Hello hello everyone, and happy Thanksgiving weekend to all of you lovely Americans out there! Even though Canadian Thanksgiving was already ages ago, for some reason I always get a pang of nostalgia when American Thanksgiving comes around… Even though in Canada it isn’t celebrated, and in my youth it was basically responsible for my favourite shows not being broadcast for a week!
Still, with so many Thanksgiving themed posts out there right now, I’ve been in a decidedly pumpkin-y mood lately – hence these butternut squash falafel bowls.
(To be fair, when am I not in a pumpkin-y mood?)
Some days I just really feel like having a good long meal – like just sitting at the table and mechanically chewing for a while, and making it last. Lately I’ve really been rushing through my lunches in particular. And as much as I love love love avocado toast or a big bowl of comforting soup, they’re gone so quickly! Leaving you with little excuse not to get back to work. Ahem.
These falafel bowls, on the other hand… they’ll have you chomping down for a good long while. So although you could easily pop all of this stuff into a wrap, I prefer to have it from a bowl for maximum eating time.
I suspect this says something about me, but I won’t open that door right now!
These patties are made in the exact same way as these burgers, only with fresh coriander and parsley added into the mix, so they’re admittedly quite loosely based on falafel. But tossed in with classic falafel wrap ingredients they really hold their own! I’ve also thrown in some pumpkin and pomegranate seeds for crunch, and some sprouts simply because I had them on hand, but this is definitely the sort of bowl where anything goes. Any leftover veggies? Throw them in. Hummus? Yep. Oven-baked fries? DEFINITELY yes.
Basically, do not by any means feel constricted by my suggestions – run wild with your ideas, my friend.
I’ve included a recipe for a very basic tahini sauce, but yoghurt with lemon juice would also be perfect here – perhaps with a dash of hot sauce for extra kick, or some minced raw garlic if you’re not headed anywhere!
Happy weekend all! I’m off to get some work done and then hopefully to get some fresh air before the rain resumes 😛
(By the way, can you believe it’s the last weekend of November?! Seriously, HOW???)