Christmas Eve was always more than just a holiday for us, it's my older brother's birthday! And we would always celebrate with either pizza or spaghetti and meatballs. We aren't all together these days, but we still celebrate together in spirit! And now that we're vegan, we were desperate for a delicious alternative to this traditional Christmas Eve meal! The folks over at Yup, It's Vegan have an amazing, delicious version that you need to try immediately. It's so easy, and you won't miss the meat (if you aren't a vegan reader). The vital wheat gluten (go to the flour section of any grocery store, or wherever they sell Bob's Red Mill) provides a chewy, meaty texture and keeps these nice and moist on the inside. Also, no bloody styrofoam to dispose of! That's reason enough for me!
Kickstart your 2018 health goals with this simple, delicious vegan meal. Your cholesterol and waistline will thank you.
We served ours with a classic red sauce, and lots, and lots of wine.
Cheers to 2018!
1 and 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (rinsed and drained; equal to 1 15-oz can)
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw walnuts
1/4 cup raw cashews (feel free to mix and match the three types of nuts)
1 medium onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp prepared mustard
1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional but recommended)
1 tsp paprika (or smoked paprika)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 and 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten flour divided
1 tsp soy sauce
1 and 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Add all ingredients from the chickpeas through pepper into a blender or food processor. Pulse until nuts are small but not pulverized into dust.
3. Transfer mixture into a bowl, add 1/2 C vital wheat gluten (vwg). Mix. Stir additional cup of vwg into mixture. Add soy sauce and vegetable broth. Mix until no pockets of flour remain.
3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and grease lightly with oil. Scoop 1/2 tablespoon sized balls onto baking sheet.
4. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and flip all meatballs. Bake for additional 15 minutes.
5. Serve with favorite sauce!
There are tons of options for these meatballs. Play with the seasonings, add teriyaki sauce and serve with rice!
I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season!