Saturday, April 20, 2013

Meat-LESS Ball Sub

"Who ever heard of a meat-less ball sub?"  I have....l made it.... kid approved!!  My little one wants these all the time now! Well next time I will make extra balls and store them!!  Very easy to make.

Meat-LESS Ball Sub
Makes 9 balls -3 subs

1 c. cooked brown rice
1/2 c. cooked lentils
1/2 c. onions finely diced
1 c.  white mushrooms finely diced
3 garlic cloves minced
1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. vegan worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. flour
1/4 tsp. extra fine sea salt
dash  of smoked paprika
hoagie buns
your favorite marinara sauce
fresh mushrooms
fresh basil leaves

-In a large bowl, combine the rice and lentils.
-In a non-stick skillet on medium heat, cook the onion and mushrooms for 3 minutes.
-Add the garlic to the mushroom/onion mixture for another minute.
-Turn off heat and add Italian seasoning and the oregano.
-Combine the mushroom/onion mixture to rice & lentils.
-Add remaining ingredients down to the paprika and combine.

Preheat oven 325. Foil a cookie sheet and spray with a non-stick cooking spray.

-Now, you can either use your hands to make the balls or you can use a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop.  The scoop worked best for me. Pack your balls tight in the scoop and lay spaced on cookie sheet.
-Bake for 15-20 minutes or until firm to the touch.
-Remove the balls from the cookie sheet and keep warm.
-Using the same cookie sheet, heat up your hoagie buns in the oven for a minute or two.
-Pull the buns out of the oven and layer each one with marinara sauce on the bottom half of the hoagie buns, then 3 balls in a row on the sauce, more marinara sauce over the balls, and then a layer of mushrooms.
-Put back into the oven and bake for 3 minutes or until bread is slightly crispy.
-Remove from oven and top with fresh basil leaves.


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