Struggling to ﬁnd some fun, delicious & interesting meal ideas of Veganuary? This recipe for delicious lentil & quinoa ‘meat’balls is for you. These meat-free balls have the most hearty, amazing texture as well as the best, mouth-watering ﬂavour. They’re incredibly ﬁlling thanks to the high protein and ﬁbre content and they’re paired perfectly with a simple tomato pasta for a mid-week dinner or you can even eat them cold with salads as a falafel alternative.
Meat-Free Lentil & Quinoa Meatballs
- 100g red lentils
- 60g quinoa
- 1 tbsp flaxseed mixed with 3 tbsp water
- 1/2 white onion
- 3 tbsp tomato puree
- 3 tbsp gluten free flour
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Cook both the red lentils and quinoa according to packet instructions.
Mix the ﬂaxseed with the water and allow to sit for 5 minutes to thicken up.
Chop the onion and add to your food processor along with the cooked lentils, quinoa and all the other ingredients – including the ﬂaxseed mixture.
Pulse until the ingredients are broken down and combined but not pureed!
Form the mixture into meatball shapes.
Add the olive oil to a frying pan over a low-medium heat and allow to warm.
Place the meatballs in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side.
Once the meatballs are nicely browned they’re ready!
Serve with pasta and a delicious homemade tomato sauce!