This week for #SundaySupper it’s all about unprocessed foods. The definition of “unprocessed” can be intrepreted differently by many people. To me it is homemade food made with whole ingredients that have not been through a process of preservatives. My Moms Homemade Vegetarian Meatballs fit this bill quite nicely for me.

Moms Homemade Vegetarian Meatballs
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While my mom was a vegetarian, my dad was not.  So, we always had a great variety in our home.  I admit, my preference was the vegetarian food.  To this day I crave things my mother made more than I ever crave a steak.
These meatballs are made with whole, unprocessed ingredients.  You can serve these  with a homemade tomato sauce or a homemade mushroom gravy.  Both ways are very delicious!  They are made with nut meal, eggs, cheese, bread crumbs or crushed crackers and seasoning then baked or fried.  I choose to bake mine to elimiate the grease factor.
Moms Homemade Vegetarian Meatballs
For anyone who is not a meat eater, and you think that these meatballs would just not cut it for you, I need to let you know that my die hard meat and potato husband came into the kitchen when I was making these.  His words….and I am not going to exactly quote because they weren’t so kosher…were:  “I had to come out to the kitchen because something smells *expletive* good!”  Case closed.  🙂  He had done himself in because he just told me my vegetarian meatballs smelled good so I could tell him what it was.  After saying those words, he had no choice but to eat them. 😉
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Moms Homemade Vegetarian Meatballs #SundaySupper
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
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  • 6 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup pecan meal
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 black garlic clove, diced
  • 1 teaspoon gravy master
  • 2 cups Italian flavored bread crumbs
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Whisk together eggs, pecan meal and cheese. Set aside.
  2. Saute onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon butter until onion softens and garlic starts to dissolve. Stir in 1 heaping tablespoon almond butter. Remove from heat and let cool about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir onion mixture into egg mixture until combined. Then stir in bread crumbs or crackers. The mixture should be thick enough to scoop with a small cookie scoop. Scoop onto a foil lined cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Spray tops of meatballs with cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Turn meatballs over and bake another 10-15 minutes. Serve with your favorite sauce.

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  1. Renee October 5, 2014 at 11:22 am - Reply

    And so I'll have to make these to check out that (expletive) awesome smell (and flavor too).

  2. How interesting, they sound downright delicious!

  3. Liz Berg October 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Haha, I love your hubby's comment…what an endorsement. I bet they ARE delicious!!!

  4. honeyb October 5, 2014 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    I will definitely have to fool my family until they've finished eating, then tell them. I did that with a meatless "meatloaf"–told them after they ate it and liked it and they still think I was mean. I don't care. Those meatballs look and sound good and I want them. Meat schmeat.

  5. honeyb October 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Oh, and questions–what is gravy master? And is pecan meal the only one you've ever used? (Not biggie, I can grind up any nut, just wondering.)

  6. Camilla Mann October 5, 2014 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Okay, I'm intrigued. I have some almond meal. I might try it with that! 😉 Thanks for sharing.

  7. Sarah Reid October 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    That sounds great! Never seen pecans used for balls before either

  8. Renee Goerger October 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    HaHaHa! I adore Grumpy's comments. Priceless! These look yummy. I'd happily eat 4 or 5 🙂

    Renee – Kudos Kitchen

  9. Foodie Stuntman October 7, 2014 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Glad you won over your spouse with these meatballs.

  10. Cindys Recipes and Writings October 7, 2014 at 9:51 am - Reply

    They say we taste with our eyes first but the smell of your dinner cooking proved otherwise!

  11. Ala October 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Whoo! What an awesome household you must have grown up in–vegetarian meatballs sound right up my alley, and it's great to have variety. Thank you for sharing this!

  12. Marjory @ Dinner-Mom October 10, 2014 at 1:02 am - Reply

    These look delicious – I lean vegetarian and would love these!

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  16. Joan October 1, 2015 at 8:49 am - Reply

    These sound delicious. As a mom of a daughter who is vegetarian, I’m always looking for vegetarian recipes that I can serve to the whole family without making the rest of us feel meat deprived. This sounds alike a great option. We are also eating healthy and watching our calorie intake. Do you have a idea of the calories on this dish?

    • Shelby October 2, 2015 at 7:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Joan, I don’t have it calculated but will do it for you and get back to you.

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