Broccoli Meatballs


These meatless balls, rather, pack a serious protein-punch....depending on the size of your balls. (Just be glad Mark isn't writing this piece.) Seriously, up to 18 g of protein per ball, who needs the meat! Best way to grind almonds: buy slivered blanched raw almonds and use a high-powered blender like a Vitamix - don't blend too much or you'll end up with almond butter. I eat these with the tomato sauce for dinner, pop a couple for a snack or crumple them in a salad. I spotted this recipes in Vegetarian Times. So glad I did since it's so so good.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups broccoli florets (1 large head)

  • 1 cup blanched slivered almonds

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)

  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper

  • 2 large eggs

Garlic-Tomato Sauce

  • 1 Tbs. olive oil

  • ¼ cup diced white onion

  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped

  • 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Steam broccoli for 10 minutes, or until tender and bright green. Cool. Use 3 cups of broccoli if you want them less broccoli-y.

  • Pulse almonds in food processor until finely ground. Transfer to large mixing bowl.

  • Add Parmesan, basil, parsley, garlic, and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Mix well.

  • Pulse steamed broccoli in food processor until chopped. Transfer to bowl with mixture.

  • Whisk eggs in small bowl, then stir eggs into broccoli mixture.

  • Shape mixture into 16-24 meatballs by hand to hold their shape. Place on prepared baking sheet, and bake 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

  • To make Garlic-Tomato Sauce: Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and cook 5 minutes, or until onion is soft. Add tomatoes and their juice, and cook 20 minutes, or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

Serves: 4-10 (small meatballs for appetizers)

Time: 45 with prep

HEARTFUL RECIPE - Contains parm. If you're allergic to dairy, find an alternative veggie cheese (I have yet to find a good shreaded one). If you're not allergic, but just avoid dairy, I count this amount in my 10%, eat up and enjoy. One of our real food recipes that focuses on veggies, protein, healthy fats and/or healthy carbs and doesn't include gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, corn or peanuts.

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