Friday's Fixin's: Lentil "Meat" Balls

A few months ago, in order to get my noodle (i.e., brain) working after the carnage of chemotherapy, I decided to take French lessons.  I took French in high school for two years and loved it.  I think that secretly I am a francophile. Actually, I just out’d myself, so I’ll say it proudly:  I love any and all things French!

In addition to spirited cours de français, my wonderful professeur de français gave me a recèpe for boulettes de lentilles (meatless méat balls).  They are SO GOOD…and healthy (Silver Lining…Doublure Argentée!)

Because I am trying to watch my weight, I really enjoy them on a bed of arugula with a little reduced balsamic drizzled on top. They would be outrageously delish on a bed of pasta with “The Sauce“!  I hope that you enjoy them either way.

Boulettes de Lentilles
  • 3 cups of cooked lentils (I like the precooked ones from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1  chopped onion
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 1/2 cups of oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats)
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (I love Lucini olive oil)
  • parsley (fresh)
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and make balls or patties.
  • Either sautee the balls (or patties) in olive oil or bake them in the oven for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • You can serve them with a green salad (that is how I ate them) or with rice and tomato sauce.

J’espère que vous les apprécierez autant que moi! In other words, I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do!

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  1. becks says

    I'm so excited to find this! I'm trying to build out my "veggie" entree options. I pinned it…yeah I'm pinning…

  2. RITA says

    Looks Yummy, Hollye!! I don't cook but I hope it is easy to make. I eat lentils everyday. What kind do you get from Trader Joe's?

    I get the Irish Style Oats Steel Cut from Trader Joe's,hopefully, that will work.

    • says

      It is indeed yummy, Rita! I get the pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe's. They just say "pre cooked"…
      And yes, the Irish Steel cut oats will be perfect.
      I actually use Bob's Red Mill gluten free oats just because I like to avoid gluten whenever I can.
      Please let me know how it comes out! Enjoy!

  3. Valérie says

    Bonjour, je suis française et je vis en, France; je m'appelle Valérie,
    I discovered your blog and your story about a week ago through the blog"kiss the groom".
    I wish to tell you a big huge THANK YOU for your generosity and the beautiful way you relate your life.
    I am 41, mother of two little angels and I went through breast cancer last year. I am a fashion designer and illustrator.
    I loooove food and cooking and I am always looking for beautiful things in life, colors photos, everything who push me toward creativity and serenity…your blog is part of it, part of the things which make you feel good and positive.
    I will continue to follow your post with a lot of pleasure. I would be happy to share my french recepies and my passion for fashion with you.
    Sorry for the english mistakes

    • says

      Chère Valérie, Je vous remercie de votre note. Je l'apprécie vraiment! Oui! S'il vous plaît partagez vos recettes françaises et la passion pour la mode. J'aimerais échanger des idées. Je vous souhaite tout le meilleur état de santé très. Je vous remercie, encore une fois!