Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Vegan Chickpea Meatballs

Who knew that you could make cruelty free meatballs that are still full of flavor and packed with protein?! I did!! ;)

This recipe is SO simple, with minimal ingredients and not stuffed with breadcrumbs. The binding ingredient is zucchini...simple enough!

What you need:

  • - 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • - 3 garlic cloves (I used the same serving size but with minced garlic)
  • - 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • - 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • - 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • - 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • - 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • - Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • - 1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 large zucchini)
  • - 1-2 jars of your fave marinara sauce
Step 1:

In a Nutribullet or food processor, combine the oats, chickpeas, and garlic. Just pulse for a few seconds--you don't want it to become powder, just chopped up a bit.

Step 2:

Dump the blended ingredients into a larger bowl, and combine with the spices, sea salt, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and shredded zucchini. Mix it up together with your hands. I found the consistency to be perfect, but the recipe from here recommends you can add a bit of flour and/or nutritional yeast if there's too much water from the zucchini.

Step 3:

Preheat the oven to 375 (F), line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and use a spoon and your hands to roll about 12 chickpea balls total. Arrange them on the baking sheet like so:

Bake them for about 25 minutes until they're golden brown. I baked mine for about 30 minutes and checked on them once, but it really depends on your oven.

They smell absolutely AMAZING and fill your whole kitchen with veggie goodness! You can serve them directly over pasta with your marinara sauce of choice, or do what I did! I cooked separately some zucchini and beet noodles I got at Whole Foods and I served the chickpea balls on top, with some delicious marinara sauce, and topped it off with some nutritional yeast!

It's hearty, healthy, and something I'll definitely be making again! Are you going to try it? If so, I'd love to know your thoughts below! :)

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