Falafel Pockets with Zingy Tzatziki

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Recipe Overview

The Game Plan

How Long it Will Take with Kid Chefs

  • 45 minutes total

Recipe Yield

  • Makes 8 falafel pocket halves

  • Serves 4-8 people

Suggested Serving Size

  • Little Kids (age 8 and under): 1 pita half with 2 falafel patties

  • Big Kids and Adults (age 9+): 2 pita halves with 4 total falafel patties

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Ingredient notes

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Grown-Up Tips

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Grown-up Pro Tip

  • This recipe works better with a food processor, but a blender can work. Some notes if you’re using a blender:

    • Take the time to pick the parsley off the stems

    • Dice the red onion into a normal dice instead of large chunks

    • Be careful not to over-pulse, or it will turn into a hummus consistency (you want a little thicker than that)

    • Every couple of pulses, use a spatula to push the mixture down to help it get combined

    • Stir the mixture together at the end if it didn’t combine fully

    • You might need to add 5 minutes to the bake time (because the mixture will be a little looser)

This Recipe is Dietician Approved!

Did you know “Build Your Own Bars” at meal time can be a big hit with kids? By giving them control over if/whether they try each item and the amounts of each they want on items like falafel pita pockets, you empower them to learn to like new foods while encouraging them to create foods for their tastes and preferences.
— Ashley Smith, RD
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Dietary Needs and Substitutions

Recipe as Written

Can be Made:

  • To make Vegan and Dairy-free:

  • To make Wheat-free and Gluten-free:

    • Use a gluten-free flour like brown rice flour or chickpea flour (or others) instead of whole wheat flour to make the falafel.

    • Serve over lettuce or hummus instead of using pita pockets, or use gluten-free pita pockets.

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