Grease-Themed Dinner in Honor of Playing Rizzo

Grease-themed dinner recipe: Falafel Burgers with Baked Sweet Potato Fries


I recently was cast as Betty Rizzo in Grease—a dream role for me. In honor of my first rehearsal on Sunday, I planned a Grease- (and Greece-) themed dinner for Saturday night (after my 10-mile long run and zucchini bread snack).

What’s a Grease-themed dinner? Diner food… Burgers!

I chose Falafel “Burgers” & Baked Sweet-Potato Fries. Ironically, it was light on the grease—but heavy on the taste buds. Take a look these finger-lickin’ recipes we combined.

For the falafel “burger,” we used the following Falafel Pita with Tahini Sauce recipe.

Red Bulgur for Health Falafel "Burgers" with Baked Sweet Potato Fries recipe!


Recipe from


  • 2/3 cup bulgur
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves (I nixed this, as I’m weird about mint)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 cups torn lettuce
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers (I roasted my own! Recipe included below)
  • 6 (6-inch) pitas


Cook bulgur according to package directions; drain and set aside to cool. In a food processor, combine cooked bulgur, garbanzo beans, egg white, parsley, 1/4 mint, garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. Form mixture into 6 (approximately 3-inch) patties and place on a large plate. Refrigerate until firm (20 minutes). Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook falafel burgers until browned and heated through (3 minutes per side). Transfer to a plate. Before serving, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, and water in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Divide falafel burgers, tahini mixture, lettuce, and roasted red peppers among pitas and serve.

Red Bulgur for Health Falafel "Burgers" with Baked Sweet Potato Fries recipe!

Nom! Side note: We roasted our own red peppers with this recipe from So much better than buying the jar!

And, of course, these delicious sandwiches were paired with baked sweet potato fries. I found the following recipe on Pinterest.

Baked sweet potato fries to accompany healthy falafel burgers

(the fries in prep, before baking)


Recipe from


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder (I used fresh minced garlic!)
  • 1/8 tsp paprika

*I scaled this recipe down quite a bit to fit just one sweet potato. Okay, so I didn’t actually do any math. I just eyeballed the ingredients, and the fries turned out DELICIOUS.


Preheat oven to 450. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a shallow dish, combine oil & spices. If leaving the skin on*, scrub your sweet potatoes really well. If not, peel your potatoes. Cut sweet potatoes into ¼” fries. Toss fries in olive oil to coat. Spread fries out on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30* minutes, turning occasionally or until fries are browned.

*I left the skin on because that’s the best-tasting and most nutrient-dense part! Also, I baked my fries for 20 minutes, and as you can see in the top photo, they were slightly burnt. I recommend baking for 10-15 minutes with a watchful eye. (They still were amazing.)

Another note: These fries are made from true sweet potatoes, not the orange yams people commonly call sweet potatoes. I learned this while grocery shopping for this recipe! 🙂

In honor of getting cast as Rizzo in Grease, I created a Grease-themed dinner!


I can’t stress enough just how delicious and satisfying this recipe was, especially after a long run on a cold, snowy day (that was also filled with running tedious errands and getting my car oil changed, etc.). Those fries were bomb.



5 thoughts on “Grease-Themed Dinner in Honor of Playing Rizzo

  1. ladybug2311 says:

    Ok, my favorite fries are CRUISERS with ranch! But I’m going to make these sweet potato fries tonight, and I can see how they could give Cruisers a run for their money!


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