Lemony Falafel Brown Rice

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s taking one of my favorite dishes, taking those same flavors, and making them into something new. Pizza quesadillas. Breakfast pizza. Blueberry Muffin Smoothie.

Lemony Falafel Brown Rice

This is also the best way to get myself out of a cooking rut – by taking my favorite flavors and just using them in a different way than I normally do.

I don’t know about you, but I get into cooking ruts every few months it seems. It tends to happen near the end of each season, when I’m ready for some new foods and produce. Which basically means I’m in a bit of a rut right now. I’m so ready for spring, and it’s just not happening fast enough for me! I want asparagus and radishes and strawberries, and our market is still just full of apples and potatoes. All in good time, I guess.

Lemony Falafel Brown Rice

So when Sabra asked me to cook up some recipes for them, I knew I had to try something different. I’ve done quiche. I’ve made pasta. But rice has been my side dish of choice lately. I just can’t get enough! And for this dish, I decided to take all my favorite things from falafels and mix them into some brown rice for a kickin’ new side dish.

Lemony Falafel Brown Rice

You can find all kinds of falafel recipes around, so I just picked the flavors that I like the best: garlic, red onion, parsley, cumin, olive oil, and – my absolute favorite – Sabra’s Luscious Lemon Hummus. I also threw in some chickpeas for a little more of that classic falafel flavor.

We had this rice with some chicken that I seasoned with garlic, onion, and cumin, and a cucumber salad. If dishes like this don’t get me out of my funk and ready for Spring, I’m not sure what will!

Lemony Falafel Brown Rice

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Lemony Falafel Brown Rice

Want the flavor of falafel without the hassle of deep-frying? This is an easy way to use all the great flavors you normally find in falafel, without most of the work!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cups water
  • 2 cups quick cooking brown rice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ medium red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup Sabra Luscious Lemon Hummus
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 12 oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Directions:

  1. Pour the water into a medium saucepan and bring it to a boil. Stir in the rice, let it return to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pan. Let the rice cook, simmering, for 5-7 minutes, then remove from heat.
  2. While the rice is cooking, chop the garlic, red onion, and parsley.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the ½ cup olive oil and ½ cup hummus together.
  4. Once the rice is cooked, stir in the garlic, red onion, parsley, olive oil and hummus dressing, cumin, and chickpeas. This rice is delicious served warm, but it’s also fantastic cold or room temperature over a bed of lettuce.

5 Responses to “Lemony Falafel Brown Rice”

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — April 14, 2014 at 9:08 am

    This looks so freaking lovely!

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    Christine from Cook the Story — April 15, 2014 at 10:43 am

    This looks fabulous!

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    cheri — April 15, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    You know I have 2 types of hummus in the fridge right now and I never would have thought to prepare it this way, so simple and delicious! Well done!

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    Danae @ reciperunner — April 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    What a healthy and delicious side dish! I love falafels but can definitely do without the frying. This hummus flavor sounds perfect for it!

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    Susan — April 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I did make this today, and it was delicious. So many things you can add, and I did. Not a fan of Cumin at all. Left it out. Added grated carrot, and some Feta, no fresh parsley, so used dried. Very delicious and it is hard to stop eating it! Make this your own, add whatever you like, you can’t ruin it!

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