Falafel, Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Our tasty falafels follow the traditional ingredient list with chickpeas, fresh herbs, and aromatic spices like garam marsala and parsley. With a touch of lemon and hint of apple, they're crispy on the outside but of-so-tender on the inside. Plus, they're plant-based and Whole 30, which means they meet all the health criteria you could imagine.
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I would travel across the globe for some scrumptious falafel. One of my favorite salad toppers, rice bowl ingredients, and main ingredients in a wrap, I decided it was time to create my own falafel recipe and I am so glad I did. I think you will be, too, after you walk through preparing it with me and enjoy it for yourself. Today, that’s exactly what we are doing: preparing our Falafel Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe.

Our tasty falafels follow the traditional ingredient list with chickpeas, fresh herbs, and aromatic spices like garam marsala and parsley. With a touch of lemon and hint of apple, they’re crispy on the outside but oh-so-tender on the inside – the ideal texture for falafel. Plus, they’re plant-based and Whole 30, which means they meet all the health criteria you could imagine.

My favorite part about them isn’t that I don’t have to travel across the world to enjoy them, it’s actually the convenience of preparing them. I double the recipe to prepare two separate batches, toss the uncooked falafel balls into a freezer bag, and when the craving hits I pop them into the oven and an hour later I am enjoying one of my all-time favorite foods right in the comfort of my own home. There is no slaving away in the kitchen, no stress, no time lost, and hardly any effort. Our recipe is truly the ideal falafel recipe! Come along as we prepare it today – I think you’re going to love it.

Why You’ll Love This Plant-Based Falafel Recipe!

  • Guilt-Free: Healthy, satisfying meal without compromising flavor.
  • Nutritious: Loaded with plant-based protein and nutrients, which means it’s a healthy option for the entire family.
  • Versatile: You can serve it in various ways – as the main dish, in a wrap, or even atop a salad. 
  • Portable: Makes for a great lunch option or an on-the-go meal.
A Year of Meal Plans on a Budget
Falafel, Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe
Our tasty falafels follow the traditional ingredient list with chickpeas, fresh herbs, and aromatic spices like garam marsala and parsley. With a touch of lemon and hint of apple, they're crispy on the outside but of-so-tender on the inside. Plus, they're plant-based and Whole 30, which means they meet all the health criteria you could imagine.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4
Equipment
  • 1 Freezer and oven-safe aluminum tray with lid (aluminum foil works great)
  • 1 Food processor
Ingredients
  
  • 2 Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) cans, drained and rinsed.
  • 1 cup Onion diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 apple diced
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp Parsley dried
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Almond flour
Day of Cooking:
  • Garlic sauce (Whole 30 compliant)
  • Lettuce, for the "bun"
  • Red onion topping
  • Tomato topping
Optional:(Homemade Garlic Sauce- Blend together in food processor or high speed blender and serve over falafel)
  • 1/2 cup Garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1/4 cup Lemon juice
Instructions
 
Prep/Freezer Directions
  • Prepare an aluminum tray, labeling according to your preferred method.
  • Add all ingredients, except for Day of Cooking ingredients, to a food processor. Pulse until combined.
  • Using a spoon or cookie scoop, form 1-2-inch balls and place in a single layer in the casserole dish.
  • Cover with aluminum and freeze for up to three months.
Oven | Cooking Directions
  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Place covered casserole dish into preheated oven and cook for 35 minutes.
  • Uncover and cook for an additional 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve in lettuce, topped with fresh tomato, onion, and Whole 30 garlic sauce, or any other Whole 30  toppings you love.
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Equipment Needed To Make Whole 30 Falafel

  • 1 Freezer and oven-safe aluminum tray with lid (aluminum foil works great)
  • 1 Food processor

Ingredients for your Falafel Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal

  • 2 Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) cans, drained and rinsed.
  • 1 cup Onion, diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 apple, diced
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp Parsley, dried
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Almond flour
  • Day of Cooking:
  • Garlic sauce (Whole 30 compliant)
  • Lettuce, for the “bun”
  • Red onion, topping
  • Tomato, topping
  • Optional:(Homemade Garlic Sauce- Blend together in food processor or high speed blender and serve over falafel)
  • 1/2 cup Garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1/4 cup Lemon juice

How To Make A Easy Falafel Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep/Freezer Directions:

  1. Prepare an aluminum tray, labeling according to your preferred method.
  2. Add all ingredients, except for Day of Cooking ingredients, to a food processor. Pulse until combined.
  3. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, form 1-2-inch balls and place in a single layer in the casserole dish.
  4. Cover with aluminum and freeze for up to three months.

Oven | Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Place covered casserole dish into preheated oven and cook for 35 minutes.
  3. Uncover and cook for an additional 25-30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve in lettuce, topped with fresh tomato, onion, and Whole 30 garlic sauce, or any other Whole 30  toppings you love.

What to Pair with your Freezer-Friendly Falafel?

Sides:

Desserts:

Mocktails:

  • Cucumber Mint Lemonade
  • Ginger Lime Sparkler
  • Pomegranate Mocktail

Popular Substitutions and Additions

Substitutions:

  • Lentils: Substitute the 2 cans of chickpeas with 2 cups of cooked brown or green lentils. Lentils offer a similar texture and protein content to chickpeas.
  • Coconut Flour: Swap the ½ cup of almond flour with ⅓ cup of coconut flour if you have a nut allergy or simply want to vary the texture and flavor of the falafel. (You use less of the coconut flour because it is more absorbent).

Additions:

  • Spinach: Incorporate one cup of finely chopped frozen spinach to the mixture to boost the nutritional value and add a vibrant color. 
  • Shredded Carrots and/or Zucchini: Add ½ cup of either shredded carrots or zucchini (or ¼ cup of each) to the falafel mixture to add new textures and flavor to the falafel.

How To Reheat & Store Falafel Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe

Best Way To Store Leftover Falafel Freezer Meal?

Any leftover falafel will stay fresh if stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Make sure to allow your leftover Falafels to cool to room temperature before storing in any device.

How Long Will Healthy Falafel Plant-Based Whole 30 Freezer Meal Recipe  Last In the Fridge?

When stored properly in an airtight container, leftover falafel will stay fresh for three to five days.

Can I freeze Healthy Easy Falafel Recipe?

We freeze raw and cook from frozen to yield the yummiest flavors and best texture. While you’re able to freeze leftovers after cooking them, their texture and flavor will not be as delicious once thawed and warmed a second time. We recommend consuming any leftovers in the three to five day time frame listed above.

To prepare this recipe raw, add all ingredients, except the day of cooking ingredients, into a food processor. Pulse until combined. Then using a spoon or cookie scoop, form 1-2 inch balls and place in a single layer in a casserole dish. Cover with aluminum and freeze for up to three months.

How To Reheat Vegan Falafel Freezer Meal?

Our falafel is able to be reheated in the microwave, on the stovetop, or in the oven. If you’d like to get it crispy, we recommend using a small amount of olive or avocado oil in a pan on the stovetop.

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