Gluten-Free Baked Falafel Wraps

I’ve been craving falafel something fierce lately but I really didn’t want to be consuming anything deep fried (I’m trying to watch my figure y’all!). I’ve made baked falafel in the past from a mix, but this time I decided to be all domestic and do it from scratch. That way I would have complete control as to what went in it, and I could keep it cheap & gluten-free!

Fellowship of the Vegetable Vegan MoFo 2013

I scoured the internet to try to find a good recipe but everything I came across seemed way too complicated for me – I like things easy, remember? So I just compiled bits of information from all the recipes I found and came up with my own. I consider this process my culinary training. Seeing what a bunch of other people do and then come up with my own way based on the info I’ve gathered. Much cheaper than actual school and so far it’s worked fairly well.

Fellowship of the Vegetable Falafel 1

I wanted a spicy sauce to accompany my falafel, but knew I would have to mellow it out a bit for the husband and came up with a srirachi aioli, kind of. At least that’s what I’m calling it.

Keeping on the gluten-free train, but also wanting my falafel wrapped up in something (because, as many mofo-ers would agree, food wrapped in other food is awesome), I opted for your basic iceberg lettuce wrap. I was going to go with collard greens, but they were a bit pricey and I wanted to keep the cost down.

*Side note: I haven’t bought iceberg lettuce in such a long time and I totally forgot how satisfying it is to whack that sucker on the counter to break out the core!

Fellowship of the Vegetable Falafel 2

Topped with diced cucumbers and tomatoes, this was the perfect flavor combination and I believe it took me all of about 30 seconds to devour mine and then kick myself for not making a bigger batch. Yum. For reals.

Fellowship of the Vegetable Falafel 3

1 can chickpeas $.89
1/2 small onion $.30
1 handful Italian parsley $.15
2 Cloves Garlic $.16
1 TSP coriander $.05
1 TSP cumin $.05
1/2 TSP salt $.01
1/2 TSP pepper $.03
1/2 TSP Crushed Red Pepper $.05
2 TBSP chickpea flour $.09
1 TBSP lemon juice $.30
1 TBSP olive oil $.12
4 lettuce leaves $.80
1/2 Tomato $.51
1/2 Cucumber $.75

Sriracha Aioli
3 TBSP Vegenaise $.50
2 TSP Sriracha $.07
1/2 TSP Garlic Powder $.04
2 TSP Lemon Juice $.10
1/2 TSP Black Pepper $.03
Total $5.00 or $1.25 per serving (4 wraps)

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