Lentil Meatballs
This recipe comes together quickly if you prep everything in advance. It’s a great way to make a statement for a holiday meal or to show someone how much you love them.
Servings Prep Time
12-13meatballs 30minutes
Cook Time
1hour
Servings Prep Time
12-13meatballs 30minutes
Cook Time
1hour
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. To start, cook the lentils according to the package instructions. While those are cooking, chop the carrots and slice the onions, keep them separate and set them aside.
  3. Heat a medium sauté pan to medium heat and melt the vegan butter. To the pan, add the sliced onions and cook until translucent. Turn the heat down to medium low and cook slowly for about 25 minutes or until a deep golden color.
  4. While the onions are caramelizing, start cooking the carrots. Heat a cast iron or sauté pan to medium heat and once warm add the olive oil. Next, add the carrots to the pan and sauté until soft. About 10 minutes or so.
  5. While the carrots are cooking, grind the walnuts in the food processor and transfer to a bowl. When the carrots and onions are done, add the lentils, carrots, onions, walnuts and tomato paste to the bowl of the food processor and pulse until just combined. You want to have some texture here. You may need to stop to scrape down the sides.
  6. In the bowl that the ground walnuts were in, add the bread crumbs, garlic powder, parsley, and salt and mix to combine.
  7. When the texture is where you want it for the meatball mixture, transfer that mixture to the bread crumb bowl and mix together with a spoon.
  8. Scoop the mixture out and roll into meat balls and place in a seasoned cast iron pan. Keep them close but not touching. This should make about 12-13 meatballs. It could make more or less depending on how large you roll them.
  9. Cook the meatballs for 40 minutes. Do not touch or flip them over. Once done, remove them from the oven and let them cool for 10 minutes before transferring them. This will allow the meatballs to finish setting up. Using a metal spatula, transfer to a bowl or however you wish to serve them. Enjoy.