I am constantly on the hunt for hearty meatless meals. We are not vegetarians, by any means, but I do try to incorporate a couple of vegetarian dinners into our meal plan each week. Anyone else with me on this? Read more about this philosophy here.
These Lentil Ricotta “meatballls” with lemon and basil definitely fit the bill. And what amazes me about this recipe is that you can make as many “meatballs” as you see pictured… from just one cup of dried lentils! I mean, you can buy a whole bag of lentils for a dollar, so that couldn’t be any more budget-friendly for dinner. Now, the ricotta and parmesan might up the price a little, but just imagine the basil from your garden, homemade breadcrumbs from stale bread you might’ve thrown out anyway, spices from your cabinet, and less than a dollar on a lemon. Top off the finished “meatballs” with a box of whole-wheat noodles and a jar of your favorite marinara sauce and voila—it’s a dinner that’s both healthy and good for your wallet. Plus, with this many “meatballs” in one recipe, you’ll have leftovers for sure! Enjoy. :)