to increase nutrient absorption.
- No gluten, No fillers, No preservatives & No additives. Just pure quality ingredients where natural flavours are brought to life… and these falafels pack a full flavour power house.
- Halaal & Kosher certified
- Just add water…
Yes you read that correctly. JUST ADD WATER. I told you the team over at Outcast foods, have done all the hard graft and now its time for us to simply enjoy.
So why should we ‘Eat More plants’?
Besides the ethical, personal reasons, which we won’t go into as I strongly believe each to their own, the health benefits for your personally and the planet make it worth adding more plant-based meals into your daily repertoire for sure.
It supports your immune system.
- Plants have essential nutrients that you cannot get from other foods. The vitamins and minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants in plants help keep your cells healthy and your body in balance so that your immune system can function at its best.
Plant foods reduce inflammation.
- Plants’ essential nutrients work to resolve inflammation in your body. The same tiny phytochemicals and antioxidants that boost your immune system also go around your body neutralizing toxins from pollution, processed food, bacteria, viruses and more.
A plant-based diet helps maintain a healthy weight.
- Staying at a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk for cancer
Plants are high in fiber.
- Fiber is present in all unprocessed plant foods. It is what makes up the structure of the plant, and if you eat more of it you access a whole host of benefits.
- Eating a plant-based diet improves the health of your gut so you are better able to absorb the nutrients from food that support your immune system and reduce inflammation.
- Fiber can lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar and it’s great for good bowel management.
Want to read up more on the benefits – take a look here
So not only is this quick and easy meal a time saving, taste bud tantalising delight… but also good for your overall health and wellness.
Did you know its also good for the PLANET?
- A plant-based diet can help reduce greenhouse gases, preserve water and land, and save lives according to an article on PCRM
- Reduces the impacts of climate change – food production is responsible for up to 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions, with animal products accounting for about three-quarters of these effects.
- Saves water – Agriculture accounts for about 70% of freshwater use, making it “the world’s largest water-consuming sector.”
- Minimises the use of land for agricultural purposes – One report found that agriculture occupies 40% of Earth’s ice-free landmass, noting that animal products have a large environmental footprint on our croplands.
- Can alleviate hunger – Animal agriculture uses resources inefficiently. On an article about a plant based lifestyle was that more than 820 million people around the world lack sufficient food. It also noted that “almost two thirds of all soybeans, maize, barley, and about a third of all grains are used as feed for animals.”
So no matter how you look at this delicious, quick and easy to make Falafel meal – its making a difference. Now that’s the kind of eating i’m after.
For The Falafels
- You can Easily make these ahead of time so you simply add to your pita at meal time. they keep really well and are also a great snack on their own with hummus or tahini
- Mix the falafel mix and boiling water together * Only just. Cover with a plate and rest for 10 minutes
- Roll small balls - roughly 2cm in diameter and set aside for cooking.
- You can either fry them in a little oil in a pan or you can bake them in the oven like I have.
- Toast your pita breads.
- Mash some avocado and mix with tahini, lemon juice and salt. Smeer in the pita breads and fill with lettuce, shaved cabbage and the falafels, and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
Like the idea of our “quick recipe series”? Please let us know what you would like more of and we can tailor it to your needs. Stay tuned as we have more beautifully created recipes coming your way created for us especially by Amy over at An Earthen Life