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Easy Lentil Meatballs

Easy Lentil Meatballs

Naturopath Lauren Glucina
Healthy, easy Lentil Meatballs with buckwheat, fresh herbs and spices. Soft and flavoursome, perfect on a bed of spiralised zucchini.
Yields 24 meatballs.
4.5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main
Cuisine Plant-based
Servings 24 meatballs
Calories 80 kcal


  • 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


  • Pre-heat oven at 180˚C (355˚F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add ground chia, parsley, tomato paste, spring onions, sundried tomatoes, salt and spices to the food processor and pulse to combine.
  • Add the cooled lentils/buckwheat and blitz to combine. Add the sunflower seeds last for one final pulse.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSodium: 40mgFiber: 4gSugar: 1gCalcium: 20mgIron: 1.4mg
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