"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." - La Rochefoucauld
Vegan meatball alternative "Bean-far beanballs"
(my own touch, tee-hee)
I haven't blogged from my creative space inside myself, my own abi, in a while. i've been feeling discouraged by a lot of things, namely my lack of creativity, and how i've been comparing my small little blog to the ones with over a thousand followers... and that doesn't work! i realized one cool thing i have going is my vegan diet, and since i refuse to eat processed foods, its getting pretty creative! so here goes, i hope i can post a recipe often, and tell me what you think! i wonder if i can do a recipe and something else?? well i'll see! xx, enjoy. i really liked this one.
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I found an amazing vegan cookbook called Veganomicon. i adapted their "beanball" recipe.
what you'll need (according to my successful adaptation):
- 20 oz of cooked kidney beans (around a cup and a quarter). i used both kidney beans and white beans, but be careful: the white beans make them fall apart more easily
- 1 tablespoon of soy-sauce
-2 tablespoons of tomato paste (freeze to keep any unused for later recipes)
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
-a little less than 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest ( i found it to be strong in the mix, so if you love lemons, go for as much as you'd like)
-1/2 cup bread crumbs ( i recommend medium sized, not finely grated)
-1/4 cup whole wheat flour
-1/2- 1/4 teaspoon of your favorite flavoring, such as parsely, dried oregano, dried thyme
what you do:
mash the kidney beans in a mixing bowl with a fork or other medium until you have a smooth mix (BUT make sure you can still tell they are kidney beans, don't mash too much)