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Call a Doctor, because I Falafel

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(The jokes on this site get lamer every day.)

Thanks to my friend, Near East Falafel Mix (pictured below), I’ve enjoyed quite a few yummy meals in the past few months. It’s fun to make the burgers, as you get to use your hands to form patties. Gives new meaning to the phrase “finger food.” The box claims to yield ten patties, but we (my family members) like to make lotsa mini patties (30ish?). The more the merrier!

To transform the mushy mix into hearty burgers, all you do is put them on a baking sheet and stick them in the oven to broil. A few minutes later, you’re greeted with a subtly-spicy Middle Eastern feast in your kitchen.




Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Janie says:

    Hi Katie:)

    I just emailed you my answers to CCV in a box. I sent it from my work email though.

    Thanks for your blog! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes:)

  2. coco says:

    I love all your meals!! Great varieties, color, flavor, nutritional values and creativity!!! ;D

  3. mihl says:

    I looove falafel! And your meal of the day, which looks so colourful.

  4. Ricki says:

    You are TOO funny! I love reading your posts and always giggle :). I also love falafel–these sound terrific. Mmmm. . . I’m in a tofu scramble kind of mood, too. . . .

  5. Emily says:


    I love, love, love falafel too. I tried them @ whole foods for the first time last summer, fell in love, and bought three boxes of fantastic foods falafel…I’m still working through them. What I like to do is make the whole box, freeze the raw balls, and then grab a few at a time and throw them in the oven. Much more convenient!

    And broiled spaghetti squash? What a fab idea.

    I’ll be posting my version of your tofu pudding Thursday. I know it is going to be delicious!

    With Love,


  6. You’re adorable. I think in my last comment on here I mentioned my grandpa- he used to say that all the time.

  7. Romina says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this for a while! Thanks for the review :)

  8. miss v says:

    i love your meal combos. they are so bright and dang tasty looking!

  9. leslie says:

    That looks great. I have always been wary of that falafel mix, but I will give it a try!

  10. Carey says:

    Hmmm… I hadn’t considered broiling them. When I’ve made falafel in the past, I’d either pan-fried them or baked them. When I baked them, they dried out too much…

  11. jen molica says:

    i like the near east stuff when i’m in a hurry, but i’m a sucker for falafel stand falafel, which you can only really get in israel or NYC. the best falafel sammich i ever had was at woody’s oasis in lansing, mi. i don’t even know if the restaurant exists anymore. they deck that sammich out in everything, even pickled turnips!

    thanks for your compliments. i’m already a winner by just being me, but that contest you’re having is really awesome, you just can’t deny it.

  12. Lauren says:

    I love falafel! YUM!

  13. Erin says:

    Awww, thanks for featuring my meal! I’m so flattered.
    I love falafel, but rarely remember this. I’ll have to try that mix sometime.
    And I could keep up with that kind of Spanish :)

  14. brandi says:

    love the falafel and the Spanish :) I need all the practice I can get before heading to Honduras in July

  15. justine says:

    Haha!!! I thought the joke was Hilarious!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I am still laughing…..


  16. I love falafel too! It’s especially gorgeous stuffed into a pitta bread with salad, houmus, and tahini. Yum! I’ve been to the Leeds Festival ( a couple of times and the vegan/vegetarian food stall is by far one of the best (\i may be a little biased here). They sell big burgers in a wholemeal bun packed with salad and pittas stuffed with falafel and mounds of houmus for a good price (considering it’s vegan AND at a festival, where prices can sometimes be through the roof). My pitta was so big I had trouble holding it haha. If you want a meat burger, you usually end up with a thin burger in an economy white bread bun (although the omnis do get awesome looking crepes and things). I was SO happy when I saw how big the queues were for the vegan/vege stall!

  17. Your post title reminds me of a joke my friend Cindy claims to have made up:
    Q: What did the sick chickpea say?
    A: I falafel!

    And I need to remember to post a link to your giveaway when I post tonight. Damn, I keep forgetting.

  18. runsarah says:

    That tofu scramble looks delicious – I have yet to make one yet, but I want to soon – it may help me eliminate my egg consumption.

  19. Eddie G says:

    I love falafel! And I’m totally diggin’ the Spanglish :)

  20. Sagan says:

    You have such awesome dishes. And a really nice set of plates. Mmm falafel.

  21. Marianne says:

    Oh man, falafel just lends itself to too many jokes. I think my favourite, when asked how my falafel is, would be “It’s falafelly good”. Get it? Awfully good? I know I’m a cheeseball.

    Damnit, now I want to make falafel for dinner!

  22. Tavolini says:

    mmmmm homegrown tomatoes!! That falafel looks excellent, and I’m definitely eying the avocado in your chocolate covered meal 😉

  23. I want to try the tofu scramble!

    And normally I’d defend you on jokes like that. But today? Notsomuch :)

  24. shelby says:

    I love falafel! It’s so delicious.

    OOO I can’t wait until the giveaway ends =)

  25. Elina says:

    I love falafel… and the boxed versions make them so easy to make!

  26. Lisa C. says:

    I’ve used Near East products before – their tabboleh (or however you spell that stuff) is good too. Add lots of tomatoes and cukes!

    Boxed falafel and tabboleh is MUCH easier than scratch!

  27. Brandi C says:

    I can’t wait to try FALAFEL! In addition, I absolutely adore your tasty meal creations :)

  28. Amanda says:

    I should make Falafel!!! I made them from scratch last year and their were so yummy (and easy in my food processor)!!!

    Ah Katie you have inspired a whole weekend of cooking….Thank you! Cheers!

  29. Kiki says:

    Yum, falafel! I tried that brand before and loved it.

    P.S. I tried your cookie dough oats this morning and will be featuring it on my blog tonight!

  30. t says:

    That scramble looks scrumptious! And I love falafel, but somehow I can’t get the nerve up to make it… maybe because its so freely available at the corner falafel shop. Well maybe soon…

  31. veganonstage says:

    how convenient!!! i love boxed yummy food… it just makes life so easy

  32. laci says:

    falafel in a pita + lettuce, cucumber, tomato, dill-yogurt dressing = perfect Plus a pear, some fizzy drink and a jocolat bar… :-)

  33. Jessica says:

    Ahhhh I LOVE falafel!! Now I need to stop by my fav little hole-in-the-wall place to get some :)

  34. Sarah says:

    Maybe you are just subconsciously wanting to make Mexican falafels! I could go for that…

  35. Bibis says:

    What exactly is falafel?

  36. cleanveggiex3 says:

    i have been dying to try falafel!! you make it look so delicious too :)

  37. Janelle says:

    Hey Katie!!! I was gone for a while and noticed your blog hadn’t been updating on my following page so I went to your old blog and saw you moved! I’m glad to have found you again. How do you like word press? That’s great news about the falafel mix, I’m gonna look for it next time I go shopping. I love the Near East couscous mixes, I eat them all the time. Well, happy blogging!

  38. Laura says:

    I love the joke! But more than that I looooove the Spanglish hahah i can totally relate and i speak fluent Spanglish (unfortunately not purposely) enjoy the rest of your day girlie!

  39. zestycook says:

    haha I love the title and the joke :) Not too mention your food looks fabulous.

  40. Charlotte says:

    Oh, I always rather liked that joke! Not lame by my book. I haven’t tried that boxed falafel mix but I’ve eyed it. I’ll give it a shot, now I know it’s worth it…!

  41. Falafels are definitely one of my favorite (non-dessert) foods EVER!! Now that I think about it, I gotta make some more soon…

  42. Emily says:

    I am definitely going to look for the Near East falafel when I’m at the grocery next. It looks delish!

  43. Erin says:

    I almost bought that falafel mix the other day and chickened out cuz I’ve never had it. Looks good!

  44. Meredith says:

    Mmm falafel! That’s the mix I use too :)

  45. Mm I’ve never made my own falafel before, but every time I have it I say, “I should make this” :) I’ll be on the lookout for that mix!

  46. broccolihut says:

    I just love your NOT lame jokes–I’m a sucker for puns;)

  47. Ali says:

    Katie!! I haven’t talked to you in sooooooo long! How are you? I have missed you and all your good recipes! (: (: And I have to agree with broccolihut, i’m a sucker for puns too. (:

  48. Elyse says:

    Mmm, what great meals you’ve shared! I love Near East. Their couscous is great, too! I can’t wait to try their Falafel. I adore Falafel, and I’m always looking for a quick and easy way to make it!

  49. lyssa says:

    Whenever I hear the word Falafel, I think of the Friends episode where Rachel’s sister (Christina Applegate) thinks Ross is the “Falafel Guy” from out on the street, haha. I’m so random.

    I admire your lifestyle and love for food so much! Great blog!

  50. Vaala says:

    Ah, falafel. I adore falafel…hmmm, something we haven’t had for a while. Time to remedy that I think.

  51. FALAFEL! Yummo! I love falafel. I used to have it a few times a week but I haven’t had any in FOREVER. Maybe I’ll make some for lunch today. Sometimes I make it homemade, but I also really like Fantastic Food’s mix.

    I need to get on that giveaway! Only one day left, ahhh!

  52. Falafel! I haven’t tried this brand, but the Fantastic Foods falafel wasn’t very good. I’ll have to give this one a try!

    Poor CCV, sorry you falafel, I hope you feel butter soon. Ha! Top THAT lameness! :-)