Black Bean and Lentil Meatballs

Our Black Bean and Lentil Meatballs are delicious and a great source of protein if you’re a Vegetarian. If you’d like to make this truly vegetarian, you can substitute vegetable stock for our beef broth we used in the lentils.

Meat is hard to find in times like this. When we go to the grocery store we can either pay premium prices for the “Grass Fed” beef or we have to get creative. We decided to get creative this week by making out Black Bean and Lentil Meatballs.

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Black Bean and Lentil Meatballs

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cans black beans
  • ¼ yellow onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup green lentils rinsed
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup plain bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Black Bean and Lentil Meatballs

  • Cook Lentils in beef broth instead of water and set aside
  • Open and rinse black bean cans and mince garlic and onion
  • Add all ingredients (including spices and egg) in a big bowl and pulse them together with a hand blender or mash up with hands
  • Once nice and mixed, start taking out spoonfulls and forming them into balls
  • In a skillet with oil over high heat begin to lightly place the balls in
  • The skillet is to get a nice crisp outter skin on them because everything is technically ready to eat in the bowl, this just adds texture
  • Once ball is fried to your desired liking, they're ready to eat!
Black Bean and Lentil Meatballs with marinara and Black Bean and Lentil Meatballs with feta spread

Val put hers over a feta spread that consisted of feta, lemon and olive oil blended together. I decided to go back to my Italian roots and make a nice marinara for mine. I’m not going to sit here and say “They’re so good you won’t even know its not meat”, because you will. But, I will say, these Black Bean and Lentil Meatballs are delicious and an amazing substitute for meat. Our goal is to try and bring easy to find ingredients to make different recipes. I think we knocked this one out of the park.

Black Bean and Lentil Meatballs with feta spread

The possibilities are endless for what you can do with these meatballs. The feta spread and marinara were the first things that came to our minds. Later, I went on to use the balls for a “Meatball Sub”. We also had plenty so we used them with an Alfredo sauce a couple nights later. Lets just say we are trying to ease our way into the #quaratine15. You can throw them into a gyro or even cut them in half and put them on top of a homemade pizza. Whatever you do, we just hope you enjoy them.

Black Bean and Lentil Meatballs with marinara

We will continue to bring you more creative twists on recipes like this one. We truly hope you enjoy our Black Bean and Lentil Meatballs and as always, from our kitchen to yours, cheers!

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