Spaghetti (Un)Meat Balls

For years I had tried dozens of “meat”ball recipes trying to find one that my children liked as much as prepackaged vegetarian meat balls.  I finally tried this one and it was a big hit with all of us.  This dish is easy and cheap to prepare and the whole family enjoyed the taste and the texture.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups TVP reconstituted with 1 3/4 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt or 1 T McKay’s beef seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano

Preparation:

  1. Rehydrate TVP.
  2. Water saute’ onion until soft.
  3. Mix all ingredients and shape this mixture into balls one inch in diameter, pressing firmly.
  4. Spray vegetable oil into a non-stick pan and cook balls until browned.
  5. Serve with your favorite tomato sauce in whole grain buns or over pasta.
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1 Nancy January 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

Please note: Although I have several recipes that include TVP, it’s not very often that I include it on my personal menus, opting for less-processed foods. When I do want that texture, what I have started doing lately is chopping up soy curls and using that instead. Soy curls are a whole, unprocessed, non-GMO food that gives the same texture as TVP. You can also find non-GMO or organic TVP at many health food stores.

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