Lentil Meatballs

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1 tsp, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ cups green lentil, cooked
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¼ cup fresh Italian seasoning
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F (190˚C).
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat then add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly golden brown then remove from heat.
  3. To a food processor, add the garlic, lentils, egg, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, tomato paste, parsley, Parmesan, bread crumbs, Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper and pulse, mixing until just combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a medium-sized bowl.
  5. Use a cookie dough scoop to scoop out balls of mixture then carefully form into balls.
  6. Arrange on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Remove meatballs from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.