Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Recipes for Remarkable Vegan Meatballs

Vegan, Plant-based Meatball Recipes
Remarkable Vegan Meatballs, Marinara Sauce, and Fusilli from Nancy Andres

I've had the urge to create a plant-based whole food recipe for vegan meatballs, scrumptious enough for all to love. To most of us, as we age, it does dawn on us that we could be eating healthier. Cutting down on processed, cholesterol laden foods is a smart health decision.

Post updated 5/15/2023

See what I discovered during my hands on food testing and cooking experiments, cookbook investigation, and research on the web.






See the Results in a Vegan Meatball Roundup Post to Live For! 

Here's My Recipe...I call it 

Remarkable Vegan Meatballs

This recipe is economical, and made from items most of us already have in the pantry or refrigerator. 

It's adaptable. Serve vegan meatballs for brunch, lunch, or dinner.  Top mashed cauliflower, spaghetti, shells, linguini, or other pasta with vegan meatballs. Savor the flavor in a hoagie, pita, or in a wrap. 

Serve veggie meatballs on a bed of sautéed broccoli or spinach, or top quinoa, barley, or mashed potatoes with vegan meatballs and mushroom gravy. All these combinations are yummy. 

So let's give a cheer for 

Remarkable Vegan Meatballs


½ cup pre-cooked brown rice (any variety will do)

1 can (about 12 oz.) lentils drained

1 yellow onion chopped

4 cloves garlic minced

8 oz. fresh white or baby bella mushrooms cleaned and chopped

1 flax egg: In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground flaxseeds. Mix with ¼ cup water. Let flax egg mixture sit until thick and viscous about 5-10 minutes before following directions in step 4 below

2 slices of whole grain bread for bread crumbs-any type as long as it equals about 1 cup ground bread crumbs 

Salt and pepper to taste

pinch of fresh basil, oregano, thyme, parsley, rosemary chopped fine or 2 teaspoons dried Italian Herb Blend

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1 jar of your favorite Marinara Sauce (25 oz.) or homemade

What to do:

1. Put the oven rack in the middle slot of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. While oven heats...

1. Clean and prep onion, garlic, mushrooms. Place a drop of oil in a sauté pan and brown the onion for a few moments (for oil free version use water or veggie broth instead of oil). 

Then add garlic and do the same. Add chopped mushrooms and cook until all are soft and thoroughly cooked (about ten minutes).

2. While that cooks, get a large mixing bowl and mix (mash) the brown rice and drained lentils together. Add whole grain bread crumbs and combine. 

3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer onion, garlic, and mushrooms from sauté pan to mixing bowl. Reserve mushroom cooking liquid to add to soup, chili, or other dish.

4. Add flax egg and seasoning to mixing bowl.  Combine all thoroughly. This flax egg mixture is the best I've ever tried. The veggie balls bind well and do not crumble. If you feel mixture is too dry and crumbles, add a drop or two of water.

5. Shape mixture into bite size veggie balls. Place them on a large ungreased baking sheet and put in the oven. Cook vegan meatballs for approximately 30 minutes. You'll know they are ready, when they look and feel firm (squeeze one) and are slightly browned. 

Veg Meatballs on Tray in Oven

6. Meanwhile, empty the jar of marinara into a medium size sauce pan and simmer covered on stove top until pasta and meatballs cook. 

7. In a pasta pot boil the pasta of your choice (cook according to package directions). When done drain.

8. Top each serving of pasta with a ladle or two of sauce and two or three veggie balls apiece. Garnish with fresh clipped parsley or use the vegan cheese recipe below. Any extra veggie balls can be placed in the extra sauce and refrigerated. This recipe will make a dozen vegan meatballs and serves 4.

To shake things up, top garlicky vegan mashed cauliflower with meatballs or serve spaghetti squash as a base instead of pasta. 

How to Use Spaghetti Squash instead of Pasta
Plant-based spaghetti squash marinara with tossed salad

Try this fabulous recipe from Kelly, a Transformational Health Coach and holistic practitioner who blogs at Tasting Page. See
Vegan Lentil Mushroom Meatballs on a bed of lettuce now.

Vegan Lentil Mushroom Meatballs - a tasty meat-less meal filled with veggies - Tasting Page

For another slant see this recipe. It features Bulgur wheat and cauliflower for Vegan Italian Meatballs from Chuck Underwood. He's the blogger at Brand New Vegan, and he aims to make switching to plant-based eating as easy as possible. This is a link to his recipe for Vegan Parmesan.

vegan italian meatballs
Vegan Italian Meatballs from Chuck Underwood

Not sure what Bulgur wheat is? See more at health advantages of eating Bulgur Wheat from Dr. Axe.

Want to make a more hearty tomato sauce? 

Add veggies to the sauce. If you include carrots, peas or legumes, and edamame to tomato sauce they increase the amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and plant-based protein you are eating. 

For the final recipe in my vegan meatball roundup...

Nora Taylor shares her version of Spaghetti and Easy Vegan Meatballs. She's the blogger at Nora Cooks, and she uses chickpeas to give vegan meatballs a satisfying, comforting flavor. 

vegan meatball on a fork
Photo Nora Taylor at Nora Cooks

Isn't it surprising that vegan meatballs can be made in so many taste tempting ways? 

Tip: Buying in-season, locally grown produce is an easy way to select fruits and veggies that are loaded with eye-appeal, freshness, and often on sale. Since locally grown means items aren't transported long distances to get to your table, it costs less and tastes better. It's alive with goodness.

Do you serve meatless meals more often than you once did? The number of people who are switching over is mounting. Why not join the crowd?

After your food shopping run, have fun cooking up some vegan meatballs. They are healthy, colorful, easy to make, and delicious.

Invite your partner, friends, and family to join the cooking party. Perhaps it will turn into a vegan meatball marathon.

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  1. YUM!! I'm really starting to think vegan is the way to go for us to be healthy...especially since watching 2 docu-stories about such on Netflix. Shared x 3 ♥

    1. Thanks so much Dee. You sound like a smart cookie...pun intended. Yes, much research and lifestyle changes make me sure that vegan is the way to go for me.

  2. Wow! So many different recipes for vegan recipes. I'm not vegan, but they look very tasty. TFS

    1. So glad you saw the vegan recipes. When you consider they are less costly, healthier, and loaded with plant-based nutrients and flavor, how could you go wrong by trying one or two recipes out?
      Have a great day and be well.

  3. Even for a non-vegan these look delicious. It always makes me smile that they're still called "meat"balls, but I also love that you get to eat a treat like meatballs without compromising your dietry choices.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I've shared on my SM :)

    1. Thanks so much for the comment, being one of the sparkling hosts at MLSTL, and SM support. Please have a lovely day and visit again.

  4. I'm not vegan, Nancy but I do love the look of this recipe. We are trying to cut back on meat and I have most of the ingredients for this recipe in my pantry. Thanks for sharing with us at #MLSTL and have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks Sue for the visit and comment. Sure wish you good luck and encourage you to eat more plant-based meals. As many of my posts illustrate, eating better has a direct link to the quality of your life. Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting #MLSTL.

  5. I'm not a vegan but these are some great recipe ideas.

    1. Thanks so much for the visit and comment. Be adventurous and try out one or two of these recipes. See whether you're like friends of mine who aren't vegan. They love to eat remarkable vegan meatballs. Happy weekend and be well.

  6. Pinned!! Reminds me of a recipe I used years ago for lentil burgers! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Hope you have a fabulous week.

    1. Thanks Helen for the comment, pin, and hosting the What's for Dinner Party. Appreciate the opportunity to share my ideas. Enjoy you're day and stay safe and well.

  7. Just saw these meatballs at Hearth and Soul blog hop and I hopped right over. I'm always looking for a good vegan meatball and these look delicious. Thanks Nancy

    1. Appreciate your visit Judee and would love to know whether you make my recipe and how it turns out. The weather is cooling off in most places, and a good time for to serve any of these savory dishes. Enjoy!

  8. These sound great! Thanks for linking up to the Meatless Monday linky. Have a wonderful week. Hope to see you at next weeks party too!

    1. Thanks so much Helen for your comment and visit. I'll be back with other yummy recipes as soon as I have them. Hugs, Nan