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I need a vegetarian meatball recipe that has awesome flavor and texture of traditional meatballs. If anyone has suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.
Location:, North Carolina, United States
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Danielle’s personal blog: http://itstartswithme-danielle.blogspot.com
Total items: 16
3 yogurt cups (#5)
2 windows (from spaghetti)
1 plastic wrap (from Parmesan)
2 produce tags
2 milk cap + ring (glass bottled milk)
1 meatless meatball package
5 wrist bands from waterpark (they look like paper, but they don’t tear… assuming they are plastic)
What items can I easily replace with plastic free or less plastic alternatives?
Spaghetti: I haven’t bought spaghetti since last September. I actually had a half a box in my pantry since last fall… so when my daughter asked for spaghetti & meatballs… I decided to by a box so that I could use up what I had. Obviously, I can make spaghetti :)
Meatballs: They make spaghetti complete. These weren’t amazing so I wouldn’t buy them again… but I have been on the hunt for a plastic-free yummy (in taste & texture) veg. meatball recipe.
Parmesan: I need to buy a big chunk without plastic, grate it and freeze it for these unexpected times when I need it that way I’m not stuck with plastic.
What items would I be willing to give up if a plastic free alternative doesn’t exist?
I’d give up meatballs. Though I know I can find an alternative! :)
What items are essential and seem to have no plastic-free alternative?
Waterpark: Can’t go without the wristbands. It’s (at most) a once a year thing, so I’m ok with it.
What lifestyle change(s) might be necessary to reduce my plastic consumption?
I’m still doing one meal a week that I “allow” myself to use plastic. This week spaghetti and meatballs was that meal.
I also let my kids pick out one snack a week that can come in plastic. Though, I should mention that some weeks they don’t pick anything that comes in plastic. This week it was individual yogurt cups. I can’t complain that’s what they asked for their “special snack.”
What one plastic item am I willing to give up or replace this week?
Besides the milk and lettuce, I won’t be using any of the items in the photo.
What other conclusions, if any, can I draw?
Oh, okay. Just because egg is a great binder... it holds everything together. But definitely not vegan.
Beth- They definitely don't have to be vegan!! They can have loads of cheese and eggs! ;) Becca- Thanks for the compliment!! I really appreciate your help... I'll give them a try again sometime. :)
Oh, hmm. I didn't change anything in the recipe, and they held together pretty well. The vital wheat gluten seems to bind the mashed up beans and other ingredients. I usually bake them, rather than frying them. I flip them after some time (according to the directions). The first time I did it, they crumbled a bit when I flipped them. Now, I just turn them with a fork gently. It might be worth a try. They are a staple meal in our household. I hope they work for you! By the way - I love your blog!
Hey Becca! Thanks for the suggestion! I actually do have Veganomicon and have made the bean balls before... taste is super yummy...but I have never been able to get them to hold together very well.... usually they end up kind of mushed in the sauce (a beany Bolognese sauce ;) ) ... do you have a tip for keeping them together??
The tastiest veggie meatball recipe comes from Veganomicon (a must have cookbook if you prepare a lot of vegetarian meals!). Here is a a link to the recipe: http://www.7spice.net/recipe-index/italian-cuisine/spaghetti-and-beanballs-recipe/
OMG!! Melissa... thank you SO much!! I'm stoked! I eat cheese... in fact, I have a half a wheel of cheddar (shredded) in my freezer!! ...AND I bought eggplant at the farmers market... so it's looking like I have everything to make that recipe!! Will make it in the next couple of days!!! :)
http://straightfromthefarm.net/2008/09/22/eggplant-meatballs-recipe/ Sounds yummy. Though I wonder if it would be ok cheese free.