Easy Lentil Meatballs

Healthy, easy Lentil Meatballs with buckwheat, fresh herbs and spices. Soft and flavoursome, perfect on a bed of spiralised zucchini.

A plate of vegan lentil meatballs in sauce on a chopping board

We’re heading into spring now so I’ll be saying farewell to some of these hearty winter comfort meals soon, but not before enjoying this delicious plant-based take on the classic meatball. 

So what makes a good plant-powered meatball? I feel it’s all in the spices, but you want to start with a nice mix of lentils with something to add a slight bit of texture. Red lentils were my pick for this because they are quick to cook and don’t really need to soak prior.

I literally threw them in the pot with an equal portion of rice, and the second time I made them, buckwheat. Turns out my partner prefers the rice version while I dig the buckwheat.

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Two dinner plates filled with lentil meatballs, marinara sauce and greens, on a large wooden chopping board

Once the lentil/grain combo has cooked, you drain and rinse under cool water, and add to a food processor with all other herbs and spices. Roll into balls, bake for 15 minutes, and voila.

To complete the meal, you’ll need a good sauce. To save time, I opted for a pre-made organic pasta sauce, but you may like to try this recipe here. I also folded a good 100g or so of baby kale leaves throughout the sauce as it cooked, to get a serving of leafy greens in there.

Finally, you can make it hearty by cooking some spaghetti up (I have a gluten free amaranth, quinoa & rice number in the cupboards), or make it light by serving on a bed of freshly spiralised zucchini noodles, tossed in quality extra virgin olive oil, chilli flakes, pepper and sea salt.

Close up of vegan lentil meatballs on a plate garnished with fresh basil ready to eat

This is another healthy meal that tastes fab the next day for lunch – you’ll get two dozen ‘meatballs’ out of the recipe – enough for two dinner servings + leftovers.


Nutrition Highlights:

  • Lentils and rice or buckwheat combine to provide a great source of quality plant-protein
  • Lentils provide prebiotic fibre, feeding the good bacteria in the gut
  • Chia and sunflower seeds add further protein and fibre
  • Parsley is a nutrition powerhouse and a great source of iron
  • A low GI, high fibre, mineral rich meal

 

Easy Lentil Meatballs
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Easy Lentil Meatballs

Healthy, easy Lentil Meatballs with buckwheat, fresh herbs and spices. Soft and flavoursome, perfect on a bed of spiralised zucchini.
Yields 24 meatballs.
Course Main
Cuisine Plant-based
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 24 meatballs
Calories 80 kcal
Author Lauren Glucina

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup red lentils
  • ¾ cup buckwheat groats
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 large shallot
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 4 tablespoons ground chia
  • 1 extremely packed cup parsley curly, chopped
  • 1 heaped tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup semi or sundried tomatoes drained if oily
  • 2 spring onions/scallions green parts, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon thyme dried
  • Sprinkle of chilli flakes
  • ½ teaspoon fine Himalayan salt
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven at 180˚C (355˚F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place lentils and buckwheat in a sieve and rinse very well under running water. Transfer to a large pot, fill it ¾ full of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat a little, and cook for about 15 minutes or till just done. Drain and rinse with cool water.
  3. While the lentils/buckwheat cook, heat a little olive oil in a pan and lightly fry finely chopped shallot. Add roughly chopped garlic cloves and cook a little longer. Transfer to a food processor.
  4. Add ground chia, parsley, tomato paste, spring onions, sundried tomatoes, salt and spices to the food processor and pulse to combine.
  5. Add the cooled lentils/buckwheat and blitz to combine. Add the sunflower seeds last for one final pulse.
  6. Roll mixture into balls using a tablespoon of mixture per. Place on baking tray and bake for 15 minutes max (you want them to be a bit soft), turning half way through.
  7. Serve with marinara sauce and pasta/spiralised zucchini. I love to fold about 100g fresh baby spinach or kale through the sauce to get some greens in there.
  8. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Easy Lentil Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 80 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g 8%
Calcium 2%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lauren Glucina is a plant-based whole foods Nutritionist, Naturopath and Medical Herbalist. She is a passionate advocate for food as medicine. Lauren has also formally trained as a Raw Foods Chef and has a soft spot for raw treats. 

Lauren is available for Natural & Nutritional Medicine consultations here.