Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Meat"ball and Bean Salad


1 lb bag of Meatless Meatballs (Mine were from Trader Joe's, but you can certainly pick some out for yourself or make your own)
1 Large Beefsteak Tomato
1 15 oz Can of Black Beans
1 Cup Raw Sliced Mushrooms (I used Button)
1-2 Chopped Green Onions OR 1 tsp of Onion Powder
1 Minced Garlic clove OR 1 -2 tsp of Garlic Powder
1 tsp Chili Powder
2 tbsp of your favorite BBQ Sauce (I used a Sweet and Spicy flavor)
1-2 tbsp of Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

If possible, cut meatballs in half (if not, that's fine. I waited until they cooked a bit and then cut them in half since they were softer by that point) and add to skillet with olive oil.Saute Meatballs, Green Onions, and Minced Garlic over Medium High until Golden Brown on all sides. If using onion and garlic powder, simply add to the saute while the meatballs are browning.

While Meatballs are sauteing, dice the tomato and add to salad bowl along with Mushrooms. Drain and Rinse the black beans. Add those to the bowl as well. Season with Chili Powder and Salt and Pepper.

Once Meatballs have browned, add the Barbecue Sauce to the Pan. Saute until Meatballs are completely coated.

Let the Meatballs Cool and add to the bowl. Toss, or mix well. Cover and set in Fridge overnight.

The Longer this dish has to marinate, the better the flavors have to develop, so I recommend leaving it in the fridge for at least 12 hours.

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