Lentil "Meatballs"

27 February 2013

Ryan loves pretty much everything I cook.
And although he thinks everything tastes delicious, he likes to complain when dishes don't involve red meat.

He doesn't like that I use ground turkey in a lot of things....and he doesn't like when I create "fake meat" dinners.

It's just a mental thing, because if I never told him there was ground turkey in something, he wouldn't know.

A couple nights ago I decided I wanted to use the extra lentils I had from Whole Foods to make "meatballs". Ryan was all about the Italian feast, until he saw me rolling meatless meatballs. I told him to stop being a baby and wait until he tried them before judging.

Halfway through dinner I looked over at him (and his almost empty bowl) and asked if he liked them. He cringed because he knew I was thinking "I told you so".

And so I give you this delicious recipe for Lentil "Meatballs"!
They truly were so scrumptious. Even meat lovers will enjoy them.

Lentil "Meatballs"

13 meatballs

- 1/2 cup lentils, rinsed
- 1 bay leaf
- 4oz mushrooms
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp wine, white or red
- 1/2 cup broth, chicken, beef or vegetable
- 1 tbsp worchestire sauce
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 tsp fennel
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper

1// Place rinsed lentils, the bay leaf and 1 cup of water into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes only. Drain the lentils and throw away the bay leaf.

2// Pour lentils, mushrooms (I used canned), and onions in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.

3// Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Sautee garlic for a minute. Add the lentil mixture and stir. Cook for 3 minutes. Add in wine and stir until it evaporates. Then mix in the broth (I used chicken), worchestire, oats, and all of the spices.

4// Once the mixture has dried out a bit, remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.

5// Remove the bowl from the freezer and make 3 tbsp sized meatballs. Place each meatball in a mini muffin slot. Bake in the oven 40-45 minutes.

6// Serve with pasta and sauce or even on their own with pesto.

Oh yum....

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  1. This dish looks awesome! I love all of your recipes! I have never tasted or used lentils, this will be a new experience for me. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I've been trying to find good substitutes for meat every so often. I cannot wait to try them!

  3. That's too funny, my boyfriend is the exact same way, will complain about ANY dish that doesn't have meat in it.

  4. I have been incorporating a lot of meatless meals into our dinners recently and this looks amazing. I can't wait to try it!

  5. Omg girl -- I have the same problem with my husband! And I'm not a big red meat person AT ALL. I could completely cut it out of my diet, however my husband (& his family who once caused drama that I don't believe in red meat) insists on red meat and things vegetarian meals are "strange." Er.... But sometimes I just don't tell him. I made butternut squash "fries" once-- he said they were good! Gotta trick 'em! xo

  6. HA sounds like Hudson. I tried saving money the other week by making a vegetable-only stir fry and he insisted I add meat to it! And, well, you know how the whole healthy "ice cream" thing worked out ;)

  7. That looks amazing. My husband is so picky, but I think he'd dig these. =)

  8. Pinning this!! I'm doing the Daniel fast right now and I'm desperately trying to find new recipes that fit the criteria! I'm so excited to try these

  9. Pinned this so I can try it soon! Looks delicious! :)

  10. Pinned it!

    These look DELICIOUS!!!!

  11. NICE! it would've never crossed my mind to use lentils! pinning this recipe for sometime next week!

  12. These could also be called LENTil "meatballs," right? :) - L

  13. Kaitlyn,
    This looks yummy. I love lentils and to add the pasta.
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  14. These look so good! Definitely a must try! New follower. I have a few chicken dishes your husband might like (we don't eat a lot of red meat either) @ http://myfreezerandcasserolerecipes1.blogspot.com/ but I think my kids and I will probably love this cause we have actually been heading a little more meatless lately. Hope you have a great day!

  15. susana mladenovskiJune 9, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    great dish!!!! cant wait to make this since me and my hubby are trying to get away from the meat, this is perfect and looks delicious. Thanks for the great recipe. Send my My-so called chaos :D


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