Spaghetti and Falafel balls–for the vegetarian in all of us!

For this meal you will need:

  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Onion
  • Garlic ( I used big, purple, globular bulbs from the farmer’s market)
  • Red pepper
  • Broccoli (if you like)
  • Tomato paste

Frying them together, I put the carrots in first, because they take longer to soften. Everything else I just piled on top of the carrots in no particular order. Last of all came the tomato paste. Then, for spices I threw in:

  • Oregano
  • Italian seasonings
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder

While the sauce is being cooked, you can multi-task by boiling the noodles, and getting the falafel balls ready.

Falafel mix is a powder that comes in a box. About half of the box is enough for two people. Making it is really easy. Just mix it with water, and let it stand for ten minutes. When time’s up, shape it into little balls and place in vegetable oil to fry.

The directions say to cover the bottom of the pan with half an inch of oil, but that’s a little too risky for both my safety as well as my health, so I only covered the surface of the pan.

Note: the smell of frying falafals isn’t bad (it’s quite good actually), but it lingers.  So, do not cook before going to see the Queen of England. Also, they’re easier to cook in a patty shape, rather than in a ball shape.

When they’re ready, place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Then, find someone with whom you’d like to share a meal, and bon appetit!

This one kinda looks like a face…the Spaghetti Monster?

Gordon is not a professional and everything he says should be taken with a grain of salt. His passion for cooking began about two months ago so let’s hope this isn’t a phase and he continues to cook delicious food for his girlfriend.