Friday, February 8, 2013

Shout-Out to the Facebook Homies

Cheesy Title, yes. Cheesy recipe, no.

Today on Facebook I shamelessly asked people to like a photo with a bribe that I would then share a recipe. Thank you social media for making me an extortionist.... But on a different note, thanks for liking the photo! Maybe share it with your friends... tell them about the blog... you know... if you want...

Here's the photo of a delish line up of fantastic lentil meatball subs!

So without any lolly gagging or story telling or distraction tactics or slight of hand or any thing else of that nature here is the recipe for Lentil Meatballs, may you make sandwiches, spaghetti, or meatballs over veggies :)

Lentil Meatballs
serves 8-10
(adapted from


Veggie broth (see recipe below)
2 cups red lentils
3/4 cup yellow onion (finely chopped)
4 cloves garlic
8-10oz crimini mushrooms (chopped finely)
1-2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon thyme
1 cup nutritional yeast
1 cup ground flax
salt and pepper to taste

Broth Ingredients:

3 cups water
1broccoli stalk 
1 carrot
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
To start, place all the broth ingredients into a large stock pot and cook on high heat until boiling. Allow to boil for 5 minutes and then simmer for 30 minutes. Once complete fish out the broccoli stalk and carrot. (Or... you can cheat and get low sodium veggie broth from the store.)

Once the broth is ready place the lentils in the pot and cook on high heat until boiling again. Then bring to a simmer for 20 minutes.

While the lentils are cooking place your onion, garlic, mushrooms, oil and seasoning in a large pan. Stirring often, cook the veggies on med-high heat until the mushrooms are very soft the onion translucent.

Once the lentils are finished cooking and the veggie mixture is finished place half the lentils and all the veggie mixture into a food processor or blender. Process until the mixture is completely smooth. In a large bowl place the remaining lentils and the new mixture. Add in you nutritional yeast, flaxseed, and salt & pepper. Stir everything together until combined. Prep a baking sheet with parchment paper. At this point roll up your sleeves and wash your hands, you are going in.

With your hands continue to mash the mixture together. Once everything feels like it is completely combined begin forming small (think diameter of a quarter) balls and place them on the baking sheet. Keep going until all the mixture is gone. This will probably take more than one baking sheet.

At this point preheat your oven to 375 degrees and place the baking sheets in the fridge for 20 minutes. Once the meatballs have chilled place in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes. Once out of the oven they are all yours. Cook them with marinara sauce and place them in a sandwich, or over noodles! They are al yours to eat up!

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