#Veggievember- Meatless Meatballs

I stayed away from meat for 15 days then Burger King happened!

Ola family!

Can you believe November is over? So if you are new around here then you don’t know in November we go vegearian. We call it #Veggivember , the main reason behind this is because November is Prostate cancer awareness month. I however can not grow a thick beard and I have that tough African hair so I honestly don’t look presentable lol. So that being said , I support it by supporting the cause by giving up meat. I however failed so hard 15 days into my fast. Burger King came into the market and I absolutely failed with the sight of their burgers.

That being said, we can’t end November without a recipe right? I had to try this recipe out, I am not a professional when it comes to being a vegetarian but I do know you need a certain amount of protein. I really got tired of having eggs and french fries. So I decided to go for a healthy version. I put together this delicious recipe for dinner. It took a bit of time but it was absolutely worth it. Bean balls with red kidney beans are such a great way to have your rice and beans without going the conventional route. You owe it to yourself to try out some new stuff every now and the and I challenge you guys to this.

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I always say, I urge you guys to substitute my recipes with ingredients that work for you. Walk into your pantry or if you live in a Studio apartment like me walk into your bedroom lol and check out what you have. Think of flavors, how you would like to build them and how you want your dish to ultimately taste. So when it came to this dish first things first I knew I had to build the flavors in the bean balls. Beans can be quite plain so I started out with the filling of the balls. I sauteed onions with garlic. The spices I chose were cumin, coriander, my favorite paprika, salt and garlic powder and a bit of chili. Once the onions had caramelized, I think put the balls together.

If you haven’t put meat balls together, you need a few basic ingredients. Bread crumbs to give them texture and an egg are a must to help them stick together. Add in the spice profile that you want, I love adding in dried herbs like parsley and thyme to give it that earthy flavor. Mash it all together, I don’t have a food processor yet but because they are beans it wasn’t too hard. I added a bit of milk to help with the mushing process. I obviously don’t have pictures of this because my hands were a mess and I was having way too much fun.

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I then added butter to a pan, sauteed the balls to give them that color and crunch. That crunch is super important as they can be super boring. I then made a meatball sauce, this was so much fun because I literally threw things in the blender and created the most aromatic sauce I have ever made.Fresh herbs and fresh ingredients. The dish was absolutely delicious.

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Once the sauce was thick, I added in the meatballs and let it simmer for 10 more minutes , be very careful because these are bean balls and you don’t want them to break.

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Ingredients;

Bean Balls
5 cups of red kidney beans
1 onion (red onion)
1 Tbsp Cumin, garlic powder and Coriander
Salt and Pepper to taste
Pinch of sugar
Chili Powder
1 Tbsp of Parsley and Thyme
1 Egg
1 cup of breadcrumbs

Sauce
3 tomatoes
5 cloves of garlic
Fresh basil
Fresh thyme
1/2 cup of water.

Process
1. Saute the onions with the spices on a hot pan, build the flavors as you go. Let the onions caramelize, I love adding a pinch of sugar to make them sweater to balance out the chili. Because I love me some spicy food but I love to feed my humans as well and they don’t.
2.Assemble to meat balls , you can throw the ingredients into a food processor or kneed them until they are nice and smooth into balls. Make sure they are firm so they don’t fall apart. No one likes broken balls lol. Heat up some butter on a pan and let them turn golden brown.
3.Blend the sauce then throw into a sauce pan and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Add in the bean balls for an additional 15 minutes. I added in some chili flakes for the extra heat. Don’t forget to keep tasting as you go along to make sure the flavors work.
4. Garnish and serve.

Serve it up on some pasta or rice and enjoy! Hope you guys like this recipe, I super enjoyed it and I challenge you guys to do it.

As always ,
I love you guys,

Live , love and be inspired,

Jay.

  • Millicent

    I looooove this recipe! I will stock up on ingredients and try it again, this way, in the right manner 🙂 Thanks Jayson

    • I’m glad you liked it Millie. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂