Sometimes I throw these vegetarian meatballs into a sub and smash it after a hard workout!

Vegetarian MeatballsYou may be surprised by how good black beans are for your health.

Just a half-cup of black beans contains six grams of dietary fiber with less than a gram of fat and no cholesterol.

These are quite filling without the fat (and lethargy) of eating beef meatballs.

Here’s a link to a vegan meatball recipe as well.


Yield: Makes approximately 6-8 “meatballs”

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 8 oz. of shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 organic farm fresh egg
  • 1/2 cup of gluten free Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 1 tsp. of ground sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place black beans, mushrooms, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, salt, pepper and seasonings into large bowl. Mix* thoroughly.
  • Coat muffin tin with coconut oil.
  • Roll mixture into balls and place in muffin tin.
  • Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes. Be careful not to let them dry out.
  • Remove from oven and serve with marinara sauce.

*The interior texture can get mushy if the mushrooms or black beans contain too much liquid. Be sure to drain all ingredients thoroughly before mixing.