These lentil buffalo “meatballs” are a healthier alternative to traditional buffalo wings. Not only do they taste delicious on their own, but they’re even better when stuffed in a pita with Greek yogurt ranch dressing and spinach! Trust me when I say even meat-lovers will be addicted to these vegetarian bites!
I’ve been trying to up our pulses and vegetables game lately. As a dietitian, I know how important it is to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, lentils and beans. Yet I tend to revert to meatier and/or starchier dishes in the winter. So, with warm weather officially here in Denver, I’ve made it my mission to up the plant-based foods without sacrificing flavor.
These lentil buffalo “meat”balls surprised me with how delicious they are. In fact, I was so sure they wouldn’t turn out as they were just loosely holding together when I rolled them into balls and placed them on the baking sheet. Yet, after 10 minutes in the oven they came out perfectly holding together and not at all dry. In fact, even without the sauce they were so juicy inside that Bry didn’t guess that they were made out of lentils. But don’t worry, I’m not saying skip the sauce. Because buffalo sauce + beer = perfect after hiking food.
These can take a try or two to get a feel for what the consistency should feel like, but just trust me and resist the urge to add more breadcrumbs. You don’t want these to get too dry inside.
Speaking of hiking, Bry and I have been getting out in the fresh air pretty much every weekend lately. Bern has turned out to be a hiking machine! I thought we were in good shape until we starting taking the pup hiking – every time we stop or slow the pace he starts whining and barking. Who needs a physical trainer when you have a cute puppy pushing you to go faster?
So here’s a toast to pushing yourself to try something different!
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