Lentil Balls (Vegan Meatballs)
- ½ cup uncooked green lentils
- 1 cup walnut halves, finely chopped
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 cups cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
- 3 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup kale leaves, de-stemmed and finely chopped
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
- ½ tsp rosemary
- ½ tsp thyme
- ½ tsp oregano
- 1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
- 2 Tbsp ground flax + 3 Tbsp water
- ½ cup rolled oats, ground into a course flour
- ½-3/4 tsp sea salt, to taste
- Ground black pepper to taste
Add lentils to a medium pot along with 2 and ¼ cups water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Simmer for about 20 minutes, uncovered, adding more water if the lentils dry out. Once the lentils are fork tender, remove from heat and mash with a potato masher until it’s a coarse paste with some lentil pieces still intact. Set aside.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325F. Toast the chopped walnuts for 9-12 minutes, until lightly golden and fragrant. After toasting, increase oven temperature to 350F.
In a large skillet or wok, add the oil along with the finely chopped mushrooms and garlic. Season with salt. Saute over medium heat for about 7-9 minute, until most of the water cooks off. Now add the kale, toasted walnuts, cranberries, herbs, and sherry vinegar. Stir until combined and continue cooking for another few minutes until the kale is wilted. Remove from heat and stir in the mashed lentils when ready.
In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax and water. Stir for 10 seconds and then immediately pour into the skillet mixture. Stir to combine. Now stir in the ½ cup oat flour until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The mixture should be fairly moist and sticky. If it’s way too sticky, add a bit more flour. If it’s dry, add another tbsp of water.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Shape the lentil mixture into balls and pack tightly with your hands so they hold together. Place on a baking sheet an inch or so apart. Repeat for the rest. If the mixture is too hot to handle, let it cool for a bit first and then proceed.
Bake the lentil balls at 350F for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, gently flip over, and bake for another 11-13 minutes, until golden and firm on the exterior.
Nutrients Per Serving
- Calories: 113.5
- Protein: 4 g
- Fat: 6.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 10.6 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Sodium: 90 mg
- Potassium: 200 mg
- Phosphorus: 99 mg