Our family’s favourite meatless meal is definitely crispy falafel with an oh-so-creamy garlic tahini sauce. Falafel is made from ground chickpeas that have been soaked overnight. Hailing from the legume family, chickpeas have been consumed for over 7,500 years!
I’ve been asked this question dozens of times. One of my main sources of calcium comes from sesame seeds which is what tahini is made out of.
Fun fact: ¼ cup of sesame seeds contains 351 mg of calcium while 1 cup of non-fat milk contains only 316 mg.
Not only are they a great source of calcium but sesame seeds also help prevent anemia with their iron content.
Having a picky toddler at home means I’m always looking for new ways to hide nutrient-dense foods in our meals. When I’m making these falafels I make sure to add in a hefty serving of baby spinach and fresh parsley into the mix.
While they’re both high in many nutrients, baby spinach and fresh parsley supply an excellent supply of vitamin K. Needed for building strong bones and improve blood clotting, vitamin K is a vital nutrient for a healthy body.
Whenever I’m putting a meal together for my family I always make sure to include three things:
These nutrients are key for helping you feeling fuller for longer, reducing cravings, and stabilizing your blood sugar levels. I talk about this a lot in my program The Clear Skin Solution. Falafel is great source of both protein and fibre, while tahini provides all three.
I also make sure to include an assortment of vegetables to help our bodies get a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. It’s important to eat a rainbow of food to ensure you’re getting what each colour provides. My favourite pairings for crispy falafel and creamy tahini sauce are:
Crispy falafels pack with greens and warming spices. Perfect for a plant-based meal.
9 hrPrep Time
10 minCook Time
9 hr, 10 Total Time
Yields 35 falafels
Use more or less water for the tahini if you prefer a thicker or thicker sauce.