6-Week Vegan Challenge
Well, I really liked these beanballs but, full disclosure, the rest of the fam did not.
They taste like bean veggie burgers, only in the form of a ball. I guess some people need a bun and ketchup to hide the fact they they are eating more healthful food.
So I ate my 3 balls and the rest are in the freezer, all for me, me, me. I think I'll make a "meat"ball sub.
Try them if you can handle BEANS and SOY and only 170 calories, 8g fiber, 2.5g fat, 10g protein, 260 mg sodium, no cholesterol, 35% daily Vitamin A, 15% daily Calcium, and 8% daily Iron.
Black-Eyed Pea & Tempeh Beanballs
Compliments of JennaDish
from Appetite for Reduction by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
MAKES 20 BEANBALLS, 3 PER SERVING
12 ounces tempeh
1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Several pinches of freshly ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon salt
First, prepare a steamer to steam the tempeh. When ready, break tempeh into bite size pieces and steam for 10 minutes.
In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350oF and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, use a fork or similar to mash the beans. They should be well mashed, with no whole beans left, but not completely smooth like a puree. Mince well the garlic cloves. Add the herbs and spices, soy sauce, tomato paste, and balsamic vinegar, and mix well.
When the tempeh is ready, add it to the mixture and mash well. It's ok if it's still hot when mixing, it will help meld the flavors. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, add the bread crumbs and salt. Taste for salt. If the taste is bitter, don't worry, it will mellow out when baked.
Using about 2 Tablespoons per ball, roll the miexture into walnut-size balls, placing them on the baking pan. Spray with an ample amount of nonstick cooking spray and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for 15 minutes, flip the balls, and bake for 10 minutes, uncovered.