Meatballs…vegan style!

Meatballs are the perfect food for the colder weather! Serve them with pasta and a tomato-based sauce, pop them in some bread with some salad and mayo or just pop them in your mouth when nobody is looking (or is that just me?)

The meatballs do take a bit of effort in the preparation (lots of fine dicing) but they really are worth the effort! The base of these vegan style meatballs is the aubergine (or eggplant), along with some mushrooms and they make for mighty fine balls!

Okay, so maybe they should be called aubergine balls or mushroom balls, but it doesn’t really make for appealing reading – especially if you’re not a fan of either! So, meatballs, vegan style they are! 😀 Well, they are ‘meaty’ in the sense that they are substantial and rich and definitely make the main part of a meal! 😀

As with most of our recipes, you can customise these to your tastes with your choice of herbs and spices. These are a little bit on the spicy side so just reduce (or omit) the chilli flakes if you prefer a milder taste! We used basil, oregano, salt, pepper and the chilli flakes. Balsamic vinegar (1 tablespoon) and fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon) were added to give them depth of flavour and the oats are used to bind it all together (you could use plain flour instead). We also rolled a few of the balls in a peanut crumb before cooking – perfect! We think these would be great with any flavour you wish – Italian, Mexican, Indian – just use the recipe as a base. Here’s how they were made in pictures! …

>br/> If you want the recipe written out in full (as usual), drop me a note in the comments! I will find some time and write it out… it just seemed a shame to waste the photos! 😀

Have a fabulous weekend – in case you missed the mincemeat recipe from last week, here it is again (it is featured on Fiesta Friday this week too)! 🙂

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Laurena x

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