One15 oz. canBlack or Pinto Beansdrained and rinsed
1 1/2tsp.Onion Powder OR 1 Tb. Fresh White Onionfinely chopped
1/4tsp.Ground Black Pepper
2Tb.Dry Quick Oats
3/4cupCooked and Cooled Quinoa in a pinch, use the frozen type!
First, decide if you'd like to bake the meatballs in the oven or cook them stovetop in a frying pan.
Next, combine the water and ground flaxseed in a small bowl and set it aside.
Then, mash your beans in a mixing bowl using a potato masher.
Add the spices, salt, pepper, tomato paste, and the flax/water mixture to the bowl containing the mashed beans and stir very well until the tomato paste is evenly distributed throughout.
Next, add the cooled quinoa and the oatmeal to that bowl and stir well again.
Lastly, form this mixture into 11 to 12 equal-sized balls and either place on a lightly oiled frying pan over medium-high and allow them to cook for five minutes on each side until browned all over...Or place them on a baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. You can't go wrong either way!
Once they're cooked, decide how you'd like to eat them! You can go the traditional route and pile them on a plate of pasta with marinara sauce or just dip them in some ketchup!
*I find these go best with slightly sweeter sauces since they are on the savory side.**You can find flat parchment sheets HERE