Soaking allows the dried beans to absorb water, which shortens cooking time and aids in digestibility. They will nearly triple in size while soaking. Soak most beans in three times their volume of cold water for 6-8 hours before cooking. Cook mung beans until tender (15-30 minutes depending on how long you soaked them). When ready, Allow to cool a bit.
Preheat oven to 400F or 200C.
To make the chia egg, combine chia seeds and water in a small bowl. Stir well and let sit for a few minutes.
Combine all ingredients for the meatballs. Slightly mash until lentils/beans fall apart and are resembling minced meat.
With clean hands, form the lentil mixture into 1-inch balls (you can use a tablespoon to portion) and arrange them, ½ inch apart, on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes in preheated oven or until nicely browned.
Meanwhile, make tomato sauce and zucchini pasta.
For tomato sauce
In a skillet or pot, heat cooking oil over medium-high heat. Saute onions for 2-3 minutes, then add garlic and bell pepper and cook until softened. Stir regularly.
Add tomatoes, bay leaf, rosemary, and water. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir, cover and cook until halved. About 15 minutes. Stir regularly.
Allow to cool and blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning if needed.
For the pasta
In a skillet or wok, heat cooking oil over medium heat. Add spiralized zucchini and cook until softened and heated through.
Serve with tomato sauce and lentil balls.
Soak beans overnight to reduce the cooking time or cook a bigger batch on prepping day and freeze for later. Click here for more info.
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