The Perfect No Meat MeatballJul 23 2012 by
The Perfect No Meat Meatball. Or as it’s known around here – The meatball that took FOREVER, drove me insane and gave me food-mares (you know, nightmares about food, what? you don’t get them????) After countless attempts (and I do mean countless as I don’t even know anymore how many times I’ve tweaked this recipe) I’ve created the perfect no meatball. My goal was to create a meatball that could fool even the biggest meat eater, was moist, flavorful and delicious. Mission accomplished!
- 1 cup vital wheat gluten
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground fennel
- 1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 jar (7 ounces) no salt added tomato paste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp coconut aminos (if you don’t have coconut aminos you can use worcestershire sauce)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp finely minced onion
- 2 tbsp fresh minced parsley
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl combine the wheat gluten, almond flour, nutritional yeast, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and fennel.
- In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until completely mixed. The mixture should be similar to cookie dough.
- Roll into balls using about 2 tbsp each of the mixture. Place in a non-stick baking pan (or lightly oiled pan if not non-stick). *Be sure to use a pan that will fit into a slightly larger pan that will contain water during baking.
- Fill a slightly larger pan than the one with the meatballs with about 1/2 inch water. Cover the pan with the meatballs tightly with foil and place into the larger pan with water.
- Bake 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit 10-15 minutes before removing the foil.
Makes approximately 32 meatballs.
Serving size 4 meatballs.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 207.5, Cal. from Fat: 93.5, Total Fat: 11g, Sat. Fat: 1g, Carbs: 12.5g, Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 3.5g, Protein: 17g, Sodium: 80.5mg, Chol: 0mg
Leftover meatballs can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.