Falafel Friday

My roommates are gone for Easter break, I’m hanging out alone, and it’s been dark and rainy all day, so I decided to make something easy and watch Harry Potter all night.

I’ve had this box of Fantastic World Foods falafel mix in my pantry for almost a year.  I don’t use pre-made meals very often, but they definitely come in handy from time-to-time.

This meal is vaguely a cheap shot, since there wasn’t much of a recipe to follow to make this.

The falafel mix I bought from Fantastic World Foods:

http://www.fantasticfoods.com/

I got it at my local supermarket in Minnesota, but it is sold mostly nation wide.

In an Arnold’s Whole Wheat “Fill ’ems” I put a squirt of ground dijon and yellow mustard then popped the falafel balls into them.

Easy-Peasy.

I followed the recipe on the Fantastic Foods for simmering them in vegetable oil, but I used olive oil instead, because I am out of vegetable oil- then put them in the oven to broil for 2 minutes to brown them up a little bit.

It was still extremely tasty.

Nom Nom.

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Tacos out of a box?…

Tonight I was in a hurry so I made tacos out of a box instead of making it myself… Fantastic World Foods

I found a few boxes of vegan mixes at HyVee last time I went there.  (For all you lovely people who aren’t from a small town in the Midwest Hyvee is a small-ish grocery store that has a health foods section, it’s actually an awesome whole foods section for a local grocery.)  I haven’t been big on making processed foods lately but I was in a hurry to make dinner for date night.  It was actually pretty delicious, could have used some more spice, but that’s just me.  You will notice my I have an obsession with crunchy and spicy foods.

Because I felt bad that I was making tacos out of a box, I made some guacamole with my new food processor I got for my birthday (It’s a Cuisinart, and her name is Elloise).  I paired the rest of my tacos with gluten-free taco shells from the freezer section at HyVee, diced red onion, black olives, salsa, and guacamole.

For my Guacamole Goodness I used:

2 ripe avocados

1 good-sized clove of garlic diced

1 green onion diced- all of the white, and an inch to 1 1/2 inches into the green

1 tomato cut into small-ish pieces (you can also use salsa as a substitute)

1/4 C red onion diced

salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes (or hot sauce) to taste

juice from 1 lime

1 medium jalapeno (cut open, slice out the sides and white insides, then dice the green outer pepper)

Add all ingredients to a food processor or high-speed blender, I did mine on low for about 15 seconds to leave a few chunks in it, blend longer for smooth consistency or for less time for a chunkier guacamole

(If you leave the pits of the avocados in the guacamole when you return it to the fridge it will help the guacamole from looking gross- it keeps it from browning as quickly because there are no preservatives, and the avocados will naturally begin to look bruised up.)