One of my big goals for the year is to try and avoid as much processed food as possible, in order to try and reduce our waste, eat better, and avoid or cut out the supermarket. Dinner the other night was a good reminder of how easy this can be, and how rewarding. I made Felafel kebabs, with some cheating as cans and a premix were involved. I have tried to make felafel balls from scratch before but haven’t cracked the right recipe – the boxes of premix are always much tastier (my search will continue).

First assemble the mix with water, rest, firm into balls and fry – easy. Next up homemade hummus – chickpeas (from a can – obviously would be better to have started with dried beans), garlic, chilli, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper – whiz up together. Also home made tabbouleh: cracked wheat soaked then mixed with chopped tomatoes, spring onions, lots of chopped parsley, olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning. Finally, home-made wraps. I’ve never made these before but they were ridiculously easy. I used this recipe – not traditional I’m sure but it worked beautifully: easy to work dough, lovely light and flexible wraps that were easy to roll up.

IMG_1563Here it is the next day for lunch  – so not only did we have a lovely light dinner, but got a couple of meals out of the left overs as well. With a bit of experimenting with flour types and using different grains, this could easily be a gluten-free meal as well as dairy-free – not an easy ask in our cheese and bread-loving vegetarian household!