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Game Day Beet Balls
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Game Day Beet Balls

Look after your vegan and vegetarian friends with these delicious little morsels packed full of goodness. Beet Balls combine beets with lentils, bulgur and spices to create a great meatball alternative
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Whole Food Bellies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups homemade vegetable broth store bought is fine also
  • ½ cup brown lentils uncooked
  • 1 ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ cup uncooked bulgur wheat
  • 1 small finely minced brown onion
  • ½ lb beets peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine the broth, lentils and thyme in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer, uncovered, for 35 mins
  • Add in the bulgur, give a quick stir, and pop the lid on. Set aside for 20 minutes, until all the liquid has been absorbed
  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper and spray with coconut oil
  • Add all other ingredients to the lentil mixture, and stir to combine. Keep mixing until the mixture resembles a moist dough - you may need to get in and get your hands dirty here, depending on how juicy your beets are
  • Using a cookie scoop (if you have one - otherwise just use a tbsp and form into a ball with moistened hands), scoop balls of the dough onto the parchment lined tray
  • Spray the balls with a little bit more coconut oil and bake for 30 minutes. The balls should be a little bit crunchy on the outside, and really hot on the inside. Remove from the oven, and serve with your favourite dipping sauce

Notes

I use fractionated coconut oil, which can be sprayed from a can like cooking spray (I use the one found at trader joes)

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.5g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 3.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 102mg | Fiber: 5.2g | Sugar: 4.7g