Welcome to Health Alignment and thanks so much for visiting us today. These lentil “meat” balls are a great simple dish to add to many different meals. They are packed in protein and are gluten free as well. I use these to top off breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and they go down great in pasta as well. The bulk of these protein balls are made with lentils which have many health benefits such as lowering cholesterol as lentils help to reduce blood cholesterol since they contain high levels of soluble fiber. Lentils are great for heart health as high fiber foods can reduce your risk of heart disease. Lentils are also a great source of folate and magnesium, which are known to be big contributors to heart health. Lentils are also great for digestive health, stabilised blood sugar and are a great source of protein.
You are going to need:
Measuring cups and spoons
45 minutes (or less if you fry the balls instead of bake them)
Ingredients (Makes: 16):
1 Teaspoon of coconut oil
1 Onion sliced
1 Teaspoon of crushed garlic
2 Cups of cooked lentils
1 Teaspoon of italian herbs, sage and smoked paprika
1 Tablespoon of tomato paste
1 Tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons of water
1/4 punnet of mushrooms sliced such as denny mushrooms
Preheat oven to 180°C or skip this step if you wish to fry the balls.
Mix the chia seeds and water in a little bowl and leave to set aside.
Sauté the onions in the coconut oil on medium heat. Add the garlic and mushrooms and cook for a further minute.
In a food processor add all the ingredients including the chia seed mix.
Pulse until combined but not too fine.
Line a baking tray and form each meat ball with about a tablespoon of the mix. Bake at 180°C for about 30 minutes.
You can also choose to fry the balls in a little bit of oil if you prefer them fried.
Enjoy with your favourite dish!
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