I love falafel, but it’s not the kind of thing I can make from scratch on an average day. Okay, I’m probably not making this from scratch ever. There’s little incentive to when you can make a tasty falafel pita pocket starting from Trader Joe’s pre-made falafel, which I think are delicious and very authentic tasting. But you do need to doctor the dish up for full effect. For the uninitiated, falafel is a vegetarian Middle Eastern dish that’s like chickpea chicken nugget of sorts, minus the meat. The chickpeas, spices, and sometimes fava beans are mashed and formed into a little patty and deep-fried. It’s considered a fast food/street food, but if you throw in a good amount of veggies it makes a healthy lunch and is great for on-the-go.
Melty Falafel Pita Pocket
Whole wheat pita pocket, cut in half
Pre-made falafel, such as Trader Joe’s
Heat oven to 375.
Cook falafel according to package instructions. Set aside. Spread 3-4 heaping tablespoons of hummus in pita pocket half. Add 3 falafels, halved. Top with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and about a tablespoon feta cheese. Spray pita pocket with cooking spray and heat in oven until hummus is warmed and melty, about five minutes. Enjoy!
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