Oven Fried Lentil Balls Recipe

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Oven Fried Lentil Balls
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  • 2 cups lentils
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp tomato juice
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • cooking spray


  1. Rinse and drain the lentils. Chop the onion and the garlic.
  2. In a dry skillet, toast the pine nuts for 2-3 minutes or until browned.
  3. Put the lentils in a large saucepan, cover with the water, and add the salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Drain.
  4. Whisk the egg, tomato juice, and tomato paste in a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and the drained lentils and mix well.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic and saute for 3 minutes, until onion is soft. Add the coriander and cumin and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the onion mixture to the lentil mixture and stir well.
  6. Puree 1/2 cup of the toasted pine nuts and 1 cup of the lentil mixture in a food processor until smooth. Scrape the puree back into the remaining lentil mixture and add the remaining pine nuts and the black pepper. Mix well and season with salt if necessary. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  8. Put the remaining 1/2 cup bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Form spoonfuls of the lentil mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and roll in the breadcrumbs. Arrange the balls on the prepared cookie sheet. Spray the tops with cooking spray.
  9. Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until cooked through. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 443.46 Kcal (1857 kJ)
Calories from fat 162.08 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.01g 28%
Cholesterol 27.28mg 9%
Sodium 484.26mg 20%
Potassium 808.03mg 17%
Total Carbs 50.77g 17%
Sugars 4.03g 16%
Dietary Fiber 21.49g 86%
Protein 21.26g 43%
Vitamin C 7mg 12%
Iron 7.1mg 39%
Calcium 85.7mg 9%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 139.13 Kcal (583 kJ)
Calories from fat 50.85 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.65g 28%
Cholesterol 8.56mg 9%
Sodium 151.93mg 20%
Potassium 253.5mg 17%
Total Carbs 15.93g 17%
Sugars 1.26g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6.74g 86%
Protein 6.67g 43%
Vitamin C 2.2mg 12%
Iron 2.2mg 39%
Calcium 26.9mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 9.6
  • 10

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol,
  • high fiber

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