Easy Falafel Balls
These easy pan fried falafel balls are made with simple ingredients, lots of flavor, and are a vegetarian, gluten-free friendly way to pack nutrients into a meal! Served with pita and hummus, they’re an easy meal to prep.
On the weekends, we tend to go out to restaurants a lot with Luca. It’s a nice break for me from cooking and cleaning all week, but also a great way to expose Luca to restaurants and being out to eat. We want him to be comfortable with eating at restaurants, because we love dining out and want him to be involved!
One of his favorite places to go to is CAVA, which is a quick service restaurant that serves up Mediterranean style “bowls.” He’s obsessed with their falafel and pita. Of course, the falafel is amazing because it’s crispy and probably deep fried (yum!), and I don’t know what the ingredients are, so, since he already likes falafel flavors, I figured I’d make my own version at home!
These falafel balls aren’t as crispy as the restaurant version, but they get the job done – and Luca gobbled a couple up! They’re soft on the inside but firm enough so they won’t turn to mush when your little one bites into it. They also have a nice crusty exterior, thanks to cooking in a pan with oil. You could also oven bake them, but they wouldn’t have that crispiness that we want!
These freeze well and reheat easily – they’re truly a meal prep friendly recipe! I like to serve them with pita, a veggie, and hummus (although Luca still hasn’t caught on to hummus, but we keep offering it.)
What are some of your favorite restaurant meals for your little ones that you’d like me to recreate so you can make it at home?