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Meat-Free Lentil & Quinoa Meatballs

by Amelia Littlejohn
on 18th January 2019
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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

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  • 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
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  1. Cook both the red lentils and quinoa according to packet instructions.

  2. Mix the flaxseed with the water and allow to sit for 5 minutes to thicken up.

  3. Chop the onion and add to your food processor along with the cooked lentils, quinoa and all the other ingredients – including the flaxseed mixture.

  4. Pulse until the ingredients are broken down and combined but not pureed!

  5. Form the mixture into meatball shapes.

  6. Add the olive oil to a frying pan over a low-medium heat and allow to warm.

  7. Place the meatballs in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side.

  8. Once the meatballs are nicely browned they’re ready!

  9. Serve with pasta and a delicious homemade tomato sauce!

Amelia Littlejohn

My love and passion for vegan food was initially inspired by health problems. After being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and coeliac disease as well as suffering with mental health issues, I realised my diet needed to change drastically. My symptoms were affecting every area of my life, so I began to look at what food I was putting into my body and educated myself on how nutrition has a direct impact on how we feel, physically and mentally.
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