Friday, April 30, 2021

Spaghetti and Meatless "meatballs"- Gluten Free

Spaghetti, Meatballs, Pasta, Lunch

I love these meatless meatballs. 
If you are looking for a meatless meal, these crispy vegan baked "meat(less)balls" are easy to make, tasty, and perfectly delicious. 

Balloons, Confetti, Stars, Birthday
It was my husband's birthday yesterday, and I wanted to prepare a meatless meal that he would enjoy. Since he loves spaghetti, it was an easy choice. However, I wanted to make it a little more special, so I experimented with making a meatless "meatballs" to add to the spaghetti (I use gluten-free spaghetti). 

I was really pleased with how the "meatballs" turned out. 
Of course they did not taste anything like a meatball.  They were more like a cross between a falafel and a vegan burger, but my husband said that they tasted 100%! 

We started his birthday meal with a beautiful colorful tomato salad. 

Salad, Healthy Eating, Vegetables

Next my husband had spaghetti (gluten-free) and meat-less meatballs.
I ate my meat-less balls as a side dish with homemade sugar free ketchup (recipe to be published in a few days) and a plate full of vegetables including sautéed mushrooms which I also ended up adding to his pasta as well.

meatless meatballs
My meatless meatballs before cooking 

These meatless meatballs taste even better the next day. They remain moist and delicious. I ate them for a quick snack. They freeze well and are handy to have on hand! 

2 cups of cooked quinoa, cooled and set aside
1 15 ounce can of chickpeas, drained (or 3 and 1/2 cups of cooked chickpeas, drained ) 
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1/4 cup of chunky salsa (oil free) 
2 tablespoons of homemade ketchup ( sugar free, oil free)
1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds 
Cracked pepper 
1/2 cup of garbanzo (chickpea) flour 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place chickpeas and onion in the food processor. Pulse and process until well mixed. Add the salsa, ketchup, Italian seasoning, cumin, cracked pepper, and cumin seeds. Pour mixture into a medium size bowl and mix in the garbanzo bean flour, and cooked quinoa. 
Drop rounded tablespoons full on two cookie sheets covered with parchment paper. Bake each tray for 25 minutes until balls are crispy and firm. Remove from cookie sheet.
Eat as a side dish or over spaghetti and meatballs. 

My Notes: 
1.  This meatless meatball recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and oil-free.
2.  I used marinara sauce for the pasta.
3. I buy oil-free marinara sauce at Whole Foods Market
4. I recommend reading How Not to Die by Dr. Greger
5. I recommend reading The Starch Solution by Dr. McDougall 

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  1. I’ve started cooking gluten free pasta. We both like it! We’re not ready for vegan meatballs yet. They look good though.

  2. Happy birthday to your husband! The salad looks so fresh.

  3. I'm always looking for good recipes for my vegan niece. I think I'll add this to my list for next time she comes for dinner.

  4. Happy birthday to your husband!

    best... mae at

  5. Spaghetti is a big favourite of my husband's, but not mine. We also use gluten free pasta. I think I would like these meatballs.
    Love tomato salad and have been having it lately, you just reminded me I should be adding basil to it!!

  6. Oooo, those sound wonderful, thanks for posting the recipe. I like both falafel and veggie burgers!

  7. Sounds good to me. Pinned this post. At Weekend Cooking and wish you a happy Day.

  8. Hope your husband had a great birthday! The dinner looks delicious!

  9. Yum! I'm going to try these! We have some baba ghanoush that might go well as a dip or a topping for these if I shape them like mini fritters instead of meatballs.

  10. What a fun idea to use meatless meatballs... they look SO tasty!

  11. Happy Birthday!!....I love your meatless meatballs....they look very yummy and healthy!!......Abrazotes, Marcela

  12. So creative! Those meatless meat balls sure look delicious!

  13. They look and sound delicious, Judee! Chickpeas are pretty magical in my opinion. The salad looks wonderful, too!


  14. Please go ahead and use the list of contronyms I posted. I found it somewhere online.

  15. Your spaghetti and meatless meatballs look delicious, I will be trying this recipe soon! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Miz Helen


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