Delicious paleo vegan bbq meatballs are an easy comfort food that is perfect as an appetizer or a main dish! No tofu, soy, or grains- just lots of veggies and whole foods!
I love finding fresh, delicious ways to re-make some of my favorite foods – reducing calories, fat, and even making them gluten/grain free, or vegan!
It’s not always easy to come up with a way to create a meaty flavor or a good texture from vegetables – and I really didn’t think I’d be able to without using grains to bind the meatballs– but I am so pleased with how great these turned out!
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These are such an easy, delicious comfort food that you don’t have to feel bad about!
You can also pre-cook them and freeze these meatballs ahead of time- and make them in big batches!
This way, you can pull a few out at a time to have a perfectly portioned appetizer or dinner, so you can reach for a great whole-food instead of quick go-to processed foods!
I’m sharing another great take with these meatballs soon- so stay tuned!
The trick to this recipe is the perfect texture- and a good method.
For our meatball texture, we want a finely ground base- but not overly ground (or it will turn to soup!!).
In many blenders, this would be tough- but the Vitamix allows you to use a tamper to stir your ingredients right there in the blender for the right texture!
Pulse on a low setting and stir well while blending to keep the food moving and prevent it from liquifying.
Also, after testing a few ways to make these meatballs- I can say NOT to cook these on foil (as pictured). Use parchment paper instead- the soft texture of these meatballs will stick to foil.
The meatball itself is a little fragile until sautéed (or frozen for future use) – so don’t manhandle them when sautéing!
Paleo Vegan BBQ Meatballs
- 2 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 1 bell pepper any color, diced
- 1 eggplant skin on, diced
- 1 zucchini diced
- ½ cup walnuts diced very fine
- 1/2 cup paleo BBQ sauce
Set a baking sheet out with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large pan, heat grapeseed oil until shimmery.
Add in diced bell pepper, eggplant, walnuts, and zucchini.
Sautee until browned, about 15 minutes - stirring regularly to prevent burning.
Remove from heat and let cool about 5 minutes.
Add to vitamix blender with tamper and grind until soft- making sure to use tamper to stir mixture. It should be a small, soft texture but not liquified.
Remove mixture from blender and put into a large bowl.
Take 1/4 cup mixture and roll into a tightly packed ball.
Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Continue rolling balls until you've made them all.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until a deep brown. This step helps the meatballs "set", so don't skip it!
At this point, you can remove your meatballs and freeze them for another use.
If eating immediately, place meatballs in a pan with a drizzle of grapeseed oil over medium heat.
Brown on all sides, about 8 minutes.
Add bbq sauce, stir well.
Let sauce heat up- about 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and serve immediately!
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