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Quinoa, Cauliflower and Chickpea Vegetarian Meatballs with Tahini Sauce: Vegetarian meatballs are easy to make with a combination of quinoa, cauliflower, chickpeas and an assortment of spices and herbs, drizzled with a homemade tahini sauce | aheadofthyme.com

Quinoa, Cauliflower and Chickpea Vegetarian Meatballs with Tahini Sauce


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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 40 meatballs
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Description

Vegetarian meatballs are easy to make with a combination of quinoa, cauliflower, chickpeas and an assortment of spices and herbs, drizzled with a homemade tahini sauce.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups cauliflower florets (about half a head of cauliflower)
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon italian seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs

For the tahini sauce:

  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Bring a medium pot of water to boil and cook the cauliflower for 5 minutes. Drain and place the cooked cauliflower into your food processor.
  3. Add the cooked quinoa, chickpeas, breadcrumbs, garlic, cilantro, onion powder, italian seasoning blend, paprika, salt and pepper and puree on high until combined.
  4. Scoop the mixture out into a large bowl and add the eggs. Mix well until the eggs are fully incorporated.
  5. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Roll out into small 1 inch thick balls and place onto a lined baking tray.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the balls are golden brown and firm on the outside, yet soft inside.
  7. Make the tahini sauce: While the “meatballs” are baking, make your tahini sauce. Combine all ingredients, except for the parsley, into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a small bowl and add the parsley. Stir to combine.