Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C). Arrange the chickpeas on a foil- or parchment- lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 12–13 minutes to dehydrate, then set aside. Keep the oven at 350 degrees F (176 degrees C).
Spray the foil-lined baking sheet used earlier with nonstick spray. Add the meatballs. Bake for 15 minutes, then gently turn/flip to ensure even cooking. Bake for another 10–15 minutes, or to desired doneness. The longer the meatballs cook, the firmer they will get. Once they cool a little, they firm up even more.
While baking, prepare any additional serving items. To cook the carrots, bring a pot of water to a boil, add the ribboned carrots, and cook for 2–3 minutes or until just tender. Strain and set aside.
*Cook quinoa in vegetable broth for extra flavor.
*To freeze, arrange the uncooked meatballs on a parchment–lined baking sheet and freeze until firm. Transfer to a freezer–safe container or bag and freeze for up to 1 month. To cook, place on a foil- lined baking sheet and spritz with oil to encourage browning. Bake for 20–30 minutes in a 350-degree F (176-degree C) oven, or until warmed through, gently tossing/flipping at the halfway point to ensure even cooking.
Reprinted from Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2016, Dana Shultz