Make Ahead

Black Bean and Mushroom Vegetarian Meatless Balls

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April 22, 2019
Photo by jodiloves
Author Notes

These Bean Balls have a hearty texture, are full of flavor, and low in Weight Watchers points. I am serving them with a modified version of my Mom’s homemade spaghetti sauce. —jodiloves

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 57 minutes
  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked black rice
  • 15.5 ounces can of black beans, drained and rinse
  • 15.5 ounces can of chickpeas, reserve 1 TBSP of liquid, drain and rinse
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea liquid
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 ounces baby bella mushrooms, chopped small
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped small
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Original, Divided
  • 1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon parsley (dried or fresh)
  • 1 teaspoon basil (dried or fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Blend black beans, chickpeas, vegetable broth, chickpea liquid and eggs until almost smooth in a blender. Add to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan over medium and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Add onions, mushrooms, garlic, salt and a 1/4 TSP of Mrs. Dash and cook for 5-7 minutes until soft and a bit brown. Set aside to cool.
  3. Add black rice, bread crumbs, olive oil, nutritional yeast, onion powder, parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, salt, a 1/4 TSP of Mrs. Dash Original and mushroom mixture to the bean puree and mix until combined. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least and hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  5. Roll mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Spray top with cooking spray. Cook for 30 minutes. Flip balls and cook for an additional 20 minutes.
  6. Makes 16 balls, 4 ball per serving
  7. Serve with Mom’s Canned Spaghetti Sauce (without the canning) https://www.jodiloves.com/blog/2019/4/18/moms-canned-spaghetti-sauce-without-the-canning and spiralized zucchini noodles.

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