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.


  • 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


  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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