Eggplant Meatballs! #YUM who's with me??
This is another one of those AMAZINGLY delicious looking photos that I wish I took, but all the credit goes to @sweetsimplevegan
I haven't had a chance to make them YET, I will be attempting them this week FOR SURE! (the beauty of meal planning)
I would serve these over Zucchini or Sweet Potato noodles with @stephanieliteplo homemade tomato sauce!
Here's how it's done!
🍆1 chia egg (1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water)
🍆1 1/3 cups white onion, diced
🍆1 rib celery, diced small
🍆2 cloves garlic, minced
🍆2 unpeeled eggplant, diced into about 1/2-1″ cubes (about 10.5-11 cups diced)*
🍆1 cup cooked chickpeas
🍆1/3 cup parsley, chopped and loosely packed
🍆1/4 cup tempeh bacon
🍆1/4 cup quick oats
🍆1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
🍆1 cup plain breadcrumbs
🍆1/4 cup nutritional yeast
🍆1 teaspoon dried oregano
🍆1 teaspoon garlic powder
🍆1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional but recommended)
🍆1/4-1/3 teaspoon sea salt
🍆1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
🍆1/2-3/4 cups vegetable broth, as needed
How to put it all together:
👩🍳Make the chia egg by mixing the chia seeds and water together in a small bowl, and set aside to thicken for about 15 minutes.
👩🍳Preheat the oven to 375°F on convection*. Line 2-3 large baking sheet with parchment paper.
👩🍳Place 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water in a large pan over medium heat. Once heated, add the onions, garlic, and celery, and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes (adding more broth as needed to prevent burning). Transfer to a large bowl.
👩🍳In the same pan, add another 1/2 cup more water or broth with the eggplant. Cook, stirring often, until it is soft, about 10 to 12 minutes. If needed, cook in two batches.
👩🍳Once cooked, add to the large bowl along with the chickpeas, parsley, tempeh, oats, and basil. Mix until uniform, then place into a food processor in two batches and pulse until chopped & combined.
👩🍳Place all of the mixtures back into the large bowl and add in the remaining ingredients. Adjust salt to taste, then roll into 30-35 meatballs, about 1-inch in diameter. Transfer to the baking sheet and bake for 20-24 mins
LET ME KNOW WHAT U THINK!!