Healthy Meal with Exploration of Zuid-Holland

It feels as though I have been on a cooking vacation/hiatus. It literally feels like forever since I’ve been in a kitchen. Except I cannot live without being in the kitchen. But today was definitely the first meal in a week? I think it has been a week!

Last weekend an old friend came by. I have not seen her for ten years so this was like a reunion type of thing. We spent Friday night just catching up on the couch, just talking until sleep came over us. Then Saturday morning we hopped on a tram to Madurodam, which is like a miniaturized version of the Netherlands. Once we were done from there I took her to Scheveningen, this being the most popular beach in the country. Before we left from the beach we had a little bite to eat at a Japanese restaurant and then we popped back to my apartment to get our belongings and headed to my mom’s house. We had a quiet night eating dinner with my family and watching the Voice UK and then hit the sack. The following morning we headed to the city of Leiden and explored the downtown area.

Postcard from Madurodam

But tonight now that I am back in the kitchen, I made falafels with homemade hummus and carrots. I’ve been craving chimichurri sauce and thought this would go great with my new obsession for falafels. It truly did. Perfectly delicious!

I made both a homemade hummus and chimichurri sauce while just fried store bought falafels and heated some pita bread.

Falafels with Carrots and Hummus

Classic Hummus:

Ingredients:

  • ½ Cup Chickpeas, drained
  • 2 Tablespoons Tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix well. If hummus is not smooth enough for your liking add more lemon juice and/or olive oil.

  2. Scoop hummus into small bowl and refrigerate.

Chimichurri Sauce (recipe found here):

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 teasooons lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and mix well. If sauce is not liquid enough, add more olive oil or lemon juice and mix until smooth.

Assembling Your Falafel:

  1. Choose your vegetables and chop in the appropriate size

  2. Heat pita breads in oven until warm

  3. Fry falafels until brown and warm

  4. Once pitas are warm, cut half of the pita along the rim and coat sides of pita with hummus

  5. Cut the falafel balls in half and place in the pita. Top with greens of choice (I used arugula lettuce, slices of red pepper, and whole chickpeas)

  6. Top with chimichurri sauce and additional hummus if you want

  7. Now enjoy your meal!

Falafel with Carrots and HummusThis was so delicious and really filling. I hope you make it as well and enjoy it as I have!

As they say in Greek: καλή όρεξη! (Enjoy your meal)

P.S. Here are some more photos of our travels over the weekend to Madurodam and Leiden:

Giant Seagull Taking Over the World (or at least Madurodam)
Giant Seagull Taking Over the World (or at least Madurodam)

For those that know me, I love dodge rams... so finding one in Madurodam was great!
For those that know me, I love dodge rams… so finding one in Madurodam was great!

Together in Madurodam

Gate Towards Citadel of Leiden

The City Hall of Leiden
The City Hall of Leiden
View of Church of Leiden from the Citadel
View of Church of Leiden from the Citadel
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