Tonight’s dinner was vegan meat balls over capellini with a tvp tomato sauce. you have to admit.. when you look at this dish you could fool any meat eater on this planet, hehe! It look so like the real deal. It was so delicious. We don’t eat pasta very often, not that we don’t like that but we’re more a stew/curry kind of family. I cannot remember the last time I ate ”meatballs” it’s not something my mom used to make, and when I was old enough to decided by myself I never did the real deal neither the vegan/vegetarian equivalent. There’s a first time for everything I guess, hehe. I’ll make those balls again, maybe next time I’ll try another kind of combination..
I was looking for a recipe for ”meatballs” the other day and I came across one (You can see it HERE) that sounded good. Finally I changed many things.. not the same kind of beans, or seasonings, I used quinoa and not rice, I added bread crumbs… anyway. You know me (well I guess, hehe) I love to change recipes. I don’t like to follow a recipe like it is written.
I’m happy.. today I’m starting my 5th week of my 3rd pregnancy. 3 more weeks and I’m seeing my doctor, yeah!
I cannot believe we had another snow storm today in Quebec.. we even lost the power for 2 hours!!! And it’s almost April! When will Spring will decide to start here.. It’s white EVERYWHERE!! *crying*
* Olive oil
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 cup packed spinach, chopped
* 1 cup coarsely chopped mushrooms
* 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
(or another seed or nut)
* 1 cup cooked navy beans
* 1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasonings
* 2 tablespoons dried oregano
* Salt and pepper (to taste)
* 1 cup cooked quinoa
* 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
* Pasta & Sauce (to serve with)
* Preheat oven to 350’F
* In a pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic then cook for 4-5 minutes or until the onions are tender. Stir in the chopped mushrooms and spinach. Continue to cook for another 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
* In a food processor, combine the veggie mixture, the sunflower seeds, the seasonings, salt, pepper and 2/3 cup of the beans. Pulse until you reach the perfect consistency for your balls. that mean when the mixture is able to hold together.
* In a bowl, combine the mixture you just pulse with the remaining 1/3 cup beans (I wanted some texture, but you can totally skip that and pulse all the beans!) quinoa and the bread crumbs. Form balls with your hands. Mine were medium-big but you can decided to do tiny balls too. It’s up to you. On a baking sheet (I always use my old sheets when I have to cook something like that and not cookies, hehe) place the balls and cook for 28-30 minutes.
* Remove from the oven and serve over pasta.