We’re still at the tail end of heart month so this recipe is packed with heart healthy goodness in the form of kidney beans. Research has found that higher legume consumption was associated with a whopping 82% reduction in risk of heart attack. Beans are also a great source of protein and are a favourite of vegetarians instead of meat or fish. As a meat eater I love the variety so I use beans in some of my recipes as an added boost.
Serving Suggestion: I served these with spaghetti squash (check here for recipe) to replicate spaghetti meatballs but much better…I think.
1 cup bulgur wheat
2 cups homemade veggie stock
2 cups cooked red kidney beans
1 large red onion – fine dice
2 garlic cloves – minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
2 organic eggs – beaten
1 cup Ener-G gluten free breadcrumbs or Italian breadcrumbs
1/4 cup cilantro – chopped
2 tbsp fresh marjoram – chopped
S&P to taste
Begin by cooking the bulgur in the veggie stock for about 20 minutes or until cooked. Taste it to make sure.
Preheat a medium saute pan on medium-low heat for 1 minute. Add olive oil and saute onion for 1 minute. Add garlic and spices and continue cooking for additional 3 minutes, stirring, until onions are cooked and translucent.
Remove onion mixture and set aside to cool.
Place cooked bulgur, onions & cooked beans in a large mixing bowl and add egg. With clean hands mix together along with the breadcrumbs and herbs.
Taste and season with S&P.
With wet hands roll each meatball to a golf ball size and lay on a foiled oven tray.
You can do this ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to eat. This will also help to firm them up.
When ready, preheat broiler and place tray under broiler to heat through and make crispy.
All recipes are made with the finest quality farmers market whole foods, natural and non-processed ingredients as much as possible.