Sunday, November 1, 2009

Vegan Bean Balls

Ive been on a real zucchini pasta kick lately. Does that ever happen to you? To mix it up a bit though I took a recipe from Veganomicon (which is fabulous!!) and came up with some delicious bean balls to add to my pasta. It made for one tasty dinner!

Vegan Bean Balls:

1 15oz. can kidney beans (1.5 cups)
1 Tbs. tomato paste
1 Tbs. Braggs
1Tbs. garlic
.25 c. oatmeal (chopped in food processor to a coarse flour)
dash of Braggs seasoning
chopped parsley
1/2 lemon juiced

Take kidney beans, tomato paste, Braggs and garlic and mash together to where the beans have turned into a paste but still contain a few big chunks.

Add in the rest of ingredients and stir to combine. Then mold into ball shapes and place on baking sheet.

Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes. Bean balls will be nice and crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. Thats all! Pretty easy!

I spiralized some zucchini that I had and roasted up some veggies as well. I tossed all this together and added a bit of my favorite marinara sauce from TJs and a small sprinkle of parm and I was in business.

Some ingredients I really thought worked well for this recipe were my Braggs sprinkles. I always look for spice mixes without salt, since I like to add my own amounts, and this particular blend is perfect for any type of recipe. Lots of rosemary, oregano, thyme, pepper, basil, garlic, kelp and many other great ingredients. I love this stuff.

Another great product is tomato paste in a tube! You don't know how many cans of tomato paste I've chucked because Ive had the tiniest amount left over. Plus I hate opening an entire can for maybe 1 Tbs. I've always tried to use the leftovers but sometimes then end up sitting in containers in the fridge for too long. The tube works out so well since i can squeeze out what I need and throw it back in the cabinet.
Then i made some peanut butter pudding and topped it off with a bit of fiber one. Great dessert and now its movie time for me! Have a great night!


  1. The PB pudding looks good! What kind of sprinkles/chips did you put on it?
    I go on food kicks, I've been on a Mango kick since last weekend, The spiralizer would be great for the mango!

  2. Oh yey!! it is good...I put some fiber one on it. Kinda looks like rabbit food, but tastes so good. I jsut like some crunch with my pudding. Oh a few dark chocolate chips and some PB chips. haha. I gotta have a bit of dessert every night!
    The spiralized mango would have been awesome!!! Just like the stuff your dad brought back from El Salvador. That was ssooo tasty...