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Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl Recipe with Falafel and Garlic Tahini Sauce

Take your weeknight meals to the next level with this Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl Recipe with Falafel and Garlic Tahini Sauce.
Course Main
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 685kcal
Author Chef Billy Parisi

Ingredients

For the Falafel:

  • 1 cup of dried Bob's Red Mill Chickpeas submerged in water overnight and drained
  • ½ peeled and roughly chopped yellow onion
  • ¼ cup of Italian parsley leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • oil for frying
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

For the Garlic Tahini Sauce:

  • ½ cup of tahini
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 finely minced garlic cloves
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

For the Bowl:

  • 6 cups of cooked Bob's Red Mill Quinoa
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes roasted or raw
  • 2 cups of sliced dill pickles
  • 1 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 cups of packed baby spinach
  • 1 cup of assorted pitted Mediterranean olives
  • micro-greens for garnish
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add the drained chickpeas to a food processor along with the onion, parsley, garlic, baking powder, cumin and salt and pepper and process until it becomes like a meal.
  • Using your hands mold golf ball sized balls or smaller from the chickpea batter and set them aside.
  • Heat the grapeseed oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat until it reaches 375°.
  • Add in the falafel and cook for 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side or until golden browned and cooked in the center. Drain on a paper towel once they are done cooking.
  • Tahini - Whisk together all the ingredients in a medium size bowl and keep cool until ready to serve.
  • To Plate: Place 1 cup of cooked quinoa into a bowl and garnish with tomatoes, pickles, feta, spinach, olives, cooked falafel, tahini and micro greens. Serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 685kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 1090mg | Potassium: 1298mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 46.6% | Vitamin C: 36% | Calcium: 32.5% | Iron: 48.2%