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My Favorite Easy Meatless Veggie Balls For Vegetarian Holiday Guests!

Packed full of carrots, spinach, beans, potatoes and a boatload of aromatic spices, these Easy Meatless Veggie Balls are a hit in our house – hoping they will be one in y’alls too!

Meatless Veggie Balls

And so it dawns!

My favorite month of the year!

The month when I don’t mind being so busy I forget what I went to the bathroom for!

Yes, December 2017 is here and I’m so pumped!

I’m looking forward to juggling holiday parties, cookie exchanges, package mailing, holiday menu shopping, my daughter’s month-long birthday celebrations and work!

You see, to me, all of these things have one thing in common – and that is food!

Holiday parties = homemade cake!
Cookie exchanges = homemade cookies!
Mailed packages = more homemade cookies!
Christmas Dinner = me cooking food for it!

And – well, my daughter says her month long birthday celebrations wouldn’t be celebrations if not for food!

As for work – yeah, the first part of one of my job descriptions begins with “food”…

Holiday Shopping At The Fresh Market

This year for our Christmas dinner, I planned on making some veggie meatless balls.

On my first couple of attempts, I ended up blending the ingredients for too long and ended up with veggie meatless pancakes instead of balls!

Veggie Meatless Balls Preparation
Veggie Meatless Balls Rolled Up Ready To Cook

Then, I changed up the process and only blended up the chickpeas a tad bit and mixed them with the other ingredients and voila – these plant-based, Easy Meatless Veggie Balls were the result!

Veggie Meatless Balls Quick Saute

For our holiday dinner, I plan on serving these on a colorful bed of sauteed peppers and onions – just like you see here, as my daughter has managed to convince my mom to also go vegetarian.

So, check out the recipe below and maybe you will add this to your holiday menu for those vegetarian guests that will be there to celebrate with you?

Meatless Veggie Balls For Christmas

Thanks so much for reading, y’all!

No matter if you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas or Kwanza here’s hoping y’all have a wonderful holiday season!

Below are 7 of my favorite vegetarian snack recipes from the blog. They are a tasty addition to your holiday table for your vegetarian friends. Or, whip them up just because you would like something wholesome to add to your holiday or everyday menu!

BTW, You will find the recipe for the Easy Meatless Veggie Balls below the list of these 7 vegetarian snacks.

Easy Meatless Veggie Balls For Christmas
Meatless Veggie Balls For Christmas

Easy Meatless Veggie Balls For Vegetarian Holiday Guests

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Packed full of carrots, spinach, beans, potatoes and a boatload of aromatic spices, these Easy Meatless Veggie Balls are a hit in our house – hoping they will be one in y’alls too!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas
  • 1/2 red onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic diced finely
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 potato boiled and mashed roughly with a fork
  • 1/2 cup kale chopped up
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add the chickpeas to a food processor or blender and pulse till they are broken up - almost smashed in appearance. Then scoop out the smashed chickpeas into a bowl.
  2. Also to the bowl, add in the grated carrot, red onion, garlic, potato, ginger, kale, turmeric, paprika, coriander, almond meal, egg and salt and pepper and mix with a spoon or just get your hands in there.
  3. Form into balls and then saute in an oven safe pan/skillet with olive oil until very slightly browned.
  4. Then place pan in the oven and bake Veggie Meatless Balls for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.
  5. Enjoy warm on a bed of sauteed tri-color bell peppers and onions along with sriracha, sambal oleak or simply ketchup.
Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 58Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 9mgSodium 103mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 2g

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Thursday 7th of December 2017

These meatless veggie balls look amazing Shashi! I'll be pinning these as I'm always on the look out for vegetarian options as we try and eat veggies as much as possible now as opposed to meat. Although I have refused to go completely vegetarian. I would miss my meat curries too much! Hope you are well and into the festivities of the month. (It certainly sounds that way!). :-)

David @ Spiced

Monday 4th of December 2017

What a gorgeous plate, Shashi! I know where I'm coming to celebrate the holidays. :-) You know what's funny? My very first job ever was actually at a Fresh Market. I worked at the butcher counter basically helping customers and whatnot. But I loved walking into work because Fresh Market always had the best holiday vibe going on! These meatless meatballs sound quite delicious, and it's always good to have recipes like this up your sleeve. Thanks for sharing this one, my friend! Looks delicious!

cynthia

Friday 1st of December 2017

I do not use almond meal , what else can I use instead. thank you

Shashi

Friday 1st of December 2017

Hi Cynthia - you could use breadcrumbs - I've used them before - I just wanted to keep these gluten free that's why I used almond meal - hope you enjoy these and thanks for stopping by :)