Meal Prep: Patties and “Meat”balls

I would call them neatballs, but I think that is actually a product name… Not sure. Anyway, getting ready for another week of school. Meal prep is the name of the game.

The original idea was just vegan meatballs. I was thinking about them simmering in a nice, thick tomato sauce. The patties happened because I thought they might be easier for packed lunch… Or maybe I was thinking it would be a lot less rolling of individual meatballs. Not that it’s much work. …So I’m lazy.

I am not going to write out a recipe, but I did think a couple process photos would be a fun way to mix things up.

Ingredients before and after. Dal (which I smashed with a potato masher after the pretty picture), chopped onion, some leftover rice, a bundle of blanched chopped spinach, oats, cayenne, and cumin.

After it had a few minutes to set up I put a sheet of plastic wrap on a board and formed the patties and balls. They’re in the freezer now. Once they are solid I’ll bag them and stick them back in the freezer ’til I need a quick meal during the week.

I’m pretty happy with the result. Whole food. Oil-free. Oats, legumes, and greens: loads of minerals and vitamins. And of course protein (lest anyone fear I might become deficient). Ha!

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2 Comments

  1. I’ve seen people sometimes use the word “dal” to refer to particular kind of stew. I’ve also seen it used for a particular kind of bean/pulse, not incorporated into a stew – looks like you’re using it the second way here? In one of your other posts you mentioned including some dal as an ingredient, and when I first read that I was thinking you’d mixed in some leftover stew, but I think maybe this is what you meant there, too. Which is good, because it makes it simpler to duplicate! (is this the same as “moong dal”?)

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    1. Yes, dal is used in both senses that you specify. It tends to clarify based on the context. I’m usually referring to it as a cooked legume and not a stew. Stew would work in this case, but take a lot more oatmeal or something to absorb the liquid. My way is surely a higher protein and mineral punch!

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