These vegan meatballs are the perfect base for all your favorite dishes. This recipe is without sauce or gravy because they are meant to be as a base for other recipes, like Spaghetti and meatballs, Swedish meatballs, meatball Curry with rice or a great meatball sandwich for instance.
A vegan meatball that has the texture of actual meat. Holds together, not mushy like most, but firm and with bite. I made these one night with mashed potatoes in Swedish meatballs style and the next night I poured a sticky honey chili maple glaze over them and served them over rice. They freeze well too, you could easily make a double batch and always have a supply for a quick dinner fix. So whether you’ re a vegetarian, a vegan or simply trying to eat more veggies, these are a great option and you really need to try them.
Makes around 24 meatballs. Serves 4-6. Double if needed.
1/2 cup red lentils 1/2 cup tvp* see not (I use pea tvp) 1/4 cup chopped dehydrated vegetables (mix for soup)**see note 1/2 onion chopped 2-3 garlic cloves, peeled and grated 3 tbsp olive oil 1/2 vegetable stock cube, crumbled fine 1/2 cup chickpea flour 1/4 cup quick oats 2 tbsp pine nuts (optional but delicious) A dash of liquid smoke A dash of franks hot sauce 1/2 tsp vegan Worchestershire sauce Pepper 2 tbsps ground flaxseed plus 3 tablespoons water, or 2 eggs
Cook lentils and tvp in a bit of salted water for around 5 minutes, or until almost soft, but still semi firm. Drain in a colander and return to the pan, add the dehydrated veggies, they will absorb the excess water. Set aside and let cool. Cook onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes until soft. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl mix, lentil-tvp-veg mixture with onion and garlic. Add all the remaining ingredients and let sit for 5 minutes, now grab a ball of the mixture with your hand and gently squeeze to see if it holds. Add a splash of water if it seems too dry or add a bit more flour if it seems too wet. Shape into balls, the size of a ping pong ball approximately. Place in refrigerator for two hours before baking to firm up. Pre heat oven to 220C/450F. Place balls on a silicone baking sheet and spray with oil (or drizzle over). Bake 15 minutes turning halfway. Use straight away with your favorite sauce or let cool and store in ziplock bag in the refrigerator or freezer for later use.
tvp stands for texturized vegetable protein ** Amazon sells a Deluxe Vegetables Soup Blend.
Romesco Sauce is a Spanish pepper and tomato based sauce from the region of Cataluña, that dates back to the 15 th century, thanks to Christopher Columbus who brought back the Romesco peppers from his travels in the America’s which are the base for this sauce. You can find Romesco sauce everywhere in Spain, it’s very popular and can be eaten with everything from just bread to grilled fish, grilled meat or vegetables.
The original version is with dried peppers, almonds, some times hazelnuts as well, bread, garlic etc… I have come up with a cheats version that can be done in 5 minutes and it is addictively delicious.
6 tbsp. Olive oil 1 small onion, peeled and chopped fine 2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 1 jar roasted red bell peppers (15 oz. jar / 500 ml), drained 1/4 cup almond butter (the roasted kind) 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes in olive oil 1/3 cup parsley, roughly a handful 1-2 tsp. red wine vinegar 3/4 tsp. salt fresh black pepper 1 tsp. smoked paprika (preferably the Spanish kind)
Place the sun dried tomatoes in a bowl and cover with very hot water. Let sit for five minutes then drain. On medium heat, fry onion and garlic in two tablespoons of oil, until light golden and just soft. Let cool a bit.
In a food processor, add the pepper, the onions and garlic, almond butter, drained sun dried tomatoes, parsley, vinegar, salt, pepper, paprika and the remaining 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Turn on the food processor and blend until smooth. That’s it!
I use only one teaspoon of vinegar but you can add more depending on how acidic you like it.
The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for about five days in a glass container or jar, but I can assure you, you will be putting it on everything.
Weekends call for easy food, and since it’s almost Friday aka movie night, I like to keep it simple, snack-like food that you can eat with your hands like Soft Tacos, Burgers or Pizza. Either way this recipe ticks all the boxes. You can make the Falafel in the morning and assemble the Pita’s in the evening when you’re ready to stream that movie.
These Falafels are baked in the oven, so virtually fat free, and super simple, also I have added some chopped dates for a little sweetness and toasted pine nuts for extra flavour.
• 1 small red onion, peeled and chopped fine
• 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and grated
• 6 dates, stone removed and chopped
• 3 tbsp. Buckwheat flour or oat flour
• 3 tbsp. Almond flour
• 2 tbsp. nutritional Yeast (optional)
• 1 1/2 tsp. Garam Masala
• small handful fresh Coriander
• 1 tsp. Himalayan sea Salt
• 3 tbsp. Coconut oil
• 1 egg
• 3 cups cooked chickpeas
Pitas for serving, toppings like tomato slices, cooked beet slices, lettuce etc…
• 1/4 cup Aïoli
• 3/4 cup plain yoghurt
• 1/2 garlic, peeled and grated
• 1 tbsp. pomegranate Arils
• 1 tsp. olive oil
Toast pine nuts briefly for 3 minutes in a dry pan, set aside.
In a food processor add all the ingredients for the Falafel, except the chickpeas and pine nuts.
Pulse a few times and now add the chickpeas. Again pulse a few time, scrap down with a spatula, and pulse a gain. It should be mushy but with bite and a few chunks left for texture. Now mix in the pine nuts with your spatula. Transfer to a bowl.
Meanwhile heat the oven to 220° C / 428° F
Make little ping-pong ball sized balls with slightly wet hands.
Layer them out over a baking tray that has been lined with parchment paper.
Spray generously with olive oil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turning them over very carefully half way.
Make the sauce by stirring the ingredients together and sprinkle the pomegranate arils over the yogurt sauce, pour over a teaspoon of good olive oil.
Toast pita bread, split open and spread some dipping sauce over it. Stuff with lettuce and some veggeis and eat straight away.
To make the Monday less of a drag I’ve decided to make it Taco Monday!
I think we can all agree that Tacos can turn any dreary day into a fun day in a split second.
It will most certainly ease us into the week gently and give us something great to look forward to when we come home from work. You could actually do all the prep work the day before on Sunday and make dinner time a breeze. Soaking the beans is what takes the longest, because the actual recipe is pretty simple, we want simple on Mondays, am I right? If it’s to much hassle for you to soak the beans and cook, just use two cans instead.
Either way, this is some seriously good food to start off the very first day of the week.
And who am I kidding really, we love Taco’s around here and we’ll have them more than once a week without a problem, different flavours and textures of course, and now that I think about it, it’s probably (one of ) our favourite foods.
So these are different, I have added Sweet Potato. and I can only tell you that I kept on asking myself why I hadn’t thought of this before. The sweet potato is just sooooo good with the smokey beans, I mean KA-POOOW!!
Prep time: 15 min.
Cooking time: 15 min. plus cooking beans
Serves : 4
SMOKEY BLACK SWEET POTATO TACOS
• 1 lb. dried black beans or adzuki beans
• 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
• 2-3 cloves garlic minced or grated
• 2 onions
• 2 tbsp. Taco seasoning
• 2 tsp. liquid smoke
• 2 tsp. cocoa
• 1 tsp. hot sauce (optional for heat lovers)
• 1 12 oz. can passata
• 1/3 cup fresh cilantro chopped
• 3 green onions chopped
• Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
ONION GARLIC LIME CREMA
• 1/2 cup (vegan) cream cheese
• 1/2 cup (vegan) sour cream
• 2 tsp garlic powder*
• 1 tbsp. onion powder*
• 1 lime juiced
• salt and pepper taste
• maybe 1-2 tablespoons of milk or water
• 12 corn tacos warmed
• Shredded Iceberg lettuce,
• avocado slices
• Grated cheese
• salsa of choice or check out this one.
• more chopped cilantro
* I’m using dried onion and garlic powder on purpose, do not sub for fresh garlic because it will not get the right consistency and flavour. The dried powder will thicken the crema in a way that cannot be achieved with the fresh counterparts.
1. Prepare the beans. Rinse and check beans for any dirt etc. Soak your beans over night.discard the soaking liquid after soaking.
2. Add beans to a large pot with about 5 cups of water. Bring the beans to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until the beans are soft, but not quite done. About 45 to 60 minutes. Keep checking, not all beans cook the same. Drain.
3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Add onion and sweet potatoes and stir. Fry for a couple of minutes and add the garlic, stir.
4. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, until sweet potatoes are just beginning to softened.
5. While the sweet potatoes are cooking make the crema.
6. Place all the ingredients for the Onion Garlic Lime Crema in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Add a little water or milk to thin if you like. It will get thicker and thicker as you let it stand.
7. Now add the remaining ingredients to the sweet potatoes except the cilantro and spring onions.
8. Cover and cook another 10 minutes. Add a little water if it becomes to dry.
9. Just before serving add the cilantro and spring onions
10. To assemble, place generous spoonfuls of the sweet potato + bean mixture on top of a bed of Iceberg lettuce in a warm taco. Top with the onion garlic lime crema and avocado, and some cheese or any other topping of choice.