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Falafel pita pockets with lemon-yogurt sauce

In order to bring you the best organic produce, some ingredients may differ from those depicted.

One-Pan Meal

Falafel pita pockets with lemon-yogurt sauce

Vegetarian, Family-Friendly

2 Servings, 680 Calories/Serving

20 – 35 Minutes

Coarsely mashed chickpeas and mushrooms are the secret to our masterfully crafted vegetarian falafels. Serve in pita pockets or on their own as part of a meze platter.

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1 bag serves 2 (2 bags serve 4)
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  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • 3 scallions
  • 2 ounces button mushrooms (such as cremini)
  • 1 pasture-raised organic egg
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • Falafel seasoning blend (whole wheat panko - all-purpose flour - granulated garlic - coriander - cumin)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 5 or 6 sprigs fresh mint
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1½ teaspoons harissa powder (optional)
  • 2 whole wheat pita breads
  • Sprouts (such as alfalfa or sunflower)
  • 2 tablespoons fried shallots (contains soy)

Ingredient IQ

A classic North African condiment, harissa is a bright, spicy blend of red chiles, cumin, and garlic. It’s used to add heat and depth to a variety of dishes, including salads, vegetables, kebabs, and even sandwiches.

Make It Ahead
The falafel patties (Step 1) can be prepared up to 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate the uncooked patties overnight, then proceed with the rest of the recipe the next day.

Nutrition per serving

Calories: 680, Protein: 25g (50% DV), Fiber: 13g (52% DV), Total Fat: 34g (52% DV), Monounsaturated Fat: 20g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 5g (25% DV), Cholesterol: 80mg (27% DV), Sodium: 430mg (18% DV), Carbohydrates: 71g (24% DV), Total Sugars: 6g, Added Sugars: 0g (0% DV).
Contains: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soybeans

Sodium does not include pantry salt; for reference, ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt per serving averages 240mg (10% DV). Not a significant source of trans fat. Packed in a facility that handles all major food allergens* and gluten. *Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans.

Instructions

2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in red)

Wash produce before use

1

Prepare the falafel

  • Rinse the chickpeas.
  • Trim the root ends from the scallions; finely chop the scallions.
  • Finely chop the mushrooms.
In a medium bowl, combine the chickpeas, scallions, mushrooms, egg, tahini, and falafel seasoning blend. Season generously with salt and pepper. Using a masher, fork, or the bottom of a bowl, mash to a coarse paste, mixing well to combine; be careful not to overmix. Using wet hands, form the mixture into four [eight] ½-inch-thick patties.

2

Cook the falafel

In a large frying pan over medium heat, warm 2 to 3 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Working in batches if needed, add the falafel patties and cook, turning once, until browned and crispy on the outside and hot within, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Add more oil between batches if needed. Transfer to a plate.
While the falafel cooks, prepare the lemon-yogurt sauce and garnishes.

3

Make the lemon-yogurt sauce; prep the garnishes

  • Juice half the lemon; cut the remaining half into wedges for garnish. [Juice 1 lemon; cut 1 lemon into wedges.]
  • Peel the cucumber, if desired, and trim off the ends; cut the cucumber in half lengthwise, then crosswise into thin half-moons.
  • Strip the mint leaves from the stems; coarsely chop the leaves.
In a small bowl, stir together the yogurt, 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] lemon juice, 1 tablespoon [2 TBL] oil, and as much harissa powder as you like. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4

Warm the pita breads

On the stovetop directly over a flame, or in a dry medium frying pan over medium heat, warm the pita breads, turning once, until lightly toasted, about 30 seconds per side. Alternatively, toast them in a toaster. Cut in half.

5

Serve

Fill the pita breads with the falafel and lemon-yogurt sauce. Garnish with the cucumber, mint, sprouts, and fried shallots. Serve with the lemon wedges.

Kids Can!

  • Rinse the chickpeas.
  • Juice the lemon.
  • Strip the mint leaves.
  • Stir together the lemon-yogurt sauce.

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