One of our friends found this recipe and sent it to us. He was impressed with how easy they were to make, and also the fact that his young children ate them as well! It’s a vegetarian meal that won’t leave you feeling hungry a few minutes later.
- 2 cups cooked red or white kidney beans, drained
- 2/3 cup tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp. hot sauce
- 2 cups cooked plain quinoa
- 3/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/3 tsp. agave nectar
- Pinch of garlic powder
- Pinch of black pepper
- Salt to taste
- 24 1/2-inch cubes mozzarella (optional, leave out if making vegan)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mash beans until smooth. Add tomato paste, hot sauce, quinoa, parsley, basil, oregano, agave nectar, garlic powder, pepper and salt. Mix with wooden spoon (or hands if you don’t care about a mess) until it has formed into a soft “dough”. Roll mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls, then press a cube of cheese in each one and form the dough around the cube.
Line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper, and bake balls for roughly 30 minutes, turning once halfway through. The outsides should be crispy and golden-brown, and the insides will be soft. Be careful when removing them from the pan to serve; they will be a bit fragile directly after being in the oven. Serve hot with your favourite dipping sauce, or eat them on their own. You can store them in an airtight container for about 5 days, so you can cook them in advance and take them for lunch.
*Recipe and photo credit The Vegetarian Ginger