Meat-Free Mushroom Meatballs! Vegan & Paleo

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Meat-Free Mushroom Meatballs! Vegan & Paleo
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A brilliant all natural alternative for textured protein (that's wholefood) it's paleo and vegan!
Servings Prep Time
12 Meatballs 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 Minutes 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Meatballs 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 Minutes 3 hours
Meat-Free Mushroom Meatballs! Vegan & Paleo
Print Recipe
A brilliant all natural alternative for textured protein (that's wholefood) it's paleo and vegan!
Servings Prep Time
12 Meatballs 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 Minutes 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Meatballs 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 Minutes 3 hours
Instructions
  1. In a large pan, saute the finely diced onion in olive oil on medium-low heat for about 7 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms, increase the heat to medium-high and cook them until the water evaporates and then keep cooking the mushrooms until they brown nicely. Once you get to the point where there is no water you'll need to watch them carefully, they can stick quickly once the water has evaporated. This should take around 15-18 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, stir, and transfer the mushrooms to a large mixing bowl. Let them cool down.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients excluding the pasta sauce to the bowl.
  5. Stir the mixture carefully and cover it with clingfilm. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, overnight if you can! For the flavours to develop. Cooktoria recommended this and I completely agree, it changes the recipe entirely!
  6. When you're ready to eat, using a tablespoon as a measure, form small meatballs from the mix.
  7. Fry the balls in a small amount of vegetable oil until they turn brown.Then bake them in a preheated oven at 200C (Gas mark 6) the original recipe says for 15 minutes but I like the firmer texture so I cooked mine for 35 minutes on a lower heat 180C (Gas mark 4).
  8. Add tomato sauce to the medium saucepan. Place the meatballs on top and cook the meatballs in the sauce on a low heat for about 15 more minutes. This step really add's the authentic softness to the centre of the meatballs and adds another level of flavour.
  9. Garnish with something fancy and take some photos for Instagram.
Recipe Notes

To change the recipe to paleo you can swap the bread and oats to 4 tbsp of almond flour which is nutty and adds great flavour to the meat-lessballs (or other flour of choice). And Add 1 tsp of flax seeds, 1 tsp of xanthan gum to thicken the mixture.

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Meat-Free Mushroom Meatballs! Vegan & Paleo

Meat-Free Mushroom Meatballs!

Meatball day is the 9th of March but who cares? Meatballs are the cherry on the cake for spaghetti and what better than to celebrate Meatball day than in style. No one should feel left out of a random day national holiday, ha! So, here’s a Paleo & Vegan recipe I developed especially for you special snowflakes. Don’t worry, I’m one too .so I’m allowed to say it.

I was browsing the interwebs the other day looking for new recipes to inspire me. Since swapping to the Vegan diet I’ve struggled to stay paleo. Paleo is very limited in terms of eating grains, pulses and legumes – something that the vegan diet relies heavily on. So when I can, I try to Paleo-ise and Vegan-ise any recipe that tickles my fancy.

Cooktoria has a wonderful vegetarian recipe for meat-free meatballs but I was gutted to see it wasn’t paleo or vegan. How dare so not cater my ridiculous confusing lifestyle choices. Non-the-less I have fiddled and dabbled with the recipe enough to know that I can cater to both Paleo & Vegan.

Meat-Free Mushroom Meatballs! Vegan & Paleo
Print Recipe
A brilliant all natural alternative for textured protein (that's wholefood) it's paleo and vegan!
Servings Prep Time
12 Meatballs 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 Minutes 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Meatballs 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 Minutes 3 hours
Meat-Free Mushroom Meatballs! Vegan & Paleo
Print Recipe
A brilliant all natural alternative for textured protein (that's wholefood) it's paleo and vegan!
Servings Prep Time
12 Meatballs 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 Minutes 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Meatballs 25 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
40 Minutes 3 hours
Instructions
  1. In a large pan, saute the finely diced onion in olive oil on medium-low heat for about 7 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms, increase the heat to medium-high and cook them until the water evaporates and then keep cooking the mushrooms until they brown nicely. Once you get to the point where there is no water you'll need to watch them carefully, they can stick quickly once the water has evaporated. This should take around 15-18 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, stir, and transfer the mushrooms to a large mixing bowl. Let them cool down.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients excluding the pasta sauce to the bowl.
  5. Stir the mixture carefully and cover it with clingfilm. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, overnight if you can! For the flavours to develop. Cooktoria recommended this and I completely agree, it changes the recipe entirely!
  6. When you're ready to eat, using a tablespoon as a measure, form small meatballs from the mix.
  7. Fry the balls in a small amount of vegetable oil until they turn brown.Then bake them in a preheated oven at 200C (Gas mark 6) the original recipe says for 15 minutes but I like the firmer texture so I cooked mine for 35 minutes on a lower heat 180C (Gas mark 4).
  8. Add tomato sauce to the medium saucepan. Place the meatballs on top and cook the meatballs in the sauce on a low heat for about 15 more minutes. This step really add's the authentic softness to the centre of the meatballs and adds another level of flavour.
  9. Garnish with something fancy and take some photos for Instagram.
Recipe Notes

To change the recipe to paleo you can swap the bread and oats to 4 tbsp of almond flour which is nutty and adds great flavour to the meat-lessballs (or other flour of choice). And Add 1 tsp of flax seeds, 1 tsp of xanthan gum to thicken the mixture.

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I have happily worked on this recipe over the weekend. Especially since I had all Sunday in the kitchen, to myself! The recipe has been adapted, as I said, but that doesn’t mean it took a lot of tears (mostly from the onion) to develop this further. I learnt a lot along the way, the finer the mushrooms and onion the better the texture.

You can skip the parsley entirely and add a few leaves of basil in the mix. It is a softer texture so I would recommend replacing it with a dry ingredient or swapping it for basil. Any swaps you make must have an alternative replacement to ensure that lovely texture!

I really struggled chopping up the mushrooms as mine were wilting slightly so a tip is to make sure they’re firm and fresh! I also added far too much breadcrumb to my mix so I did have to cook mine for longer but on my re-take they turned out much better so I have altered the recipe to suit.

Other than that…

 

Enjoying tucking into a meat-free meal is the best way to end a day full of activity and workouts. Fuel your body with healthy choices for a happier life! If you want to get on track with organising your days and your workouts you can read any of my articles on those topics. Or, if you’d prefer you can browse my vegan and paleo recipes. or-or-or if you’re a lazy whatsit you can buy these vegan meatballs from tesco. They’re 100% Amy approved but they’re not made with love, that’s all I’m saying about the matter.

Meat-Free Mushroom Meatballs | When I can, I try to Paleo-ise and Vegan-ise any recipe that tickles my fancy and nothing say's spag bol like a good meat-free meat ball! I can't eat Quorn products so this is perfect for me and anyone with a nut,soy,dairy or gluten allergy!

 

 

Amy-May Hunt

7 comments on “Meat-Free Mushroom Meatballs! Vegan & Paleo”

  1. Love the recipe. I have a couple of girlfriends that come round always wanting something Vegan and I have to say that I struggle to come up with anything different. These look perfect. I bet they would also make great burgers too. Elinor x

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