Sweet Potato Falafel Bowls with Tahini Dressing
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Please note that you will need a total of 3 cups cooked quinoa for this recipe - 1 cup for the sweet potato falafel, and 2 cups for serving. You can use leftover quinoa, but freshly cooked quinoa will provide more structure to the falafel.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4 servings
Sweet Potato Falafel Balls
  • 1 (12-ounce) sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup all-purpose or wheat flour
  • 1 egg (can sub 3 tablespoons aquafaba for vegan)
  • Oil, for pan frying
Tahini Dressing
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Sea salt, to taste
To Make Bowls
  • 4 cups loosely-packed curly kale or baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and quartered or sliced
Sweet Potato Falafel Balls
  1. In a food processor, pulse the sweet potato until finely minced. Add quinoa, walnuts, cumin, onion powder, and garlic powder, and pulse until all pieces are uniform in size. Add the flour and egg, and pulse until well mixed, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
  2. Using wet hands, shape the mixture into 16 equal balls.
  3. Heat oil in a deep skillet or pot. Cooking in batches, fry the falafel balls for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through. Let drain on paper towel-lined tray.
Tahini Dressing
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, water, maple syrup, cumin, and garlic powder.
  2. Taste, and add salt, as needed.
To Make Bowls
  1. In sections or layered, place 1 cup kale or spinach, ½ cup quinoa, ¼ cup carrots, ¼ avocado, and 4 sweet potato falafel balls in each of four bowls.
  2. Drizzle each serving with tahini dressing. See below for additional, suggested garnish options.
Garnish Options: Sprinkle on toasted chopped walnuts and minced red onion for added flavor and crunch.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/sweet-potato-falafel-bowls-tahini-dressing