Vegan Falafel With Tahini Sauce

July 3, 2010 by Keri

Over the last few days I’ve had some really tasty meals, so as always, I’m here to share.  Wednesday night I whipped out my cast iron grill pan (okay, there wasn’t much whipping around; I could hurt someone with that thing!) for grilled Gardein chick’n scallopini.  While it was in the pan I brushed it down with a generous amount of barbecue sauce for a classic barbecue chicken a la cruelty-free!  I also grilled eggplant slices to share the plate, and baked a bag of organic french fries.  How American!

Vegan Meat

Vegan Meat

Thursday lunch was leftovers, but that night we made a trip to Whole Foods and to try out a local pizza place we found recommended while searching for vegan-friendly dining options.  We chose one called the Chilope- black bean dip, salsa, green pepper, onion, fresh tomato, cilantro.  Cheddar was an option as well, but of course, we opted for no cheese.  The pizza was very tasty, and reminded me of nachos in pizza form (which is probably why Chris wanted it, because chips and salsa are pretty much a daily necessity for him).  There was a little heat to the spice, but despite his normal spice-phobia, even the little man really enjoyed the pizza!

Vegan Pizza

Vegan Pizza

I’m pretty sure those leftovers didn’t survive the night.  For lunch on Friday I made quesadilla burgers with Sunshine burgers, salsa, romaine lettuce, and tomatoes on whole wheat tortillas.  The panini press mashed it all together nicely once again.  I love making burgers these way because I’m just not a bun gal, and they make for a great change of pace.  And they’re so good.  I do need to make my own veggie burgers and freeze in advance though.

Vegan Burger Recipes

Last night I went out to dinner with my sister in law, but I forgot the premeal photo session.  We tried a really great stir-fry place where I had rice noodles with tofu, all the veggies I could fit in a bowl, and kung pao sauce. Yum!

Late this morning I made one of my favorites, biscuits and gravy.  This is such a comfort dish for me.  My mom used to make it all the time when I was growing up, and I’m thrilled it was so easy to veganize.  I used rice milk rather than almond in both the biscuits and the gravy, and they still turned out perfect.  There are a couple of leftover biscuits my son will be pleased to see coconut buttered up at breakfast tomorrow too!

Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Vegan Breakfast Recipes

Tonight, after coming home from running some fun family errands, I fried up some falafel and served it pita-less over raw kale and tomatoes, topped off with raw tahini sauce, with a side of raw broccoli and mango slices.  That means the meal was completely raw except for that little oversight of fried balls of Mediterranean goodness.  So close!  I adore my tahini sauce and it’s hard to go wrong with falafel!

Vegan Falafel Recipes

Tahini Sauce

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • pinch of sea salt

Stir lemon juice and garlic into tahini.  Add in water and salt and stir until smooth.  Enjoy!

Vegan Falafel Recipes

Well, there you have a few more vegan meals in the life of me!  I love collective meal posts like this because I see it all and think, man, I love being vegan.  Actually, I wake up every morning excited to be vegan!  Anyone else or is it just me?  Anyway, I’m off to relax and try to enjoy what’s left of this beautiful Saturday despite the loud explosions going on all around me.

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  1. Amanda says:

    I love what you do with that chik’n – honestly, it looks fantastic! And you made homemade falafel look easy – which is so deceiving. I envy your dinners this weekend!

  2. Jessie (Bites and Pieces) says:

    That barbecued “chicken” looks delicious. What a perfect meal for 4th of July too. 🙂

    And yes, being vegan is exciting and fun!

    • Keri says:

      I was thinking that when I made this post! (About it making a great 4th of July meal.) But I made enchiladas on the 4th. 😛

  3. James says:

    Right there with you on the “excited to be vegan” thing. I made cupcakes for a family gathering yesterday, and got many compliments (it was a Chloe Coscarelli recipe – very delicious) which is cool because there’s no way I would have baked anything last year when I just came for the hot dogs and macaroni.

    • Keri says:

      That’s really awesome! I’ve always loved to cook and bake- I worked at a bakery through college even- but I never had this respect and enthusiasm for food that I do now as a vegan! At first when I went vegan, my family was a little disappointed because I cooked the holiday meals for everyone and they thought my run as family chef would be over. But I’m better than ever and I’m pretty sure they still love my holiday cooking. 🙂

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    happy 4th Keri! hope you guys had a great holiday!

  5. Rebecca says:

    I ♥ being Vegan, too!!! 😀

  6. Danielle (Runs on Green) says:

    All of your meals look delish! And yes, I do *love* eating animal-free 😀

    hahaha idk why but I pictured you whipping a pan around the kitchen and thought it was the funniest thing ever

    • Keri says:

      I pictured that too when I typed it. Haha! Some days…. but violence isn’t the answer. 😀

  7. Easter Mcgunnis says:

    Hi there, long time reader and lurker here with my first comment! My daughter is getting married to her lovely mexican gentleman soon, and I’m tasked with doing the wedding arrangements! I thought enchiladas would be a good idea, so trying to find a good enchilada recipe. What do you think? Any more ideas?? Anyway, thanks for your hard work as ever… I’ll try to comment a little more on future posts.