I have not made these yummy meatballs in a really long time and I almost forgot how delicious they are!! Super healthy and great not just as a meatless alternative for spaghetti, but I love them in salad. They are very easy to make, but the actual making of the balls does take a bit of time. Luckily this recipe makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen "meatballs" and they freeze really well.
I can't remember where I got this recipe from, so full disclosure...I did not create these, but I totally love them so had to share the recipe:
- 3 cups dry green lentils
- 5 cloves garlic
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 4T soy sauce
- 6oz tomato paste
- 1T fennel seeds
- 1/2T red pepper flakes
- 1/2T oregano
- 1/2T thyme
- pepper to taste
- Cook lentils according to directions on the bag. Drain and mash with a potato masher. Allow to cool slightly.
- Mince onion and garlic, beat eggs and preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop a spoonful into your hands and roll into 1" balls. Place on parchment paper and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.