Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Squirrel Balls



meatless spaghetti and meatballs


Inspired by this recipe from Slender Kitchen, I set about to make a meatless replacement for spaghetti and meatballs. TH has no problem with the occasional meat dish, but we are out of moose meat (we rely on our hunter relatives for our annual moose supply),  and we choose not to buy beef.  This recipe may seem labor intensive, but it is really tasty and makes a huge batch of meatless balls, which I call squirrel balls (after a naughty tree rat who devoured a tray I left on the porch to cool).

Begin with: 
  • 4 cups veggie broth
  • 2 cups lentils

Bring veggie broth and lentils to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.  Transfer to a large bowl and lightly mash the lentils. Saute the next five ingredients until translucent in a medium sized saucepan. 
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 t basil salt (supplied for me by my lovely neighbor)
  • 1/2 t black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 medium zucchini, chopped into tiny pieces
When veggies are cooked, add the following three ingredients to the saucepan and bring to a boil.  Simmer the mixture for 15 minutes. 
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 T Costco "No Salt Seasoning"
Add the quinoa mixture to the lentils. Then add:
  • 1 finely chopped red pepper
  • 1 t Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 eggs
Roll mixture into balls and bake on a cookie sheet at 400 for 25 minutes.


vegetarian spaghetti and meatballs


While the squirrel balls are baking, prepare the pasta sauce.  

Pasta Sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (if you use marinated sundried tomatoes, drain the olive oil first)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t Italian seasoning
  • 1 large date, soaked
  • a couple dashes red pepper flakes
Blend in a high powered blender.

I choose to use spiralized zucchini as my "pasta", but use whatever base you desire.  Add the pasta sauce, a handfull of squirrel balls, a glass of wine, and I promise that everything will be right in the world. 


veggie meatballs


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