Black Bean and Beef Meatballs!
A few months ago I remembered seeing a link on someone’s facebook to these meatballs. I immediately printed the recipe an intended on making them right away. I placed it in my recipe drawer which also doubles as my put-anything-that-I-can’t-find-a-place-for- drawer. So, unfortunately it lived there for many months before I unearthed it this weekend in a pitiful attempt to organize said drawer better.
The recipe is found on the Maximized Living blog and was created by Kimberly Roberto. If you are looking for yummy healthy recipes, that blog is another fabulous resource. It is also full of amazing health information, facts, tips, research, etc.
Okay, so going in to this recipe I was not super excited about have to touch the raw meat. That job is always reserved for James. But I decided to make it while he was at school so he would have a yummy dinner to come home to. Seriously mixing meat with my hands makes me a bit nauseous. Yes, I love to cook so I guess I need to get over it. WAAAAY easier said than done.
Again, be sure and check the original recipe for this…..this is just my adaptation. I double the recipe that way James and I would have lots of meatballs for the week. We will probably eat them today after we swim/bike.
* Preheat oven to 425
* Mash up your black beans. I did mine in the Vita-Mix. As I was scraping them from the Vita-Mix to the bowl all I could think was “this must be what mixing cement is like. They were so thick. I bet if you slapped some of them on the wall you could glue a dining room table to the wall.” I used 2 and a half cans of beans rinsed.
* Then add in your meat and spices. I used 2lbs of grass fed beef (Yes it costs more, but I will gladly pay more for no hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and to put it plainly “sickness”.) For spices I added chili powder, oregano, curry powder, 2 huge cloves of garlic minced, sea salt, pepper, Bragg’s mixed seasoning, 2 eggs, and lime juice. I did not follow the measurements in the original. I really like stuff to be flavorful, so I added a ton. And actually in hindsight I probably could have gone even heavier on some of the spices.
* Now is the time to get down and dirty. I was making a “stink face” the whole time as I kneading and mixed the meat with my hands. I have only taken off my wedding ring like 3 times in the 5 years that it has been on my hand and yesterday was one of the few times.
* Then roll the meat into little balls. I did two pans of bigger ones, and two pans of itty bitty ones for ….variety or something.
* Place in the oven for like 20-25 minutes
All it is is some good quality plain yogurt, lots of cilantro, a little lime juice, sea salt, and pepper. I used less than half of the yogurt it called for, about 3 x’s the cilantro and lime juice, and then sea salt and pepper to taste. I threw them in the Vita-Mix. Done. So good!