Falafel? Fal-awesome!

Please excuse my not-so-stuble and entirely dorky post title. I just have a real problem with containing my enthusiasm for a still delicious, healthfully improved take on one of my favorite dishes.

More on that later.

First, there was another reason to be excited this morning: Overnight Oats in a Jar. Seriously, the angels must have dreamed this one up…

Consumed: 1 nonfat vanilla yogurt mixed with 1/4 C raw oats, 1/2 t chia seeds, splash of milk and sprinkle of blueberries. All mixed in a near-empty peanut butter jar and left in the fridge overnight.

Then, because there are only a few weeks left to go until finals, I did the natural thing: Avoid studying and work on preparing an extra delicious lunch.

Whereas studying for my Western Civilization, Chinese history and First Amendment courses creates a lot of stress, what to make for lunch was a natural decision after getting inspiration for a new recipe.

Roasted Red Pepper Falafel


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 T diced roasted red peppers
  • 2 T whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1/4 t cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra olive oil


  • Thoroughly mash chickpeas with a fork (or food processor).
  • Heat a medium skillet to medium-high heat. Add diced onion and a bit of olive oil. Lightly saute.
  • Add sautéed onion, garlic, roasted red peppers, spices, flour and olive oil to the mashed chickpeas in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Form into ~10 balls.
  • Spritz pan with olive oil and reheat it to medium heat
  • Cook chickpea balls until brown on all sides.

Fast-forwarding through a freezing journey to class, actual class and some quality time at the recreation center, I was more than ready to dig into la-la-la-lunch. (So necessary.)

Consumed: 1 Flat-Out wrap, roasted red pepper, lettuce, hummus, feta cheese and FALAFEL!

Tragically, my luck with all things edible then took a turn for the worse.

It all began with good intentions of bringing in a fresh batch of cookies for my last (!!) Tuesday night copy editing shift. Unfortunately, my cookies turned out a bit more like puddles.

Despite appearances, the taste was spot on and my fellow editors were more than willing to overlook the flaws and eat ’em up. But, for blog’s sake, I’ll save the recipe until it’s aesthetically improved…

My next food fail was definitely more devastating. As a clue, tell me what’s wrong with this picture:

Stupid me was a little too quick to buy the “vegetable and pasta” soup and failed to notice that it’s made with chicken broth and chicken fat… Definite vegetarian faux pas.

My saving grace was a good, thick peanut butter and banana sandwich.

As any good meal should be, this was rounded out with fruit (clementines) and a few extra cookies.

Mental note: Instead of “Pursing Healthfulness,” maybe I should work on “Pursuing Intelligence” and read a few ingredient lists. Sigh.

Questions: Do you ever accidentally buy things with ingredients you later realize you don’t want?


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