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Grandmas Meatballs

What you need: 

1 package Gimme Lean Beef (or similar beef substitute)
1/2 cup minced parsley
3-6 cloves chopped raw garlic
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup nutritional yeast or faux grated vegan cheese
oregano (to taste)
salt and pepper (to taste)
olive oil

What you do: 

My grandmother used to make the most amazing meatballs, which I’ve been perfecting the vegan version of.
Start with a package of Gimme Lean (it tends to bind better than textured soy protein + egg substitute), and mix with the chopped parsley, garlic, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. Roll into balls. You can make the balls as big or as small as you like, but I prefer smaller balls as the cooking time is faster.
Grease a baking pan with olive oil, and drizzle lightly over the balls. Broil until golden brown (Maybe 10-15 minutes? Depending on the size of your balls.) Use for spaghetti + meatballs, or appetizers, or sandwiches.

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I just made these and they are delicious!  Instead of broiling in the oven, I pan fried with a light layer of olive oil and then dropped them into the sauce.  Thanks for the receipe!


Thanks for the correction! I look forward to trying this recipe again.


baharu: Gimme Lean is very sticky right out of the package and will bind together without adding anything to it at all.  So that's why you had trouble getting it to stick together.


I made these last night and they tasted very good. However, they DID NOT bind together, no matter what I tried. (I used Yves Ground Round, not Gimme Lean, I don't know if that made that big a difference). So I finally added about 1/4-1/3 cup of egg replacer to it, and then they held together fine. It made 9 pretty good-sized meatballs and I broiled for about 15 minutes, then baked for about 5 minutes more. Great color and even my TVP- and soy-hating non-veggie partner really liked them!

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