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!
And- to make this recipe even tastier-- I am teaming up with Vitamix to give YOU a 5200 blender so you can make your own!
This blender is awesome- and what I used to get the perfect texture for these "meat"balls! (as well as perfect drinks, smoothies, soups, etc!!)
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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
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!
- 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!