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Vegan Italian Lentil Quinoa MeatBalls

Italian seasoned mashed lentil quinoa meatballs look just like real meatballs, perfect for pairing with your favorite marinara sauce and nestling into a big bowl of warm noodles. Vegan, soy-free…

Ingredients   [ For 4 to 5 people ]    [  Preparation time : 12 minute  –  Cooking time : 25 minutes  ]

  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 Tbsp water (or you can use ground chia seeds)
  • 3/4 cup green lentils, rinsed &a drained well
  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa, rinsed and drained (I’ve also used cooked cauliflower in a pinch)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, ground to a fine powder (or pumpkin seeds)
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasonings
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Preparation Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine flaxseed and water in a small bowl, stir and set aside to set up for 10 minutes.
  3. Use a food processor to blend the sunflower seeds to a fine powder.
  4. Cook the lentils and quinoa separately according to package directions. Add both to the food processor with the sunflower seed powder.
  5. Saute onions in olive oil in a large pan over medium heat for 5-8 minutes. Add the onions to the food processor.
  6. Add basil, Italian seasonings, bread crumbs, garlic powder, flax mixture, salt and pepper to the lentil mix. Pulse until you have a fine crumb and all ingredients are combined.
  7. Form the mixture into golfball-sized “meatballs.” If the mixture feels dry, add 1 tbsp olive oil to the mixture and pulse a few times.
  8. Place the lentil meatballs on a parchment lined tray and bake for 15-20 (flipping once halfway through) or until both sides are lightly browned.
  9. Serve “meatballs” over pasta or zucchini noodles with your favorite marinara sauce.

Enjoy it!!

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