National Meatball Day is here! Meatballs are one of those dishes that can be made plant-based in such a variety of ways. You can use seitan, veggies, nuts, oats, grains, and pretty much any plant-based foods and get some delicious meatballs. If you aren’t convinced yet, you will be when you see these delicious recipes from our Food Monster App as well as all the tips you need for making the perfect veggie meatballs!
1. Lentil and Beet Meatballs With Pasta
Beets are truly one of the most under-appreciated vegetables. They are nutrient-rich, provide a mesmerizing color to whichever dish you add them to, and are extremely versatile. For this Lentil and Beet Meatballs With Pasta recipe by Jyothi Rajesh, the crimson vegetable, along with red lentils, onions, spices, and bread crumbs, are formed into veggie meatballs. Place them atop a bed of hot spaghetti and just like that, you have a simple yet hearty dinner.
2. Chickpea Turnip Meatballs
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Ashley Madden‘s gluten-free Chickpea Turnip Meatballs put the boring ol’ turnip to good use! They are high in fiber, low in calories, and a good source of protein. Not to mention, they are loaded with flavor! Not only are they packed with garlic, cumin, and coriander, they’re served in a delicious herbed tomato sauce. Yum!
3. Swedish Veggie Meatballs
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Philipp Ertl‘s vegan Swedish Meatballs are really easy to make and you can get all the ingredients in your local supermarket! The taste is slightly meaty and very rich in flavor. Combine it with a very nice savoury cashew sauce and you won’t be able to tell it’s not dairy.
4. Pesto, Mushroom, and White Bean Meatballs
White beans, mushrooms, nuts, Italian herbs and spices, and a creamy spinach pesto are what make these delicious vegan meatballs. They’re dense and meaty, and so customizable because they taste amazing no matter what herbs you add. Gabrielle St. Claire‘s meat-free Pesto, Mushroom, and White Bean Meatballs are a perfect weeknight dinner. Serve them over spaghetti, any kind of pasta, or zucchini noodles.
5. Easy Tempeh Oat Meatballs
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If you’re looking for a great, simple, plant-based protein-packed staple to incorporate in your meals – this is the PERFECT recipe. Hailee Repko‘s Tempeh Oat Meatballs are easy to make, loaded with flavor, can be easily added to a variety of recipes, and are great for the meal prep crowd. They also pair perfectly with any sauce, so you can throw together classic spaghetti and meatballs, make a sandwich, or pair them with a sticky-sweet Asian glaze.
6. Spaghetti Squash With Meatballs
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What could be better than a nice big bowl of spaghetti for dinner? A heaping bowl of Spaghetti Squash With Meatballs of course! This recipe by Gabrielle St. Claire will leave you fully satisfied, minus the bloat since it skips the grains and is entirely veggie based. Cheesy meatballs are the perfect compliment to the garlic flavor in the sauce and sweetness of the squash. Try it, your taste buds will thank you!
7. Mozzarella Quinoa Meatballs
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Trade meatballs in for something a little more wholesome (but just as filling) like Sara Hohn‘s cheesy Mozzarella Quinoa Meatballs. Fluffy quinoa is rolled in flax seed, diced onion, garlic, herbs, and shredded vegan mozzarella, and then baked in the oven until brown. Serve on top of salad, in a sub, or with marinara and pasta.
8. BBQ Lentil Meatballs
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These BBQ Lentil Meatballs by Gina Hoskins simple plant-based ingredients of lentils, rice, mushrooms, and BBQ sauce. Vegan protein-packed dish! Great as a post work meal or to bring to outdoor BBQ events!
9. Red Bean Meatballs
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Do you ever have that uncontrollable craving for a very specific dish? That urge that comes out of the blue and just doesn’t go away? That is what Ana Queiroz felt about spaghetti and meatballs, so she created these amazing vegan Red Bean Meatballs! Use the seasonings you like to make them exactly like you want them!
10. Zucchini-Chickpea ‘Meatballs’ With Marinara and Pasta
These Zucchini-Chickpea ‘Meatballs’ by Amanda Froelich are rich in protein, due to the oats and chickpeas, are high in fiber, and are anti-inflammatory, thanks to ingredients such as garlic and lemon.
11. Italian Meatballs
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Natalie Yonan‘s chickpea-based Italian Meatballs are deliciously free of gluten, dairy, and meat! They are quick and easy to make, and even easier to eat. There is no doubt that any Italian grandma will love this plant-based edition of the Italian-American classic!
12. How to Make Veggie Meatballs That Taste Amazing and Won’t Fall Apart
Who doesn’t love meatballs? Ever since childhood, when we saw Tramp push that last meatball over to Lady with his nose, we were hooked on these little balls of deliciousness. There are lots of ways to make meatballs but the best way, of course, is to skip the meat and make them with veggies. Just like we can make burgers out of pretty much any vegetables, we have just as many options for meatballs. Whether you like your meatballs on top of spaghetti, nestled in a sub, or on a plate smothered in sauce, we can help you make the best veggie meatballs ever!
13. 10 Incredible Ways to Make Veggie Meatballs
We love meatballs because they elicit all kinds of good feelings – big plates of spaghetti, yummy sauces, Lady and the Tramp… When it comes to meatless meatballs, there are so many ways to go about making them. Your veggie meatballs can be traditional, or filled with exotic global flavors. Eat them on a plate of pasta, in a sandwich, or as part of an ethnic feast. To show you just how versatile they can be, here are 10 Incredible Ways to Make Veggie Meatballs!
14. How to Make All Kinds of Vegan Meatballs
Vegan meatballs may sound like an oxymoron but it is very much a name that makes sense. According to The Online Etymology Dictionary, the term “meat” comes from the Old English word “mete” which meant food as opposed to drink. It wasn’t used to mean animal flesh until much later around the 14th century. Today we talk about the “meat” of a coconut, seitan being “wheat meat” and all the different types of vegan meats. So yes indeed, there are vegan meatballs and they are delicious. Just like there are 10 Vegetables that Can Substitute for Meat and 10 Vegetables You Can Make Burgers With, it is possible to make all kinds of vegan meatballs. Here are some recipes, tips and ideas on ways you can Make All Kinds of Vegan Meatballs.
15. 15 Veggie Meatball Recipes That Are Just Perfect!
Meatballs are so cute and fun- just make some of these recipes from the Food Monster App and stick a toothpick in each one! These vegan meatball recipes would be perfect as your next dinner party’s entree!
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