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Chickpea-Lentil “Meatballs”

Prep: 15 minutes plus chilling
Bake: 15 minutes
Serves: 4

  • 1½ tablespoons Our Family® Olive Oil
  • ½ cup dry red lentils
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) Our Family® Garbanzo Beans, ¼ cup liquid reserved, drainedt
  • ¾ teaspoon Our Family® Garlic Powder
  • ¾ teaspoon Our Family® Onion Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Our Family® Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Our Family® Black Pepper
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¾ cup Our Family® Italian Style Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Our Family® Dried Parsley plus additional for garnish (optional)
  • Lemon wedges for serving (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375°; line rimmed baking pan with parchment paper and brush with ½ tablespoon oil. Prepare lentils as label directs; drain, spread on a paper towel-lined plate and refrigerate 8 minutes.

2. In food processor, purée chickpeas, reserved liquid, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and lentils until almost smooth with a few chunks remaining, scraping bowl occasionally with rubber spatula. Transfer chickpea mixture to large bowl; stir in breadcrumbs and parsley until just combined.

3.Form chickpea mixture into 16 (1¼-inch) “meatballs” and place on prepared pan. Brush “meatballs” with remaining 1 tablespoon oil; bake 15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.

4. Serve “meatballs” garnished with parsley along with lemon wedges, if desired.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (4 “meatballs”): 271 Calories, 8g Fat (1g Saturated), 0mg Cholesterol, 617mg Sodium, 39g Carbohydrates, 8g Fiber, 1g Sugars, 13g Protein

Chef Tip: Serve “meatballs” with tzatziki sauce, hummus or guacamole for dipping.