**This post was developed and written by Nancy Gammack, RD when she was a dietetic intern and volunteer for Ignite Nutrition.
Nancy here – Ignite’s nutrition student coming in today to share a new recipe I developed – Falafel wraps!
I was fortunate enough to travel to Montreal this summer. What a unique city! There is so much to see, do and EAT! As a foodie, I loved how many unique restaurants there were and the variety of cuisines to choose from.
Now, I know you probably think I am going to go on about the classic bagels, poutine and Montreal Meats found in Montreal, but actually, I want to talk about their Falafels! Yes, you read that correctly! The classic Montreal foods were delicious of course, but their Falafel Wraps were AMAZING!
Before spending time in Montreal I had never been a huge fan of Falafels, but my friend from Montreal took me to a restaurant called Falafel Yoni, and everything changed. There were only 5 dishes on the menu, and not knowing too much about falafels (or French) I ordered the top one- The Falafel Wrap. What I didn’t realize was how exceptional it would be!
The Falafel Wrap contained warm delicious falafels, covered in creamy hummus and veggies all served in a fluffy pita bread. Are you salivating yet? I sure am! As the foodie I am, I felt the need to analyze the dish to try and figure out what was in it so that I could bring back the goodness to Alberta. The Falafel wrap recipe you see below was therefore inspired by this delicious creation I tried in Montreal. Although I have put my own twist into the recipe, it still reminds me of how delicious my first Falafel wrap was!
This recipe makes about 16 Falafels, and I usually add about 2-4 falafels to each pita wrap. Therefore, you will very likely have leftover falafels, which you can save for a snack, or add to other dishes throughout the week. Ignite Nutrition’s Low FODMAP Red pepper hummus works great for these wraps, and can be made a day or two early so that it is easy and ready to grab when you make the falafels. Of course, a store bought variety of hummus will work great as well.
- 1 can chickpeas
- 1 cup fresh parsley chopped and loosely packed
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander spice
- 1.5 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 cups chopped red cabbage
- ½ large cucumber finely chopped
- 2 tsp canola/vegetable oil
- 4 pita breads
- A batch of Ignite Nutrition’s Low FODMAP Red pepper Hummus, or a store bought variety
- Drain and rinse canned chickpeas and let sit to dry.
- In a food processor or blender, add chopped parsley, chickpeas, cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt and cornstarch.
- Blend enough that it is mixed through but still crumbly. Do not over mix to a creamy consistency.
- Create falafels by creating golf ball size balls and then flattening them. Set aside. (Note: If they are too brittle and not staying together stir in ½ TBSP of cornstarch to the food processor and blend in with a spoon).
- Chop red cabbage and cucumber and set aside.
- On medium high heat, add 2 tsp of oil to a frying pan.
- Add falafels and brown on each side- about 3-4 minutes each side. Watch closely as to not burn the exterior.
- Make a patch of Low-FODMAP red pepper hummus.
- Assemble falafel wrap by adding falafels, hummus, red cabbage, and cucumber to a pita.