Meatout Mondays - Kick the Meat Habit One Day at a Time!
November 7, 2005
Gentle Lentil Ball Sub

Lentils are amazing legumes! Quick and easy to prepare compared to most dried beans, lentils readily absorb delicious flavors from other vegetables and seasonings. Low in fat and high in protein and fiber, these tasty legumes are packed with nutrients. Lentils, available throughout the year, can make for an invigorating, fulfilling meal. Try this recipe and you’ll see. This unique Gentle Lentil Ball sub highlights the versatility of lentils and is much healthier than a meatball sub.


3 cups water or vegetable stock
1/2 cup lentils, rinsed
1/2 cup brown rice
2 tsp. dried basil
1 ½ tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
1/2 cup green & red peppers, finely diced
2 Tbs. green onion, minced
2 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
1 Tbs. soy sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
safflower oil
2-3 cups marinara sauce
6 submarine rolls (6") or hot dog buns


  1. Place water or vegetable stock in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add lentils, brown rice, and dried herbs.
  3. Cover saucepan, reduce heat to low, and simmer until lentils are tender (about 35 minutes).
  4. Drain excess liquid;add onion, peppers, green onion, parsley, garlic powder, salt, & pepper.
  5. Using a potato masher, mash the mixture well to combine all of the ingredients.
  6. Taste, adjust seasonings, as needed, and set mixture aside to cool slightly.
  7. Lightly oil a non-stick cookie sheet, and set aside.
  8. Shape cooled lentil mixture into balls (about 1¼ " around) and place on the cookie sheet.
  9. Using your fingers, rub a little safflower oil over the top of each lentil ball.
  10. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes (until lentil balls are lightly browned on the outside).
  11. To assemble the sandwiches: split open the roll, spoon some marinara sauce onto the bottom, place 4 of lentil balls into the roll, and top with some additional sauce.

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Live Long with Lentils

Many studies have revealed that incorporating lentils, and other legumes, into your diet will keep you in good health. Previous findings indicate that eating legumes is beneficial for heart health and also can be effective for preventing and treating diabetes.

More recent studies are adding to the expanding knowledge that scientists and nutritionists have about the health benefits of legumes. A study published in the International Journal of Cancer concludes that dining on beans or lentils could reduce the risk of breast cancer. Of the 90,630 women participating in the Nurses Health Study, those who ate 1/2 cup of the legumes twice a week were 24 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than women who consumed them less than once a month.

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Plan for a Gentle Thanksgiving

The start of November is the time of year when many Americans begin planning for their Thanksgiving celebrations. Thanksgiving should be a day to celebrate life and show compassion for all beings.

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