This recipe was created for our Vegan cookery classes, it’s a healthy option which is big on taste – the chickpeas in the falafel are high in protein (19g of protein per 100g) their nutty taste and grainy texture pairs well with the beetroot (which can help with lowering blood pressure and weight loss). This recipe developed by our Fit Food chef has many additional healthy ingredients to add flavour, texture and benefits to the meal.
The recipe was used as a starter in the cookery classes but could easily be a main dish.
For the baked cauliflower
- 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1tbsp of Cajun spice
- 1tbsp of olive oil
- 4tbsn of hot sauce (we like Frank’s hot sauce)
- 2tbsp of coconut oil
- 2 peeled tomatoes
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 2tbsp of coconut yoghurt
For the beetroot falafel
- 1 tin of chickpeas
- 1tbsp of olive oil
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- 2 cloves of crushed garlic
- 4tbsp of flaxseed
- 1 small beetroot, choose steamed or bake yourself
- 1tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp turmeric
- Handful of chopped coriander and parsley
- Sauté the onion, garlic and spices, add into a food processor with the rest of the ingredients and pulse a few times. Adjust the seasoning to taste, then form the falafels. Place onto a sheet of baking paper and into the oven, bake until crispy but not dry (this depends on shape and size of your falafel, you can always eat one and try).
Almost as important as the taste of the food, making it look nice will make your taste buds happy before you even begin. these additional ingredients will make the plate look great.
To finalise and assemble our salad
- 4tbsp of pomegranates
- Mixed leaf (or shredded baby gem)
- 1 red onion sliced
- Handful of cherry tomatoes.
Jan Cron – Kitchen Maverick
Has spent a lifetime learning the best cooking techniques and perfecting flavours, if 70% of being healthy is what you eat and 30% exercise then we need to concentrate on getting the best balance of tasty food into our bodies. He’s gone back to school to learn about nutrition, to research relevant, irrelevant and utterly absurd diets, so you don’t have to.