Meat Free Monday – Middle Eastern Style Mezze

One of my favourite Meat Free meals is Middle Eastern Style Mezze of Falafel, Hummus and Tabouleh.


With sides of herbed Yoghurt and flatbreads.

The flatbreads I have made a few times before, so here’s the Link

I make the Falafel in the Thermomix bowl, 2 drained tins of chickpeas, 2 fat peeled cloves of garlic, a little bit of chilli, a small peeled onion, Half a bunch of coriander, half a bunch of parsley, whizz at speed 5 for  5 seconds, scrape down bowl and blitz again for another 5 seconds.


Then add a teaspoon of ground cumin, salt, pepper, 50g of self raising flour and a teaspoon of baking powder. Mix at reverse speed 3 for 10 seconds.


Make the mix into whatever shape patties you like and pop them into the fridge to firm up.


when ready, I shallow fry till golden and finish in a hot (200) oven till cooked through.

The hummus is simple to make, a drained tin of chickpeas, a teaspoon of tahini, a peeled clove of garlic, lemon juice a teaspoon of ground cumin and a good glug of olive  oil – I put all of this onto the Thermomix bowl and whizz for 2 minutes on speed 6, scrape down the bowl, season to taste, this really does depend on you.


Scrape this into a bowl and leave in the fridge till ready. I like to take this to work for lunches too, with some chopped carrots and/or flatbreads. I ‘dress’ this with olive oil and Dukha before serving 😋


For the Tabbouleh I don’t have any Bulgar Wheat, so will use Cous Cous, pour a cupful of raw Cous Cous into a heat proof bowl and add enough boiling Veg stock to cover the Cous cous, cover and leave for 5 minutes, fork through and leave to cool.


Finely slice a bunch of spring onions, half a deseeded cucumber, a bunch of fresh coriander, and mint leaves and the remaining half of the bunch of parsley.


The juice of 2 lemons, a good glug of olive oil, salt, pepper and a teaspoon of sumac.

IMG_2919mix together with the cooled Cous Cous and into the fridge to keep cool.

The remaining half a bunch of fresh coriander, chop and add to half a pot of natural yoghurt, season and sprinkle with dukkah when serving.


Serve the hot Falafel with the rest of the meal and dig in – amazing food 😇


Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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