Middle Eastern Kidney Bean Meatballs with Herbed Slaw - Canadian Beef | Canada Beef

Middle Eastern Kidney Bean Meatballs with Herbed Slaw

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Middle Eastern Kidney Bean Meatballs with Herbed Slaw

  • Prep Time: 25
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 45
  • Serving: 6


3 tbsp canola oil

2 tbsp EACH lemon juice and red wine vinegar

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp EACH Dijon mustard and liquid honey

1/2 tsp EACH ground cumin, salt and pepper

1/4 cup EACH finely chopped parsley and fresh mint

1/4 cup finely chopped mint

2 cups each shredded purple and green cabbage

1 cup carrot matchsticks

1/2 cup shaved red onion

1 cup no salt added kidney beans, drained and rinsed

2 eggs

1/2 onion, grated

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp each ground cumin and coriander

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 lb (500 g) extra lean ground beef

1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs

1 tsp each salt and pepper

3 whole-wheat pita pockets, toasted



In a large bowl, whisk oil with lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, mustard, honey, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir in parsley and mint. Add cabbage, carrot and onion; toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.


Meatballs: Preheat oven to 400°F (200C). In a large bowl, smash kidney beans with a potato masher until just slightly chunky. Add eggs, onion, garlic, cumin, coriander and cinnamon; stir to combine. Add beef, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Gently mix well. Form into 24 meatballs.
Arrange meatballs on a greased foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer registers 160°F (71°C) when inserted into center of meatball. Cool slightly. Serve with slaw and toasted pita.


• Serve with tomato and cucumber slices for a bright and fresh compliment to the meatballs.
• Serve with a dollop of assorted dips such as hummus, baba ghanoush or tzatziki.
• Replace cabbage and shredded carrot with a bagged coleslaw blend.
• Substitute kidney beans with black beans, navy beans or chickpeas.
• Trying to sneak the beans in? Use white beans and mash until very smooth – even the pickiest of eaters will never notice!