Mushroom Balls with Tomato Sauce

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Silky and tasty vegan "meat balls."

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½ cup raw almond
1½ cup chopped portabella
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup chopped tomato
2 tablespoon chopped red bell pepper
1 garlic clove, peel and chopped.
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon salt
To make Mushroom Balls: Soak the almond in water for 30 minutes. Drain. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Put almond, portabella, celery, onion, oregano and lemon juice in a blender, pulse a few times. As long as the ingredients are mixed, it’s okay. Don’t blend too long and make into a puree. (Note: You can stop here and use this mushroom dough as a spread and serve on bread. In that case, you can use the tomato sauce as another layer of spread and make a 3-layer sandwich.) To make mushroom balls, continue. Take one spoonful of mushroom dough at a time, shape into balls. Place the mushroom balls on a baking dish, bake for 10 minutes or until a little dry on the outside. Use a big flat spoon to transfer the mushroom balls to a plate, as they might be fragile. To make Tomato Sauce: Mix tomato, red bell pepper, garlic, basil, salt in a blender. Add water if you want it thinner, and more salt to taste. Serve mushroom balls on lettuce (optional) and top with tomato sauce or on the side.
Nutritions

Calories
133

Sodium
41mg
1% DV

Fat
12g
18% DV

Protein
0.7g
1% DV

Carbs
2g
0% DV

Fiber
0.9g
3% DV

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2 c uncooked elbow macaroni
1 1/2 c chopped broccoli florets
1 T olive oil
13 oz smoked sausage ( such as kielbasa )
1/2 c finely diced onion
2 T butter
2 T all purpose flour
1 1/2 c half and half
8 oz sharp cheddar
4 oz smoked gouda
1/2 t dry mustard
Kosher salt and pepper
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Nutritions

Calories
756

Sodium
738mg
30% DV

Fat
39g
61% DV

Protein
31g
62% DV

Carbs
62g
21% DV

Fiber
4g
18% DV