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Vegan Chorizo Meatless Balls

by Tiago Fragoso
on 14th May 2019
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A Mediterranean inspired vegan ‘meatball’ recipe, packed with Mediterranean flavour. Vegan chorizo is widely available in most supermarket and really adds a delicious twist to the recipe.

Vegan Chorizo Meatless Balls

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  • For the Meatless Balls
  • 400g The Meatless Farm fresh mince
  • 100g chopped red onion
  • 100g vegan chorizo
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic
  • 25g fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the tomato marinara
  • 400g fresh chopped tomatoes
  • 200g passata
  • 1 tbsp olive oil + 1 tbsp for browning the meatless balls
  • 15g fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp vegetable bouillon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Using the bowl of your Ninja Kitchen System and the metal blade, pour in the chopped onion, garlic, chorizo, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper – pulse several times to mush the ingredients together.

  2. Add the fresh mince bit by bit and repeat the process until you have used up all of the mince, once all the ingredients have combined together roll into balls.

  3. Place the meatless balls in the fridge while you prepare the marinara sauce – at this point preheat the oven to 180C degrees

  4. To prepare the sauce, bring a saucepan to medium-low heat and pour in the olive oil, allow the olive oil to heat gently and add the fresh tomatoes, passata, parley, garlic powder, bouillon, salt and pepper. Simmer for approximately 30-45 minutes at low temperature – stirring occasionally.

  5. Bring a non-stick pan to medium heat and add the olive oil, add the meatless balls to brown – brown them for a minute on each side – then place them in a baking tray and in the oven to cook for 15-17 minutes.

  6. Then remove the meatless balls from the oven and mix them with the marinara sauce.

  7. Serve with crusty bread or pasta.

Tiago Fragoso

I have always had an interest for the healthy food industry, thehealthybeard started completely out of the blue – I started posting pictures of the breakfasts and desserts that I would make, within weeks my Instagram began to grow and people would ask me for the recipes. In 2014 I decided to quit eating animal based products and follow a plant-based diet and never looked back! My recipes focus on quick and easy plant-based dishes that are accessible to people. I love to inspire and encourage others to follow a healthy lifestyle. You can keep up to date with my recipes via my Blog and Instagram.
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