Vegetarian meatballs with fried Napa cabbage

Vegetarian meatballs with fried Napa cabbage

How to make meatless 'meatballs' that actually taste fantastic and satisfy both vegetarians and meat lovers? We'll let you in on a secret... or actually two: with almond and cheese! These tasty low-carb veggie balls served with red pesto and fried Napa cabbage will sweep everyone off their feet.

Vegetarian meatballs with fried Napa cabbage

How to make meatless 'meatballs' that actually taste fantastic and satisfy both vegetarians and meat lovers? We'll let you in on a secret... or actually two: with almond and cheese! These tasty low-carb veggie balls served with red pesto and fried Napa cabbage will sweep everyone off their feet.
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4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • ½ lb 225 g almonds or almond flour
  • ½ cup 125 ml (75 g) sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp (2.5 g) ground psyllium husk powder
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp paprika powder
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1¼ cups 300 ml (150 g) shredded cheese
  • 3 3 eggeggs
  • ½ ½ yellow onion, shreddedyellow onions, shredded
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp olive oil
Easy tomato pesto
  • 1 oz. 30 g tomatoes, sun-dried
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1 garlic clove, mincedgarlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp dried basil
  • ½ cup 125 ml olive oil
  • salt and pepper
Napa cabbage
  • 1½ lbs 650 g Napa cabbage
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp light olive oil
  • sea salt

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Mix almonds and sesame seeds in a food processor along with spices and husk powder until finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients except olive oil and mix until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Shape walnut-sized balls with a teaspoon or well-oiled hands, so the mixture doesn't stick. Don't make them too big as they will expand during parboiling.
  3. Boil plenty of lightly salted water or mild broth in a saucepan. Add balls into the boiling water in several batches, depending on the size of your saucepan.
  4. Lower the heat when balls start floating to the surface and simmer for 3-4 minutes more. Remove and allow to drain.
  5. Heat butter or oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Fry balls for a few minutes until they get a nice golden color.

Easy tomato pesto

  1. Soak sun-dried tomatoes in lukewarm water for 10-15 minutes, if dried. Drain. Mix tomatoes and lemon juice roughly with a hand blender.
  2. Add oil and keep mixing until combined well. Salt and pepper to taste. Add basil, garlic and some more lemon juice and oil if needed.

Cabbage

  1. Roast cabbage in oven (440°F/225°C) with olive oil and sea salt for 15 minutes or fry in a pan.

Tip!

These vegetarian balls are a delicious alternative to meatballs that you can spice according to season or taste. Try with curry, various herbs or even allspice for Christmas!

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8 comments

  1. Una
    What on earth is Napa cabbage????
    Reply: #2
  2. Meekas Mum
    In Australia it's called wombok.
  3. Jane
    Chinese cabbage apparently!! so Bok Choy would work well too and I like it 👍
  4. Miche
    What could I substitute for the sesame seeds? I'm allergic to sesame.
    Reply: #8
  5. Bob
    Flax seede
  6. Una
    What is Napa cabbage???.
  7. Una
    Thanks just seen it's Chinese cabbage in Britain.
  8. Aran M
    Chia seeds?

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