I am always looking for new ways to incorporate plant based foods into my diet. Although I do eat meat and mainly go by diet of if it tastes good and is good for you I’ll eat it, I love creating recipes that can be enjoyed by many regardless of dietary restrictions. I actually really enjoy the taste of many meat substitutes out there, my favorites being tempeh and seitan, so I work with these products once in awhile when the mood strikes.
This recipe makes use of tempeh and black beans to create versatile meat-free bites that you can use a variety of ways, as a snack or protein in your meals. I enjoyed these with some roasted broccoli but they would be so amazing as “meatballs” smothered in some BBQ sauce or as appetizer bites with a creamy dipping sauce. Totally up to you and your tastes!
Check out the recipe below and let me know what you think! x SAV
- 1 package organic tempeh
- 1 can organic black beans, drained
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 pinch ground ginger
- 1 Tbsp organic minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp organic raw hemp seeds
- 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
- organic olive oil spray
- Preheat your oven to 400F.
- In a large mixing bowl break up tempeh until crumbled.
- Add black beans and mash together until completely combined and broken down.
- Mix in garlic, spices, and seeds until evenly combined.
- Spray nonstick baking sheet with olive oil.
- Divide and form mixture into balls, the size of small meatballs (approximately 1Tbsp) and place on baking sheet (evenly spaced), repeat process until you have used all the mixture.
- Spray the entire sheet again with olive oil and place in oven for 20 minutes until throughly cooked and dry to touch.
- Let cool at least 1 minute before serving.
- -You'll get about 16 to 18 "bites" out of this recipe.
- -These are great as a protein addition to enjoy with your veggie bowl aka great over greens or in a salad.
- -Can also be enjoyed as a snack plain, or enhanced with a dipping sauce such as a chipotle crema type sauce.