Sometimes it’s a challenge to come up with a creative dish. I’m finding that I’m hitting a routine again where I’m making the same dinners over and over again and, well, it’s getting a little boring. When this happens, drastic measures must be taken. Ignored are the boxes of pasta in our pantry. The same goes for couscous and rice. Then I look to see what’s left.
I reached my breaking point one recent night. We happened to be particularly low on ingredients. The shelves in our cabinet were stocked with just a few cans of garbanzos. The fridge was filled with greens, including two heads of cabbage. Oh, and a massive bag of carrots. A bean salad, maybe? Naaaaaaah.
When I’m in a rut, I tend to refer to my handy dandy Cuisinart food processor for some guidance. I’m telling you, friends, I don’t know what I’d do without this thing. I’ll use mine at least three times a week to make anything from pesto to cookie dough (easiest way to make shortbread).
So, I glanced over at the little guy with pleading eyes. HELP ME! And then… vwahla! Falafel. Within 30 minutes I had a satisfying, vegetarian meal. And it didn’t involve pasta. Or couscous. Or rice. Just beans, shredded carrot, and some fresh herbs and spices.