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Lentil Balls with Marinara Sauce

Cook Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizers, dinner, Entree, lunch, Main
Servings: 4
Author: Wanda Baker


  • 1 garlic bulb roasted
  • 1 cup cubed sweet potato cooked and cooled
  • 1/4 cup shallots minced
  • 2 cups green lentils cooked
  • 1/2 cup asiago cheese grated
  • 1/3 cup parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp sundried tomatoes in oil chopped
  • 1 tsp 5 spice powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Cooking spray
  • Seasoned breadcrumbs


  • In a bowl squeeze your roasted garlic out of the bulb. Add sweet potatoes and mash with garlic.
  • Drop in shallots, lentils, cheese, parsley, yogurt, sundried tomatoes, 5 spice powder, cumin, a pinch of salt and pepper and sesame oil.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Roll mixture into small balls and set on parchment lined cooking sheet in rows of 3. Bake in oven for about 8-10 minutes and carefully turn. Bake another 6-10 minutes or until nicely browned.
  • Remove from pan and serve hot with your favourite dipping sauce.


To make a quick marinara sauce, in oil saute 1/2 minced onion, 2 cloves minced garlic until onion starts to soften. Add 2 cups tomato sauce, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp thyme, pinch of salt & pepper and simmer for 30 minutes.