Giant Cabbage Meatballs over Black Lentils

Beans and legumes are essential in our diet. Giant cabbage meatballs over black lentils are a perfect combo.
These meatballs can be served with rice, mashed potatoes,buckwheat,beans or lentils.

12 meatballs

About 3 lbs ground beef,chicken,or turkey
1/3 head of cabbage minced
½ onion minced
salt
pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all the ingredients together and form into 12 giant meatballs.

1 onion chopped
2 carrots small julienne slices
½ red bell pepper small julienne slices
2 tablespoon oil
1 bay leaf
8 oz tomato sauce
¾ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
dash of cayenne pepper
1/3 cup fresh dill finely chopped
1/3 cup cilantro finely chopped
water

Directions:
Heat oil in a dutch oven on medium heat. Add onions,carrots and bell pepper. Cook until soft and golden brown.Add tomato sauce,salt,pepper,cumin,cayenne and bay leaf and cook stirring occasionally for about 4-5 minutes.Arrange meatballs in single layer on top of the vegetables.Add water so it just covers the top of meatballs. Cover and bring to boil.reduce to low and cook for about 25-30 minutes.Add fresh herbs and gently mix with meatballs. Serve over one of the sides mentioned above.

Giant Cabbage Meatballs over Black Lentils

Ingredients

  • About 3 lbs ground beef ,chicken or turkey
  • 1/3 head of cabbage minced
  • ½ onion minced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Mix all the ingredients together and form into 12 giant meatballs.
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 carrots small julienne slices
  • ½ red bell pepper small julienne slices
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • water

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven on medium heat.
  2. Add onions,carrots and bell pepper.
  3. Cook until soft and golden brown.
  4. Add tomato sauce,salt,pepper,cumin,cayenne and bay leaf and cook stirring occasionally for about 4-5 minutes.
  5. Arrange meatballs in single layer on top of the vegetables.
  6. Add water so it just covers the top of meatballs.
  7. Cover and bring to boil.
  8. Reduce to low and cook for about 25-30 minutes.
  9. Add fresh herbs and gently mix with meatballs.
  10. Serve over one of the sides mentioned above.
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Comments

  1. They look so much like "meaty" meatballs, well done!

  2. I never thought I would when I was a kid but I actually LOVE cabbage. Not boiled so much, but when it's fried lightly (more like steamed) with some minced beef, or in this case, in the form of a meatball, or just raw in some form of salad/slaw – it's *so* good! Anything with lentils gets my vote too – great looking, hearty and healthy meal! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. It would be so fantastic if I could make my two nephews eat some veggies! Think I am going to try these "meatballs"! Hope it will work. If not, we adults are having a marvellous dish ;) Thank you for sharing, Nadia!

  4. What a good way to eat cabbage! These meatballs sound so delicious with great ingredients. I bet the cabbage gave them an amazing flavor with the smoky cumin. Very versatile too!

  5. Oh wow, what unique dish. Sound very flavorful and beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. This looks fantastic…now I know what to do with that head of lettuce from the CSA this week!

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