Is it weird for me to say that I can hardly contain myself with the holiday approaching? I’m already obsessing about Halloween! ←spent way too much time coloring that. I’m like a kid, which is typical every year, however I never have an outlet for my excitement. So I never utilize any of my ideas. Until now! I have a BUNCH of goodies in store for you guys in preparation for the coming month and I’m not sure how much longer I can wait!! I might just have to do a “45 day countdown” until Halloween…

So while I’m dreaming about ghosts, goblins, and vampires, I will give you a recipe that you can sink your teeth into. A’MEAT-A-BALLS-UH!

These balls of meatless nature are comparable to the real thing and a sure knock-out-of-the-park for the people at your dinner table. They might even put you on their shoulders and start singing, “For she’s a jolly good lady…” And even if they don’t, I bet you that they are thinking about doing it…

Spaghetti & Vegan Meatballs - Fork & Beans

Balls of Meatless Nature Recipe

Makes 14 balls ←I feel weird writing that (probably because I am immature)…

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can red kidney beans; rinsed, drained and mashed by fork
  • 3/4 c. Italian seasoned bread crumbs (my gluten free version is below) = (1/2 c. for mixture ; 1/4 c. to coat outer layer of balls)
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 Tb flaxseed + 2 Tbs water, mixed and left to sit 10 minutes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbs fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbs spinach, chopped
  • 1 Tb fresh parsely, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt

Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs Recipe

Combine:
  • 2 waffles, toasted till brown, thrown into the blender until a soft crumb
  • 1/2 tsp each of dried basil, oregano, and thyme

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add everything into a mixing bowl (except for 1/4 c. breadcrumbs) and stir until combined. You might have to get the dainty digits dirty…
  2. Roll dough into 14 small-ish balls. Roll them into 1/4 c. of breadcrumb mix to lightly coat.
  3. In a non-stick skillet, heat up 1/2 Tb butter + 2 Tbs olive oil (you might need more as you go along). When hot, add beanballs into skillet and brown on all sides (I threw them into the toaster oven for another 5 minutes afterwards just to ensure that they heated throughly–optional).
  4. Serve with pasta and watch as your family gobbles them down.

Is it Halloween YET?????