Crispy Lentil Meatballs

Double the protein, double the fun! This recipe combines both animal and plant based protein sources into a tasty dish for your enjoyment.

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Serves8 (meatballs)
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  1. Rinse lentils and add to a pot. Bring to a boil in 2 cups water.
  2. Reduce heat, then simmer for 35-40 minutes or until soft.
  3. Strain off excess water.
  4. In a large bowl, mix ground meat, Parmesan cheese, garlic, Italian seasoning, pepper, and salt.
  5. In another bowl, mash cooked lentils with a fork. Add eggs to the lentils and continue mashing until well mixed.
  6. Combine lentil and egg puree into beef mixture. Add parsley. Mix well.
  7. Form meatballs by rolling into balls about 1 inch in diameter.
  8. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add meatballs to hot pan.
  9. Allow meatballs to brown, and then rotate and repeat until all sides are golden, crispy brown or until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 160°F for beef or 165°F for turkey.
  10. Serve over pasta or veggies.

Recipe Tips

Make this vegetarian by omitting the beef and adding 1 more cup of lentils.

Nutrition Facts
Crispy Lentil Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 311mg 13%
Potassium 402mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 11%
Vitamin C 13%
Vitamin D1%
Calcium 27%
Iron 22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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