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Black-Eyed Pea and Tempeh Beanballs Recipe

Black-Eyed Pea and Tempeh Beanballs Recipe
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12 ounces tempeh

One can black-eyed peas

2 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon dried thyme

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika

Several pinches of freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon salt 


First, prepare a steamer to steam the tempeh. Once the steamer is ready, break the tempeh into bite-size pieces and steam for 10 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, use a fork or mini potato masher or avocado masher to mash the beans. They should be well mashed, with no whole beans left, but not completely smooth like a purée. Use a Microplane grater to grate in the garlic . Add the herbs and spices, soy sauce, tomato paste, and balsamic vinegar, and mix well. When the tempeh is ready, add it to the mixture and mash well. It’s good if it’s still steaming hot because that will help all the flavors meld before baking. When the mixture is cool enough to handle , add the bread crumbs and salt. Taste for salt . Using about 2 tablespoons of the mixture per ball, roll the mixture into walnut-size balls, placing them on the baking pan. Spray with an ample amount of nonstick cooking spray and cover loosely with tinfoil. Bake for 15 minutes, flip the balls, and bake for 10 more minutes, uncovered.