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Date & Lentil Meatballs

Date & Lentil Meatballs

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The Flourishing Pantry
The Flourishing Pantry
The Flourishing Pantry
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Serves 2 - 3
Prep time: 30min
Cooking time: 30min

This is the perfect tasty alternative to meat meatballs! You can also make loads and freeze for a lazy dinner. Plus the lentils provide a nice high level of plant-based protein for those of you who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet.

Serve with spaghetti, pasta or salad - the choice is yours! 

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Method
  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and set aside.

  • 2.

    First, soak the dates for 5-10 minutes in boiling water while you start the next few steps.

  • 3.

    Fry the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes on a medium heat until soft. Remove from the heat.

  • 4.

    Grind the walnuts into small chunks in a food processor.

  • 5.

    To the walnuts in the food processor, add the onion, cooked lentils, herbs and salt and pepper. Drain the dates and add them too. Blend in the food processor until the mixture is like a paste but with some texture.

  • 6.

    Use your linseeds/flaxseeds if the mixture doesn't look like it will stick together. If this is the case, add some linseeds (a small amount at a time), until it is a thicker texture and holds together to form a ball.

  • 7.

    Once the mixture is ready, shape the mixture into balls, using roughly 1 tablespoon of mixture for each ball.

  • 8.

    Arrange the lentil 'meat' balls on the baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, turning half way.

  • 9.

    Meanwhile, make your tomato sauce. Fry th onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes as before until soft. Add the tomatoes, herbs, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Simmer until everything is cooked and the sauce is the consistency you would like.

  • 10.

    Cook your spaghetti/past/veg noodles. Pour the sauce over and mix into the pasta until well coated.

  • 11.

    Place 2-3 lentil 'meat' balls on top of the pasta, top with some fresh basil and serve!

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