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Lentil Meatballs

Lentil Meatballs

Make 4 Servings

1 cup green lentils

1 tablespoon ground flax seeds

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

Sea salt

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons Italian seasoning

3 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds

1 tablespoon tomato paste

½ cup fresh parsley leaves

Ground black pepper

1. Prepare lentils according to package directions and allow to cool slightly.

2. Make flax egg by whisking ground flax with 3 tablespoons warm water and let sit for 10 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 375F.

4. Heat a small skillet over medium heat and add oil. Add onion and pinch of salt, and cook 5 minutes. Add garlic and Italian seasoning and sauté 1 minute more before removing from heat.

5. Place sunflower seeds in the bowl of a food processor and process until a coarse meal forms. Add onion mixture, cooked lentils, flax egg, tomato paste, parsley, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper. Process until just combined.

6. Form into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, or until just browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

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