BBQ Lentil Bites — A smokey #vegan dish that both meat and veggie lovers alike will enjoy. I make this recipe at least once every week!
Howdy ho, Neighbor! (Home Improvement, anyone?!) I hope you are enjoying your Monday morning so far. I get the joy of having the day off thanks to Mr. Jefferson Davis Day (oh, Southern holidays). I actually had to look him up just so I would know who to thank when I lounge around in my PJ’s until 4 PM. He was actually the president for the Confederate States of America for the 4 years that actually occurred, but I’m pretty sure his real job was as an Abe Lincoln impersonator. Such twinsies!
In case you missed it, this Saturday featured my first topic on the Sinful Nutrition YouTube channel where I talked about chia seeds. Be sure to check it out for some chia pet and smoothie action!
Now that the
warm darn tootin’ hot weather is upon us I have been craving nothing but salads, ice cream, and BBQ. I was pretty disappointed during my grocery run that ALL of the BBQ sauce at my grocery store contained High Fructose Corn Syrup. Not just the cheap-o brands, but even the well known and more expensive ones. Now that I have more control over my sugar cravings after my sugar cleanse, I don’t feel the need to avoid all forms of sugar like the plague, but I still like to stay away from HFCS since I’m still not really sure if it is actually…well food.
I at least know sugar comes from the far away sugar cane, but high fructose corn syrup? Sure I guess it comes from corn, but I’m pretty sure peanut butter has more corn in it than HFCS. Anyways, I gave in to buying some BBQ sauce to cure my hankerin’ for some mesquite flavor. ( I of course bought the cheapest, duh). Since I don’t have a grill, but I was still craving some BBQ action I decided to get creative with my beloved lentils. I am always trying to think of new ways to eat them since they are a protein and fiber powerhouse, and adapted this recipe for a lentil loaf from For the Love of Food. Since I also didn’t have a loaf pan, and “lentil loaf” sounds like something my non-existent German Grandmother would make, I decided a muffin tin and the word “bites” would be much more appetizing. I seriously can’t get over how much I love these things. It made a lot for me since I am just cooking for one, but found it easy to eat these just about every night for dinner.
- 1 cup lentils, dry
- 2 cups water
- 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed meal + 4 Tbsp water
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 cup instant oats
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- ½ tsp salt & pepper
- ¼ cup BBQ sauce
- 2 Tbsp ketchup
- Combine the lentils and water in a medium saucepan in medium stockpot over high heat, and bring to boil.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook 25-30 minutes, or until lentils are tender. Drain any excess water and slightly mash lentils with potato masher or fork.
- Combine ground flaxseed meal with 4 Tbsp of water in a small bowl and set aside. This will act as a binder, similarly to eggs.
- Heat a skillet over medium, and add chopped onions. Cook until tender ~about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Combine lentils with seasonings, flaxseed mixture, cooked onions, vegetable broth, and oats.
- Once combined, spoon the mixture into the prepared muffins tins evenly. Press down on each one to make sure mixture will stick together during cooking.
- Mix together the BBQ sauce and ketchup in a small bowl. Spread a small amount on top of each lentil mixture.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Allow 5-10 minutes for bites to cool before removing from pan.
- Serve with extra BBQ sauce for dipping.
**Regular oats can be substituted for instant, but I suggest pulsing them in a small blender or food processor for a few seconds to resemble the instant oats.**
BBQ lentil bites with homemade coleslaw and sauteed collard greens
I have to say from past non-meat loaf experiences that I was a little apprehensive that these were actually not going to crumble the second my fork touched them, especially since the mix was rather wet before going in the oven. I’m happy to say that these babies stuck together like my thighs on a plastic chair in the Summer! Bad analogy? Well lemme just say these things are tasty! Serve ’em up with some extra BBQ sauce, grilled veggies, and a nice cold one, and you have a meatless meal ready for dinner out on the deck! I swear even your meat-avores will dig this dish. It’s that good.
What’s your favorite food to grill?
Have you ever had lentils?