The “meatballs” are hearty, flavorful, and delicious! They hold together really nicely and are a great addition to any spaghetti night.

Quinoa Lentil Meatballs [Vegan]

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Cooking Time

15

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled green lentils
  • 1/2 onion – chopped (sauteed if desired)
  • 2 garlic cloves – minced
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional  yeast
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • salt and pepper to taste
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Preparation

  1. In a food processor combine the onion, garlic, oats, tomato paste, parsley, basil, nutritional yeast, and fennel seed. Process for about 1 minute until all ingredients are combined.
  2. Add 1.5 cups each of the quinoa and lentils and process with the other ingredients. You want this to be somewhat smooth — just easy enough to ball up so it sticks together.
  3. Mix in the remaining 1/2 cups of lentil and quinoa until all combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pre-heat a pan with about 1 teaspoon olive oil. Roll lentil quinoa mixture into balls using about 2 tablespoons per ball. Place on the hot pan, rotating about every minute to make sure all sides get brown.
  5. Once all meatballs have been browned, you can either enjoy them at this point, or bake them in a 350ºF oven for about 15 minutes to dry out a little bit more.
  6. Serve with your favorite tomato sauce and spaghetti!
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