October 20, 2012

Lentil Meatballs

Oh, hello greatestrecipeEVER!

Lentil Meatballs

Thanks to: Post Punk Kitchen
feel free to double or triple this recipe!

*1 garlic clove
*1/2 cup onion
*1 1/2 cup cooked lentils with a few tbsp of the water
*3 tbsp nutritional yeast
*2 tbsp gluten (can omit, I have before)
*2 tbsp Liquid Aminos
*1 tbsp tomato paste (I just use part of a tomato to be honest!)
*1/4 cup ground oats
*1/4 cup whole oats
*italian seasoning, oregano, salt n' pepper, parsley... etc!
*1 tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven 350* F. Mince garlic, dice onion, set aside. Process lentils, nutritional yeast, gluten, Liquid Aminos, tomato paste & oil. Add that delightful blend to garlic and onion mix. Combine with whole oats, your seasoning, and the "bread crumbs" that are ground up oats. Heat up a pan and add a tablespoon or so of coconut oil, roll the mix into balls and pan fry for a few minutes 'till brown on all (or most) sides. Then bake for 15-20 minutes until heated through. Joyous!

Thank you, thank you again to POST PUNK KITCHEN for this recipe, it is a staple in our home now. I make huge batches and freeze them for later - they're my (omnivore) husband's favorite! You can also make them into large burger-size patties and no one will know that they're supposed to be meatballs. Just replace the seasoning, if you wish, with chili powder, cayenne and paprika for a bbq spicy burger! Oh. So. GOOD!

 In other news... Santiago and I had a chilly walk around ye ol' neighborhood Friday. He slept like a rock the whole time, like he always seems to, and we got home just before the rain started. Then I took on the scary, makes-me-nerrrvous, task of pumping with the hopes of trying a bottle last night. You see, the love bird (hubby) and I celebrated our anniversary the other day, and were hoping maybe we could sort of you know... leave the house and grab a small bite to eat together, as a married couple, enjoying each other's sweet presence, holding hands and staring into each other's eyes, contemplating the meaning of life (live for Christ, love others, tell them about His promise of eternal life, worship our great Lord - just sayin'), while grandma and grandpa hang out with their love bird (baby Santi).

So. I pumped for fifteen minutes in a separate part of the home, while Santi slept downstairs with my folks. In just that short period of time I was able to create a glorious total of 5-ish oz (a little from each side) and put it in the fridge. We then decided, well, Santiago decided, he was hungry and it was time to test out this new object called the bottle. Eeeek!! So, out of the fridge, almost instantly so it hadn't gotten cool yet, came 2.5oz of mother's milks. Without hesitation, as grandmama placed the bottle up to Santi's mouth, he went to town. He sucked on that bottle like he had never eaten before in his life, much like he attacks my goods during a mommy feeding. Then, of course, in three seconds flat (give or take a few minutes) he had finished the two and a half ounces and started to suck in pure, empty-bottle air. No good. Off to burping land he went with grandpapa and soon enough... after a nice sleep break since life for him is sooo exhausting, he was offered bottle #2 (another 2-3 oz or so) which had been in the fridge for a bit so we emerged it in a glass of hot water to warm it up, and GUESS WHAT? Even though it was a man, who just so happens to be his grandpoo, that handed him the bottle, he took to it! Hooraahh! He also, not surprisingly, finished it in record time and tried to suck the air out of the entire bottle. Can you say upset tummy, child? Just stop sucking when the milk is gone! You is gonna go and get yourself air bubbles!

 And the biggest blessing of it all? A few hours later he has no trouble breastfeeding with mommy, which was my concern with introducing him to the bottle. So, so thankful! And, as a side note, Santi has had many reflux-free feedings recently! He still has his every-so-often unhappy meal, but usually a few rubs on the back, a position change and some, "shoo shoo shoooooo"'s from mami or papa calm him down. Praise God for a happy baby boy!

Now it's oh-so-time for the weekend! We absolutely love papa bear days :)

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 
Philippians 4:7


  1. I am pretty new to your site. This is the second cooking video I've watched of yours and I think you did an awesome job with both! I can't understand why you don't have any followers?

    Baby Santi has got to be the cutest baby I've ever seen! Honestly, can he get any cuter?

    I am not a vegetarian, don't have kids, have been married for 31 years (we celebrated our anniversary a few days ago, so Happy Anniversary to you too!) but I enjoy your blog.

    I dislike lurking on blogs, so just wanted to let you know I was out here and appreciating you!

    1. Thank you so much! Happy anniversary to you two, 31 years is huge!