Anyways, I knew lentils and coconut milk would take me a long way, but without many vegetables I was slightly limited. I find the best thing to do in that situation is to make a meatball or burger ... a little can go a long way!
The Thai Lentil Meatballs filled my craving perfectly! Plus, I knew they would put a smile on Paul's face because he loves Spicy Peanut Sauce! I made two peanut sauces too, one with red pepper flakes and one without for the kids. They loved the sauce so much they were trying to dip everything they could find into it!
Thai Lentil Meatballs with Spicy Peanut SauceMakes 28 balls
1 c lentils
1 c breadcrumbs
3 T coconut milk, lite
2 T peanut butter
1 T cilantro
1 T tamari
1 t ginger, minced
1 t salt
3/4 t pepper
Put lentils in a pot with 2 1/2 c water. Bring to boil, then turn down heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until lentils are softened but not mushy.
In a bowl mix all ingredients until well incorporated. Scoop out 1 inch balls and put on a ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 375° for 22-25 minutes.
Spicy Peanut Sauce1/2 c nut butter, I prefer almond or peanut butter
1/4 c canola oil
2 T tamari
1 T toasted sesame oil
dash of red pepper ... more if you want the heat
Put all of your sauce ingredients in a pot. Heat up over a medium heat until they are all mixed together. This sauce tastes great warm or can be made ahead and taken out of the fridge and served.