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We're kicking off our High Protein Eco Recipe series with a party for your taste buds! Check out EcoCooks Educator Lilli's delicious Sweet Sticky Bean Ball recipe! 😋

The combo of red kidney beans and quinoa is not only packed with protein 💪🏾 they're also superheroes for the planet! They require less land, water, and emit fewer CO2e compared to their beefy counterparts!🌍

And the impact? It's mighty! By making this a weekly meal, you can help save 1101 kg CO2e annually! That's equivalent to C02e from a road trip spanning from Kelowna, BC to Montréal, QC in Canada! 🚗✨ 

A simple choice that makes a BIG impact! 🌱👏🏾 


For the bean balls: 

🌱1 can red kidney beans

🌱1 cup cooked quinoa (cooled)

🌱2 tsp soy sauce 

🌱3 garlic cloves 

🌱1 small onion

🌱2 tbsp tomato paste

For the sauce: 

🌱2 tbsp olive oil

🌱4 garlic cloves 

🌱2 tbsp minced ginger

🌱2 tbsp soy sauce 

🌱2 tbsp maple syrup

🌱2 tsp rice vinegar

🌱1 tsp cornstarch 

🌱2 tsp water 

Serve with: 

🌱Veggies (we used broccoli)



🌱Pre-heat your oven to 350 C

🌱Cook ½ cup of quinoa according to package instructions first as it needs to cool before you form the meatballs

🌱Drain your can of beans, spread them on a baking sheet and pop in the heated oven for 10-15 minutes, you will know they are done when they are split

🌱Dice up your onion and 3 cloves of garlic and saute in olive oil until translucent and set to the side

🌱Add the cooked quinoa, sauteed onions and garlic, oven baked beans, tomato paste, and soy sauce to a food processor and blend

🌱Form balls in relatively even sized balls and then pop in the oven for about 20 minutes, flipping them every 5 minutes or so

🌱While they are cooking prepare your sauce 

🌱Cook your sauce in a pan until it thickens and then add you oven baked meatballs

Serve with rice and vegetables of your choosing and enjoy! 😋 💚 

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