This vegan tofu meatball recipe is CRAZY easy to assemble and makes a great addition to any meal. Protein filled tofu, hearty mushrooms, and Italian seasoning are just a few of the superstar ingredients in this plant-based recipe!
Meatballs were such a staple in my house growing up. One, because my mother is Italian and two, my parents owned a grinder (sandwich) shop and we would make the meatballs from scratch!
Now that meat is out of my life, doesn’t mean the balls are! This recipe just has a little unconventional twist. Instead of meat and eggs, we use tofu, mushrooms, and flax seeds. The results are a perfect round ball that doesn’t crumble on contact like other veggieball recipes I’ve tried out there.
Recipes that call for simple ingredients are not only better for your health, but also your wallet! All the ingredients in this recipe are super cheap to buy and easily accissible!
Note: There are different textures of tofu available, but I used extra firm for this recipe.
How to make tofu meatballs
To begin, throw the onions, garlic, and mushrooms into a food processor until finely chopped. Alternatively, you can use a knife and do this step by hand, but I’m all for saving time!
The key is to cook the onion/garlic/mushroom combo low and slow until a lot of the liquid is absorbed. This will keep your balls bound for a hearty veggieball that stays together!
Once the vegetables are thoroughly cooked, it’s just a matter of adding all your ingredients to a mixing bowl! See? Simple, my friends.
Here’s where the fun kicks in! Use your hands to form the balls! Got kids? This is the perfect step to get them involved 🙂
Tip: If the combination is too liquidly, try adding some more breadcrumbs or flax seed and let sit for 2-3 minutes. This should help absorb some of the liquid!
Voila! Your vegan meatballs are ready to bake! Place on parchment paper to prevent any sticking (and it’s a healthier alternative than cooking spray!)
What to eat with these vegan meatballs:
Besides pasta, the obvious choice, these vegan meatballs would taste great with other meals.
- Pair with zoodles for a low-carb paleo option
- Make “meatball” subs! Toast bread and add marinara sauce and cheese (use a vegan substitute for a plant-based meal)
- Create a “Buddha bowl” or grain bowl. Pair these veggie balls with quinoa and steamed veggies for a complete and wholesome meal
These vegan meatballs are perfectly baked, meaty, delicious in texture, and super filling! Even if you are a meat eater, these vegan meatballs are a great plant-based alternative that is healthier than a traditional meatball.
Ways to customize this recipe:
- Swap out breadcrumbs for a GF brand to make this recipe gluten-free
- Add red chili flakes for a tasty spice kick!
- If vegetarian, sprinkle in some parmesan or romano cheese. I think we can all agree cheese is delicious but as a bonus, it works as a binding agent.
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Easy Tofu Vegan Meatballs
These plant-based meatballs make the PERFECT meal! Tofu, mushrooms, and seasonings make these veggieballs hearty, filling, and delicious. Pair with pasta and marinara sauce for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
- 1 package tofu extra firm
- 1 8 oz package baby bella mushrooms
- 1 small yellow onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup parsley chopped
- 2 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 2 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 Tablespoon red chili flakes optional
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
Remove tofu from packaging and wrap in paper towels. Place on a plate and add another plate on top of tofu. Place a heavy object on top of the plate and let sit
Add onion, mushrooms, and garlic to food processor and pulse until finely chopped
Place pan on medium heat and add olive oil. Pour onion mushroom and garlic combo into the pan and let cook until most of the liquid is absorbed (about 6-8 minutes)
Remove vegetables from heat and pour into a medium-sized mixing bowl
Unwrap tofu and add to mixing bowl along with remaining ingredients
Using hands, mix ingredients together and form 1-inch balls. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet
Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan.
If the mixture is too liquidly and you cannot form "meatballs", try adding more breadcrumbs and/or flaxseed and let sit for 5 minutes
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