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Jul 12, 2016 · 2 min read

Are insects the new superfood? Maybe. Mealworms are packed with protein and easy to cook. But how? AJ+ met up with Katharina Unger, CEO of LIVIN Farms Hive, a company that makes devices to help you grow mealworms at home.

Here are some of her favorite recipes and tips.

Mealworm salad (Serves 2)

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 onions (chopped)
2 avocados (chopped)
1/3 cup feta cheese
1/3 cup coriander (chopped)
1 can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup frozen mealworms
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  • Boil mealworms for a few minutes until soft.
  • In a medium bowl, combine chopped onions, avocados, feta cheese, coriander, chickpeas, olive oil and lime juice.
  • Drain boiled mealworms and roast without any oil. Add salt to taste.
  • Mix mealworms with salad.

Dumplings (Serves 2)

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup frozen mealworms
1 small onion (chopped)
1 garlic clove (chopped)
1 cup chickpeas
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons flour
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
salt and pepper
Vegetable oil
1/2 lemon

INGREDIENTS FOR DIPPING SAUCE:
1/2 cup of creme fraiche
1/2 cup of yogurt
1/2 cucumber (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon mustard
salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  • Boil mealworms for a few minutes. Drain.
  • Roast mealworms with garlic and onion until crisp.
  • Blend roasted mealworms with chickpeas.
  • Add breadcrumbs, flour, a splash of milk and one egg to the mealworm mixture.
  • Add chopped parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  • Roll the mixture into golf-sized balls and fry them in hot vegetable oil until golden brown.
  • Serve with dipping sauce.

DIRECTIONS FOR DIPPING SAUCE:

  • Mix creme fraiche with yogurt.
  • Add chopped cucumber, mustard, salt and pepper.

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