We made falafel today at the Family Food Club online, a really adaptable easy recipe you can do at home with your children (if they're not screaming!). Also check out some fun activities, tips on making school food vouchers last and some information on food access.
Falafel is really healthy, easy and adaptable so it's perfect food to prepare while we are all on lock down and it's not so easy to find all the ingredients we need.
We used the recipe from the brilliant Change4Life website but also explored how to swap out all of the different ingredients:
- 400g tinned chickpeas in water, rinsed and drained
swap: butterbeans, borlotti, kidney beans from a tin or cooked at home
- 1 small onion, peeled
swap: spring onions, onion powder
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
swap: garlic powder
- Breadcrumbs (from 1 slice of bread)
swap: porridge oats, crushed cornflakes, crushed crackers, ground nuts or flour with some baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
swap: curry powder, garam masala, caraway seeds, chili powder, taco seasoning mix, ground coriander, paprika, chili flakes
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
swap: caraway seeds, cumin, fennel or a combination of the three
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
swap: chopped coriander, chopped green leaves like spinach
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
swap: any oil and some lime or lemon juice
- Salad and veg, chopped and grated - tomato, tomato, cucumber, peppers, lettuce
- Pitta bread, couscous, chapatti, rice
- Extra flavour - natural yogurt, salsa, chili, gherkins
1. Place the onion and garlic in a food processor and chop finely.
If you don't have a food processor, you can still make this recipe. Use a hand blender, or mash the chickpeas with a fork or potato masher and finely chop the onion and garlic.
2. Add the chickpeas, breadcrumbs, cumin, coriander, parsley and olive oil and mix for a bit longer.
You can also mush it all together with your hands!
3. Shape into about 12 balls and place on a greased or lined baking tray. Chill for 30 minutes.
4. Place tray into a preheated oven (200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6) and bake for about 25 minutes, turning the falafel to prevent sticking.
You can fry them in a little oil if you don’t have an oven.
5. To assemble, fill each pitta with salad, falafel and yoghurt or salsa of your choosing, enjoy!
Tip: This website has lots of information on how to swap ingredients!
Fun Food Related Activities
Food a Fact of Life have loads of great materials for learning from home with a focus on food:
Free School Meal Vouchers
School Food Matters have provided lots of useful information about the Free School Meal Vouchers that are available to families due to the Covid19 crisis and other resources: www.schoolfoodmatters.org/coronavirus
Here are some answers to some parent and carer questions about Free School Meals:
Food Access During Covid19
These are useful links on how to access food during the Covid19 crisis, both if you are struggling to pay for it or if you can pay but don't know how to get it delivered!
Southwarks' information on food access: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/for-the-public/coronavirus/food-access?chapter=11
Mutual Aid Network's list for food access: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xl36UQGJGzxCRYldFfOIMaGU-uxz7k-U5DTsLTZd-xE/edit#gid=2117136086