Meatless Black Bean Quinoa Balls
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A recipe to replace the Turkey space on your plate. These meatless balls are flavourful and meaty, and the mushroom gravy takes it to the next level.
Recipe type: Thanksgiving main, dinner
Serves: 25-35 balls
  • • 2 cups of cooked quinoa (1½ cups uncooked)
  • • 2 14oz cans of cooked black beans
  • • ½ cup ground flax meal)
  • • 1 cup water (to soak flax meal for creating the vegan egg)
  • • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • • 4 cloves garlic
  • • 5 cups cremini mushrooms, diced
  • • 1 cup grated carrot
  • • 1 cup walnut halves
  • • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • • ¼ bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • • 4 sprigs fresh sage
  • • 1 to 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • • ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  1. Cook quinoa if you haven't already. (Bring 1½ cups quinoa and 1¾ cup water to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes)
  2. Place flax meal into a bowl, add the water, then let sit 5 minutes
  3. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  4. Next, heat a frying pan over medium heat, add onions. Let cook for a few minutes, or until they become soft and translucent. If they stick, add a splash of water.
  5. Add the mushrooms and garlic. Continue to cook until the mushrooms have browned and all of their moisture has evaporated.
  6. Place onion, mushroom mixture into a big mixing bowl.
  7. Add grated carrot to mixing bowl.
  8. In your food processor, pulse the walnuts and sunflower seeds until a coarse meal forms, then add this to mixing bowl.
  9. Add all your fresh herbs to the food processor and blend until minced. Add to the mixing bowl.
  10. Add the cooked quinoa and black beans and pulse a few times (still should have some chunky texture to the beans). Add this to the mixing bowl.
  11. Pour the soaked flax egg into the food processor and purée for a minute. This will create an egg-white texture. Add this to the mixing bowl.
  12. Next, add the nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper to the mixing bowl and mix everything well to combine.
  13. Form ½ cup balls with your hands, and place on a parchment covered baking sheet.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes.
  15. Meanwhile, make the mushroom gravy.
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