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Make it at Home
Cooking Terms
Mince
To cut a food into very small pieces.
Shimmering
A description of flowing and shiny oil that is nearing its smoke point; an indicator your oil is very hot.
Ingredients
Hummus
Cherry tomatoes
Green peas
Rice Vinegar
Garlic
Parsley
Falafel Blend
Ground Split Peas
Baby kale
This dish is Gluten-Free & Vegan
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You Supply

Salt
Pepper
Oil

Medium sauté pan or skillet

Step-by-Step Instructions
1
SMASH PEAS

Read through entire recipe before getting started. Wash and dry all produce. Remove peas from package and rinse. Place peas in a shallow plate or cutting board and smash them using the flat bottom of a glass or ramekin. Smash until flattened.

2
MISE EN PLACE

Transfer smashed peas to cutting board mince until fine. Mince or grate garlic. Cut cherry tomatoes into halves. Remove parsley leaves from tough stems; discard stems and rough chop leaves.

3
MIX FALAFEL DOUGH

Place ground split peas, smashed peas, falafel spice blend, half garlic, half parsley, 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar, 1 Tbsp. oil, 2 Tbsp. water and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add additional water 1 Tbsp. at a time if the dough seems too dry. Mix using your hands until the dough is firm and well incorporated. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and shape each piece into a disk-like patty. Repeat with all the other portions. Place the falafel patties uncovered in the freezer and allow to set for 4-5 min. While the patties cool off, begin making the vinaigrette (Step #4).

4
MAKE VINAIGRETTE

Mix remaining remaining parsley, remaining garlic, remaining rice wine vinegar, 2 Tbsp. oil and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir vigorously until incorporated. Set aside.

5
COOK FALAFEL

Heat 1 cup oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once shimmering, add falafel patties and fry for 2-3 min per side until golden brown and crispy. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.

6
PLATE YOUR DISH

Smear hummus onto the bottom 2 large bowls or plates using the back of a spoon. Add cherry tomatoes, kale and falafel patties to the plate in sections. Drizzle the bowl with garlic-herb vinaigrette. Enjoy!