Homemade Falafel + DF Tzatziki Recipe

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It has finally arrived!! The recipe to my homemade falafel and dairy free tzatziki. I made this a few weeks ago, taking you all along with me through insta-stories. While my content is typically fashion and styling, health and wellness are a huge part of my life! That being said I come from a 100% Greek household where dinner was made from scratch every single night and rarely did we go out for dinner or grab fast food. While I hated that growing up, I notice myself gravitating towards cooking on my home more than going out as I get older (ugh sigh I'm like a real adult now). Naturally I take you all along with me in almost everything I do (sorry for the over shares) so you have by now seen me quite a few times in the kitchen. 

I was CRAVING my mom's homemade tzatziki one night so I decided to create a little dinner inspired by the home land to satisfy my Greek tooth (yes, this is where you crave your yiayia's food that was forced down your throat during your childhood). I could not believe the amount of people that wanted my dairy free version of this Greek staple so of course I take to the blog, and here we are! 

 

Read below how to make my incredibly EASY homemade falafel and tzatziki!

 chopped onions, cilantro, parsley, and dill

chopped onions, cilantro, parsley, and dill

 chickpeas, baking soda, parsley, onion, cumin, salt + pepper, cilantro, minced garlic- BLEND

chickpeas, baking soda, parsley, onion, cumin, salt + pepper, cilantro, minced garlic- BLEND

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Ingredients

1 15oz can chickpeas

Handful of parsley (about 1/8-1/4 cup)

Handful of cilantro (about 1/8-1/4 cup)

1/4 of a yellow onion (diced)

1 Tsp minced garlic

1 1/2 Tsp Cumin (add more/less to taste)

1/2 Tsp Baking Soda

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Salt + Pepper to taste - I also like to squeeze a little lemon into this mix but that can be completely left up to you!

 

Prepare

Set oven to 400 degrees

Chop up onion, parsley, + cilantro - set aside

add all ingredients to a high powered blender- I use a Vitamix Professional Series 750 this machine is TO DIE FOR, if you are contemplating on whether or not to take the plunge for a Vitamix I cannot rave enough about them. If you do not have one, no worries! Any higher powered blender will do the trick!

Blend the ingrediants until smooth (I like to leave mine a little chunky, you do not want it to look like soup)

Taste falafel mixture + adjust to your liking

Wrap a baking sheet in aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray ( I use olive oil cooking spray)

Begin scooping out the falafel and pressing in to small patties (reference above photo with mixture on baking sheet for size)

Fill baking sheet with your mini patties, and once covered spray your cooking spray of choice over top of the uncooked patties.

Cook for 25 min (may need an addition 10 - 20 more minutes depending on your oven)

Take out, cool, and serve over rice, in a pita, or lettuce wrap!

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DAIRY FREE TZATZIKI

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 grated cucumber in bowl

grated cucumber in bowl

 make sure to squeeze the cucumber with a few paper towels to ensure most water is out! IMPORTANT STEP

make sure to squeeze the cucumber with a few paper towels to ensure most water is out! IMPORTANT STEP

Ingredients

1 personal container of DF plain Greek Yogurt 

  ** I recommend Kite Hill plain Greek Yogurt! Out of all the brands I have tried this is the closest tasting to dairy Greek yogurt. For this recipe I have used Ripple plain Greek yogurt and the taste was not accurate. I would not recommend this brand for this particular recipe**

1/2 Cucumber

1/4 cup dill

1 1/2 tsp garlic

1 tsp apple cider vinager

1/2 tsp olive oil

salt + pepper to taste

 

Prepare

Begin by grating your entire half of a cucumber into a large bowl- use the larger side of your grader to ensure your cumber is not too fine, reference above photo.

Once you have grated your cucumber, take the shaving into a few paper towels and squeeze the excess water out. This is a very important step! If this step is not completed it will leave your tzatziki too runny and and the consistency we want it to be at.

Place the dried out cucumber into a new bowl, add in your DF Greek yogurt and remaining ingredients.

Mix ingredients and serve!