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Sep 24 2011 by
I’m not gonna lie. Eating a healthy plant-based diet is HARD! So so so many of the ‘vegan’ products on the market are filled with artificial sugars, tons of chemicals and a buttload of processed ingredients. Coming up with a tasty and healthy meal for dinner has never been so hard. I know it will just take time to get used to this lifestyle as it does whenever you start a new journey but I feel out of my league and slightly scared. I read in a magazine that all kids like refried beans. I gave them to my kids and they spit them out. I was told lentil soup would be a big hit. My son gagged on it. I was really starting to get worried. How many times could we eat Quinoa Loaf and Crunchy Burgers Patties? When we first started eating a “clean” diet, I would go through my recipes and clean up our favorites. Why couldn’t I do the same thing now? You all know I have a thing with meatballs – don’t judge! Lentils make a great substitute for meat and I knew that I could make a great meatless meatball. I used an old family recipe and switched a few things around and ended up with a great tasting dinner that everyone loved. My meat loving hubby gave these 2 thumbs up and even the kids enjoyed them (they didn’t like them too much on their own but once we put a bit of Homemade Ketchup on top they really seemed to like them). Whether you’re a meat eater or not, give them a try – you’ll be surprised how little you’ll miss the meat.
- 1 cup Homemade Breadcrumbs (if you follow a gluten free diet make sure to use gluten free bread when making your breadcrumbs)
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 cups diced onions
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 3 cups lentils, mashed
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup no salt added tomato paste
- 2 cups cooked rice (a plain short grain or jasmine rice works best)
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or Garlic Gold Oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with non stick foil and set aside.
- In a large saute pan add oil and heat on high heat. Once the oil is hot add the carrots and onions and saute until tender.
- In a large bowl mix together the carrots and onions with the remaining ingredients.
Roll into approximately 48 balls and place on a baking sheet
- Using the palms of your hands roll the mixture into 1-2 inch sized balls. Place each ball on the baking sheet and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until hot all the way to the center.
- Remove from oven and serve over rice, pasta or a salad. Enjoy!
Makes approximately 48 bites.
Serving size 6 bites.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 162, Cal. from Fat: 21, Total Fat: 2.5g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: 27g, Fiber: 8g, Sugars: 4g, Protein: 9g, Sodium: 132mg, Chol: 0mg
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. They also freeze rather well. You can easily reheat in the microwave or oven.