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Spanish Vegan Meatballs with Smoked Paprika

  • Total Time: 1 hours 
  • Hands-on Time: 35 mins
  • Makes: 4 servings

Vegan meatballs made with lentils, mushrooms and garbanzo bean aquafaba are dressed in homemade tomato sauce and brought to life with Spanish smoked paprika and other spices.

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1. In a large saucepan, bring lentils and water to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain extra water and rinse lentils, then set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

3. In the same saucepan or a medium-size skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add mushrooms and 1/3 of the chopped onions. Sauté, stirring occasionally, for 7 minutes.

4. In a food processor, combine lentils, sautéed mushrooms and the remaining chopped onions, breadcrumbs, aquafaba, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, smoked paprika and nutmeg. Pulse for about 15 to 20 slow pulses, until mixture is easy to pick up and form into small balls.

5. Form “meatballs” and place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through.

6. In the same saucepan, heat olive oil. Sauté remaining chopped onions for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add garlic and sauté for 1 more minute, until fragrant. Add remaining 1 teaspoon smoked paprika. tomato sauce, tomatoes and salt, to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes.

7. Serve over rice with sauce and garnish with fresh parsley.



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