Trader Joe’s – Falafel (Heat & Eat) – Food Review


March 11, 2017

Now I’m not the world’s most prolific falafel eater.  But I have had them in restaurants.  And for no other reason then to attempt to pronounce the name, you should give them a try sometime when you’re around Mediterranean food.  If you do want to give them a try, DON’T (do not) try these.

A falafel is one of those foods that’s a blank canvas to which the chef has to add the splashes of color (metaphorically).  These have few splashes of color.

A falafel is basically a deep-fried ball of ground chick peas (garbonzo beans).  Without the addition of other ingredients to give them some flavor and maybe a little zing, they would be pretty tasteless.  And while the ingredient label for these falafel reads like that flavor and possible zing have been added, the end result is a pretty tasteless ball of fried dough.

Falafel is seldom eaten by itself.  Usually there’s some onion, cucumber, tomato and a sauce in a pita bread along with the falafel.  All that would help cover up these falafel.  But still a falafel should be able to stand by itself and be a positive addition to the whole.  These falafel didn’t meet that test.  Falafel prepared the right way is much better than this.

Calories 320 per 3 pieces (85g)        Price $3.99 -per frozen bag


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5 Responses to “Trader Joe’s – Falafel (Heat & Eat) – Food Review”

  1. becomebetty Says:

    I have a bag sitting in my freezer right now. After reading what you said it might just have to stay there a bit longer

    Liked by 1 person

  2. David Says:

    Okay, you convinced me, I will not try these.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. SueT唐 梦 琇 Says:

    Agree they are bland by themselves. Actually I had them heated with hommous and tabouli inside a rye wrap during the week. Delicious!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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