Meat-free Monday

I’m rather fond of the idea of meat-free Monday and to be honest I could do meat-free Everyday if it weren’t for chicken skin and pork crackling.

I have come to love vegetarian cooking of late, and along with Daniel’s wheat, lactose and nut intolerances it’s made life very interesting.

Tonight I made Baked Falafel, from a Patrick Holford recipe and Etienne actually ate it AND didn’t ask for meat afterwards.  Here goes:

Pre-heat oven to 200 deg C

  • 2 x 410g cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 tsp tahini
  • 10 spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 50g sesame seeds
  • 4tsp ground cumin
  • 2tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped

Blend ingredients until smooth then add:

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste

I normally butter a dish and cover the bottom with more sesame seeds and then spoon the mixture into balls and then sprinkle over more seeds.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

We had this with salad and some roast potatoes, easy meal in a hurry as we don’t even peel the potatoes, just quarter them and chuck them in the oven with some olive oil, salt and rosemary.

Daniel ate his whole falafel, Isabel didn’t even sniff hers (but ok, she’ll normally eat roadkill if you rinse it properly and she does have a cold) and Mignon ate a bite under duress.  But they all ate potatoes and salad so we shouldn’t complain.

I would have posted a photo, but I still have no idea how to upload photos to my computer from my fancy new iphone.  Don’t mock, it’s annoying.

I think Meat-free Monday is a great idea and want to post a vegetarian recipe every Monday from now on.  Trust me, if they aren’t easy to make they won’t be featured here and that’s a promise!

ps Party theme for the day: Barbie Christmas.  Really.

7 thoughts on “Meat-free Monday”

  1. Thanks for posting this. I haven’t really worked much with chickpeas so will definitely give this one a try. Am also trying to stop eating meat so would love your MFM recipes.

    Methinks you will have to set a deadline on party themes, write them all down and draw the winning theme out of a hat?

    1. Thanks Jules 🙂
      I’m going to nod and smile at the party themes and just convince them that my way is best. The girls are easy and they are in March, I’ll deal with that after. one party at a time..

  2. I also love meatless Mondays. I was a vegetarian for over 20 years so it really was a way of life for me. Thanks for the recipe – I look forward to getting one every week. We love falafels and usually have them with tzatziki, humous and salad in pita – yum! BTW What temperature and for how long do you bake your roast potatoes? PS With today’s party theme I’m seeing a white icing cake (snow) with a Barbie on skies.

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