I found a super simple recipe for lentil "meat"balls from the website Vegan Sandra. Although there were so many different recipes for lentil balls, the reason why I chose this one is because it was the only recipe that I had all the ingredients for. That's how it is when I don't have time to go grocery shopping. I just jump on Google and hope that someone somewhere has come up with a recipe using the same ingredients that I've got in my kitchen.
I'm a huge fan of pasta, so this was a great dinner for me. Hearty and delicious. Unfortunately I had to eat it in 10 minutes because I didn't want to be late for the movie that Peter and I were going to see tonight. Even though I didn't get as much as I wanted to sit and savour the flavours, it was still yummy.
Peter and I went to watch Pacific Rim today. I really didn't have any expectation that it would be great, but I heard that the robots were awesome, and who can resist robots? Not Peter and I.
I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that it wasn't as disappointing as I thought it would be. I didn't really think much of the dialogue and the Australian accents made me laugh, but the action scenes were truly great. Every now and then I could feel Peter jumping up with excitement during the fight scenes. Love that Kid.
I actually didn't mind paying to see this movie. Robots fighting monsters on the big screen with sound blasting from every wall. Good stuff. I give it 6.5/10. And yes, the CGI (Computer-generated imagery) was great!
Vegan Lentil Balls
- 250 g green or brown lentils
- 200g rice (I used basmati)
- 3 tbsp barley flour (or almost any other flour will do)
- 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
- 5 tbsp bread crumbs
- 3 tbsp quality ketchup or tomato paste
- 1-2 tbsp vegan grill seasoning or something similar
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp vegetable stock powder
- 350 ml tomato juice (I just used a jar of bolognese sauce)
- 1,5 tbsp brown sugar (omit if using ready made bolognese sauce)
- a pinch of salt and ground black pepper
- (3 tbsp vegan cream)
- (fresh herbs for garnish)
- Boil the lentils and rice together until they are soft. Drain them really carefully, so there will be no liquids left.
- Add flours, bread crumbs, ketchup or tomato paste and seasonings. Mix carefully. Let the dough rest for about 10-15 minutes. Cover the baking tray with a baking paper, form the little balls, put them on a baking tray and bake at 200 C until they are crispy (about 30-40 minutes).
- For the sauce, heat up the tomato juice with sugar, salt and pepper. Add vegan cream and fresh herbs if you want. Stir, let it boil for a couple of minutes and remove the heat.
- Take about 20-25 baked lentil balls, put them in a bowl and pour the tomato sauce over the lentil balls. Serve with spaghetti, mashed potatoes, boiled potatoes, rice or on a sandwich.