Green Falafels & the Greenline

Greenline Falafels

Today was without a doubt one of the greenest days I've had in the long time (not to get confused w/ a blue day...this was not a blue day).  The day started with a little Bikram Yoga warm up, quick green avocado & spinach smoothie & then we were off the the Greenline. 

I couldn't be more excited! I have been trying to make it to the Greenline ever since it first opened a year ago & have yet to make it. For those of you that don't know the Greenline a seven mile stretch of all railroad tracks that have been converted into a biking & running path--amazing!! And in Memphis??

Well I can tell you this today did not feel like Memphis. The air was crisp & there was a perfect breeze. We rode up Central cut over directly after the Pink Palace, biked through a park over to Walnut Grove then finally hit Tilman (all that was the kind of scary part!). From there we rode the path all the way out to Shelby Farms. I'm telling you it was crazy. It was not Memphis. After taking a quick breather & water break (I did yoga this morning & my roommate ran a 5 miler in under 40 minutes...) over looking the beautiful lake at Shelby Farms we headed back. We pulled off at High Point, rode down a few blocks and pulled right up to High Point Pub, Grocery & Cheffie's--our destination. Yes, we are still in Memphis in case you were thinking we'd skipped off to Charleston, CO or the Bay Area.

Loved the Addition of Sprouts!

We sat on the porch & enjoyed fresh spinach salads. (At this point we are close to people so there were quite a few reminders of where we were--big outside tvs with football men tv & beer for lunch--wouldn't have it any other way!)

24 miles later we arrived home. Tired & ambitiously thinking we would tackle & clean the house, cook, do laundry & I wanted to start thinking about packing...well we both fell asleep. I did however make the my two recipes for the week for lunches & dinners. Tonight I ate the Falafel for dinner even though it will really be for lunch the rest of the week.

Mint Yogurt Sauce added the perfect balance to the Spicy Salsa

Greenline Falafels w/ Yogurt Mint Sauce & Roasted Tomato Jalapeno Salsa

The Falafel recipe came from Green Kitchen Stories but w/ a few Placebo additions & deletions:
  • I added 200 grams of mixed nuts (pistachios, walnuts, almonds & cashews)
  • I used a mix of cilantro, parsley & basil 
  • Food processor order to prevent mush: onions, garlic, nuts, chickpeas, herbs, oil, flour & baking soda.
  • Final change is to coat the top with cooking spray to make sure you get that nice crispy Falafel taste--flip half way through & coat again. 
The Roasted Tomato Jalapeno Salsa recipe came from Lottie + Doof w/ the addition of Tomatoes & only 1 T of oil.

For the assembly I used:
  • 1 large Iceberg Lettuce Leaf
  • 3 Falafels
  • Sprouts
  • Roasted Jalapeno & Tomato Salsa
  • Mint Yogurt Sauce
Divine--This could possibly be my most favorite recipe I've ever made. It was so good! Hope you had a happy green day too! I'm off to remake my bed w/ new clean sheets--one of my least favorite tasks ever.



  1. I want to do that ride! Also: do they still have horses for hire at Shelby Farms? Lizzy and I did that once, and it was a blast.

    Food looks divine. I'm a big falafel fan myself!

  2. I want to eat that now and did you wear a helmet?

  3. I'm not sure about horses at Shelby Farms??

    And DUH I wore a helmet! But--I did forget to put on something else, but it wasn't on purpose which means I definitely am growing up!

    And this has been the best quick & easy lunch all week. Look forward to eating it soon! I'm starving!