Fried Green Meatlessballs

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
10 min 20 min 4
Fried Green Meatlessballs
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10 cup Swiss chard (or choice of greens)
3 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 small Yellow onion
1 pinch Salt (to taste)
2 clove(s) Garlic (chopped)
1/2 cup Cilantro (coriander)
1 tbsp Cumin seeds
1 cup Bread crumbs, plain
1/4 cup, crumbled Feta cheese, low fat
1 large Egg (or 2)
3 tbsp Olive Oil, Extra Virgin (for frying, as needed)


Pulse greens in a food processor or finely chop with a knife—they should be small but not puréed or mushy. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat and add the oil, onion, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, cilantro, and cumin seeds. Stir for 30 seconds.

Add greens to pan and sauté for a minute or two, until they have wilted. Turn the mixture into a large bowl. Let cool for five minutes, then add the breadcrumbs and feta. Mix well, then taste for seasoning. Add more salt if necessary—this is your chance to get the seasoning right while the mixture is egg-free.

Crack one egg into the bowl and mix with your hands to incorporate. Squeeze a small ball of the mixture. If it holds together, begin portioning out the remaining mixture into small balls. If it doesn't hold together, add another egg.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add balls to pan—they should sizzle when they hit the oil—then turn heat down to medium or medium-low. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Use a fork to flip the balls to the other side and cook for another 2 minutes or so.

Serve immediately or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 365
Calories from fat 234
Calories from saturated fat 46
Total Fat 26.0 g
Saturated Fat 5.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 16.1 g
Cholesterol 63 mg
Sodium 562 mg
Potassium 486 mg
Total Carbohydrate 25.6 g
Dietary Fiber 3.2 g
Sugars 3.4 g
Protein 8.8 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 0.8
Meat Alternative 0.1
Milk Alternative 0.2
Vegetables 2.8

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