Lentils, they are so versatile and there are so many different varieties. I love them. And not only because they are a great replacement for meat. I love them because they taste great and are such a good source of nutients.
These oven roasted red lentil ‘meat’ balls are a recipe from the cookbook The Green Kitchen, again this book proves itself to be a great cookbook, full of delicious and healthy recipes! Perfect to eat as a snack with a fresh yoghurt sauce or to use as ‘meat’ balls with your spaghetti or courgetti. They are oven baked, so a bit dry instead of fat. A little bit of sauce will bring out the best.
Did you already see the nutritional value? 1 small little ball contains 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein. Yes, you read it correctly. That’s why it like it so much to cook with legumes!
red lentil balls
little vegan 'meat' balls made with red lentils, onion, garlic and oets
- 200 gr red lentils
- 50 gr red onion
- 10 gr garlic 1 large clove
- 40 gr tomato concentrate
- 3 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 40 gr oatmeal
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch pepper
thoroughly rinse the lentils under cold running water. Drain and bring to boil with 500 ml cold water and a little bit of salt. Turn the heat low and let them softly boil for 15 minutes or till they are ready. Drain and let them cool down a little bit
finely chop the onion and garlic. Mash the lentils, but make sure a bit of structure remains. Add all ingredients together, mix well and put in the fridge for 30 minutes
preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celcius fan-mode
prepare a baking tray with parchment baking paper. Use your hands (damp of bit wet is best) to form 15 balls. Put them on the baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the oven. Carefully turn them around each 5 to 10 minutes, so that they brown equally
perfect to eat as a little snack. Make sure you have some refreshing yoghurt sauce, as the balls are a bit dry due to the baking. You can also use them for your spaghetti with balls or courgetti dish. Will be a great way to replace meat!
Original recipe can also be found here!