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NFL Draft

by Meghann on April 22, 2010

Why am I watching the NFL draft tonight?

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Well, obviously it’s because I am a HUGE sports fanatic and care which team gets which pick. πŸ˜‰

Or, you know, it could be because this guy traveled all the way from Tampa and I gave him complete control of the TV.

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Hi Derek!

Truth be told I didn’t even completely understand what the draft was before tonight. Now, after 2+ hours of watching, I think I’ve got it down. πŸ˜‰

In honor of the NFL Draft – and Derek’s visit πŸ˜‰ – I whipped up one fabulous meal for dinner tonight.

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The star of the plate was the homemade baked falafel balls.

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I followed Sabrina’s recipe for Baked Falafel and found it very easy to follow thanks to the fun ‘how-to’ video on the recipe page. Sabrina – when you’re a famous FoodNetwork Star don’t forget your blogging buddies. πŸ˜‰

I used Sabrina’s recipe for the falafels, but my own for the tzatziki sauce.

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  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cucumber
  • 1 Tbs Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Place all into a food processor and let it go.

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Add to falafels + tomato + spinach + cucumber + flat out

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I think Derek approved. πŸ™‚

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The flavors of the falafel were perfect. It had just the right amount of garlic punch without being too overpowering. The sauce was cooling, messy, and exactly what the pita needed. Delicious. πŸ™‚

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On the side I baked a mix of carrot and parsnip fries.

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After dinner we took a break from watching the draft to get Jeremiah’s.

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I’m a cake batter freak! It’s my favorite ice cream flavor hands down. As soon as I saw the sign for the gelati version, I knew exactly I was getting.

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1/2 cake batter italian ice, 1/2 soft serve swirl

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If you live in Orlando I would highly suggest checking this seasonal flavor out! It was rich, but very good. I would happily order it again and again and again. πŸ™‚

At work this afternoon I snacked on an orange.

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With a chocolate nut square.

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If you’ll excuse me someone just got picked that means nothing to me, but apparently means the world to Derek. off to do the happy dance with him. πŸ™‚

Good Night!

  

1 amanda April 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm

haha, i like derek’s football pose.

yummm, that gelati looks heavenly!

2 Beth April 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Hahah Derek is a good sport for letting you take pictures of him eating! Falafel and tzatziki is one of my favorite things ever… looks delicious!

3 Dori April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Your falafel sandwich looks so great!! Now I am craving some falafel… maybe tomorrow. Only I buy it.

4 Meghann April 23, 2010 at 9:25 am

Cheater! Try to make it! It was rally easy πŸ™‚

5 Jenny April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Enjoy the night with your man!

6 Eunice April 22, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Haha your man sure looks excited about this draft! Posing and everything!

7 missyrayn April 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Aww so sweet of you to watch the draft with him. In my house it’s me watching the draft!

And that falafel looks great. I have all those ingredients too so that is on my menu for this weekend πŸ™‚

8 theprocessofhealing April 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Haha awww Derek is so cute!!!! I know nothing about drafting either..
Your dessert sounds AMAZING!!

9 Run Sarah April 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Your dinner looks awesome! It has been so long since I’ve made homemade falafel + tzaziki, now I am craving it!

10 Stephanie (Surviving Chicago) April 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I’m watching the draft with my man, too. He did the happy dance and sang the Eric Berry song (it’s on youtube). He’s a diehard KC fan…

11 Emilyeatsclean April 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Dinner and dessert are both looking pretty tasty!! My tv channel was turned on the same channel tonight thanks to my hubby’s huge sports addiction!! πŸ™‚

12 hundredtenpounds April 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm

What a yummy looking dinner!

13 Ash Bear April 22, 2010 at 11:21 pm

That dinner looks delicious! I am definitely making it next week! πŸ™‚

14 Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 22, 2010 at 11:55 pm

What a great sports night! Love it!

15 *Andrea* April 23, 2010 at 12:05 am

omg cake batter anything is amazing! have fun with your ADORABLE boy πŸ˜‰ what a delicious meal too- i loveeeeeee falafel!

16 kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com April 23, 2010 at 12:35 am

im so happy i found ur blog. ur such a fit inspiration. i love ur food pics and all the pics in general. ur super pretty too. happy earth day!!!

17 Jessica April 23, 2010 at 1:24 am

You consumed ALL of my favorite things tonight! I’m a die hard falafel fan and cake batter ice cream is probably the best thing that has ever happened to this world. πŸ™‚

18 britchickruns April 23, 2010 at 3:20 am

Hahah great pics of Derek! Sounds like you had a great night πŸ˜€ when are you two going to get married!? πŸ˜›

19 Marina April 23, 2010 at 5:24 am

Derek looks really cute eating that falafel πŸ™‚
Sounds like a great night πŸ™‚

20 Sarah April 23, 2010 at 7:21 am

Ooh, I think I’m going to have to try that falafel recipe. Your sandwiches look delicious!

21 Matt April 23, 2010 at 7:23 am

Lol you probably no more about the NFL draft now than I do. I don’t really watch that stuff.

22 amandapanda1981 April 23, 2010 at 7:52 am

Dinner and dessert looked delicious!

23 Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) April 23, 2010 at 7:57 am

You took a break from watching the Draft to go get ice cream? A break? LOL! No breaks here! LOL! We watched the entire thing from 7:30 until 11:00. I love football (almost) as much as my husband, so I was enjoying every minute of it.

Homemade falafel? I am impressed!!! Everything looks so delicious!

24 Meghann April 23, 2010 at 9:26 am

He brought his iphone with him, so he spent the whole time checking the stats on who got pick and was able to follow along without missing a beat. πŸ™‚

25 Rachael April 23, 2010 at 8:43 am

Um, you two are adorable. I love the thumbs up photo! That dinner looks goood..

26 Kelly April 23, 2010 at 9:01 am

Haha so nice of you to fork over control of the remote. I probably wouldn’t have. Just like I will not relinquish control of the radio today.

27 Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 23, 2010 at 9:14 am

Last night my husband kept telling me to stop working and come downstairs and watch tv with him– I listened because I thought that meant the Office was on. No, no…it was to watch the draft.

Once you give them control of that remote- you never get it back πŸ˜‰

28 Christina April 23, 2010 at 9:17 am

I always pick cake batter ice cream too. It’s the best flavor!

29 sally April 23, 2010 at 9:22 am

Haha sweet Heisman pose Derek!

30 peanutbutterfingers April 23, 2010 at 10:28 am

i am OBSESSED w/ jeremiah’s! i didn’t know they had that flavor. i’m checking it out ASAP! πŸ™‚

31 RhodeyGirl April 23, 2010 at 11:58 am

YEAHHHH!!

THANKS FOR THE SHOUT OUT! I LOVE FALAFEL YUMMMM!

Happy to hear you liked the recipe!

32 Tracey April 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I watch the NFL draft too! I was happy that my man Suh was the 2nd pick but not so happy that he has to play for the Lions:(

33 Emily Josephine April 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I didn’t know Jeremiahs had cake batter! i will HAVE TO check that out!

34 Bridget April 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Hey I just made falafels too!! I think I must try out Sabrinas recipe though!! Haha I totally watched the draft too πŸ™‚
Why oh why can’t i get that soft serve up here!!!!!

35 Duchess of Fork April 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I love that Derek will let you put funny pictures of him on here! My husband would die if I tried to do that on my blog. Have a good weekend!

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