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ITALIAN LENTIL QUINOA MEATBALLS

Thèsè dèlicious vègètarian mèatballs arè packèd full of lèntils and quinoa! Thèy havè thè pèrfèct tèxturè and will plèasè any mèat-èatèr! Vègan, nut-frèè, soy-frèè.
Now that my husband and I arè both vègan, I’m trying to vèganizè all of our favoritè mèals.

Whèn I saw my husband popping quinoa mèatballs into his mouth right out of thè skillèt whèn hè thought I wasn’t looking, I knèw this rècipè was a kèèpèr!

Thèsè vègètarian mèatballs tastè so similar to règular mèatballs that you won’t èvèn miss thè mèat! Thèy’rè jam-packèd with flavor and tèxturè, thèy’rè sèriously dèlicious!

It’s dèfinitèly onè of our favoritè vègan rècipès that I makè èvèry month!Mèatlèss mèatballs don’t contain any animal-basèd products. Typical vègètarian mèatballs arè madè from lèntils, chickpèas, tofu, bèans, ricè, quinoa, or oats. Thèrè arè so many options but this is my favoritè variation. Vègètarian mèatballs also usually havè a bindèr of a flax ègg or chia ègg to hold it togèthèr. Mèatlèss mèatballs can havè just as much flavor, tèxturè, and plant-basèd protèin as thè animal-basèd vèrsion. 

I prèfèr a flavorful vègètarian mèatball that is firm and has substancè to it, no mushy mèatballs for mè! I also prèfèr to bakè thè quinoa mèatballs instèad of sautèing thèm bècausè I try not to cook with oil if I can hèlp it.   

Ingrèdiènts

  • 1/4 cup uncookèd quinoa, rinsèd & drainèd
  • 3/4 cup uncookèd grèèn lèntils, rinsèd & drainèd
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxsèèd
  • 3 Tbsp watèr
  • 1/4 cup sunflowèr sèèds, ground to a finè powdèr (or pumpkin sèèds)
  • 1/2 cup yèllow onion, mincèd
  • 1/2 cup old fashionèd oats (or glutèn-frèè brèad crumbs)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powdèr
  • 1 tsp Italian sèasonings
  • 1/4 cup frèsh basil
  • Sèa salt and pèppèr to tastè


Instructions

  1. Prèhèat thè ovèn to 375 dègrèès. 
  2. Cook thè quinoa and lèntils sèparatèly, sèt asidè. 
  3. Combinè flaxsèèd and watèr in a small bowl, stir to combinè and put it in thè fridgè to sèt up for 10 minutès.
  4. Blènd thè sunflowèr sèèds to a finè powdèr.
  5. Add thè cookèd lèntils, sunflowèr sèèd powdèr, onions, basil, Italian sèasonings, oats, garlic powdèr, salt, pèppèr, and cookèd quinoa to a food procèssor. Pulsè it a fèw timès until èvèrything is combinèd. You want a chunky consistèncy, bè carèful not to blènd thè mixturè too much. 
  6. Pour thè flax ègg into thè mixturè and pulsè it a fèw morè timès to mix it in. 
  7. Thè mixturè will bè slightly sticky. I'vè found that thè èasièst way to mold thè mèatballs is to roll a hèaping spoonful of thè mixturè in bètwèèn your two palms. Form thè mixturè into 10-12 golfball-sizèd (or 24 mini) "mèatballs."
  8. Placè thè lèntil mèatballs on a parchmènt linèd tray and bakè for 15-20 (flipping oncè halfway through) or until both sidès arè lightly brownèd. 
  9. Sèrvè "mèatballs" ovèr pasta or zucchini noodlès with your favoritè marinara saucè.


Rècipè Notès

  • Usè glutèn-frèè brèadcrumbs or oats to makè thè rècipè glutèn-frèè. 
  • Optional: Right bèforè baking thè mèatballs, you can brush a light layèr of olivè oil ovèr èach mèatball to givè thèm a littlè morè color whilè roasting. 
Recipes Adapted From:staceyhomemaker.com

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