Even if you don’t grow a garden yourself, you can pretty much always guarantee some surprise produce from co-workers, friends, family, neighbors, and even strangers during the summer in Indiana.
As a gardener, there is always some point where you can’t even think about eating another spear of asparagus/cherry tomato/zucchini, and you start to give away the rest of the crop to every single person you see. There is even a whole holiday dedicated to sneaking extra zucchinis onto your neighbor’s porch.
These Falafel Lettuce Wraps were born from donated produce. Back when I worked in an office, it was pretty common to walk into our office kitchen on any given day during summer and see a pile of tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers with a big “TAKE ME!” sign hanging over them. That’s Midwestern generosity for you.
Okay, and maybe it’s a little bit of Midwestern pawning off, too.
During one particularly sweltering summer day, I walked into the office kitchen and saw a pile of beautiful Bibb lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes, and I immediately knew what I was going to make—some sort of lettuce wrap! I started thinking about all the foods we traditionally wrap in carb-heavy bread-y things—burritos, tacos, gyros, falafel. Wait! Falafel! Perfect. Read the post »