Meatless Mondays (aka MMs) is one day where we cut out meat for the week. It is a great way for Eric and I to mix up our dinner selections. MMs are a great way for us to incorporate more non-protein foods and enjoy another healthy meal at home. It keeps our food budget low because we are saving money by buying less meat for one day, too. (Saving $$$ is always a plus in my wallet.) Normally, pasta would be an easy fallback choice for non-proteins, but I like exploring culture through food.
Since I have been on a world fare food kick, I wanted to try falafels. They were something that I have never had never tried and sounded easy enough to prepare. I came across this recipe on one of my go-to recipe sites that I love Epicurious. Falafels are typically fried chickpeas and served in a pita paired with pickled vegetables, hot sauce and hummus. (Hmmm, sounds like my kind of food.) It had reminded me of a meatball sandwich without the meat! My baked falafels were very flavorful and parsley packed on top of a fluffy naan, topped with veggies, filled with store-bought roasted garlic hummus and feta cheese. Coincidentally this paired perfectly with the quinoa veggie salad that I had made, too. Cheap, fresh, delicious and healthy for ya! (WINNER!!)