Thursday, May 31, 2012

Vegan (m)Eatballs!

If you are looking for a good recipe that will stand up to burgers and (m)eatballs, this is the one for you.  Not only is it gluten free, but it is also VEGAN!  No animals were harmed in the making of this meal!  Did I mention is is made with veggies :)  My kids love these! I was inspired by this recipe I found on Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes, which is the best homemade gluten free burger we've tried.  I made a few changes to turn the burgers into an Italian flavored (m)eatball!

Ingredients:
makes about 12 (m)eatballs, I usually double the recipe for leftovers! 
2 handfuls baby organic spinach
2 cups cooked black beans (any bean would work)
1 cup gluten free oats
1 medium onion
3 cloves garlic
1 medium carrot grated
2 tsp basil
2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp crushed rep pepper flakes (more or less depending on your preferences) 
1 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
1/4 sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a saute pan, saute the onion, garlic and grated carrot in water or veggie broth until soft.  In the food processor, pulse the oats a few times.  Add the oats and sauteed mixture to a bowl.  Add the spinach and the beans to the food processor and blend until smooth.  Pour the bean mixture into the oats/onion/garlic/carrot mixture, add the sesame seeds. Add the spices and herbs.  Mix until combined well.  Using wet hands, roll the mixture into balls and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Bake, flipping once, until the (m)eatballs are brown. 

We have found that these are great substitutes for any recipe that calls for (m)eatballs.  Top with your favorite tomato sauce and vegan cheese, and you have a tasty meal!   These can also be made into patties and used as burgers, dropped into soup, put onto a salad, eaten as appetizers....many choices!