Buffalo Quinoa Cauliflower Vegan "Meat" Balls



Recipe by Jessica in the Kitchen | Serves: 16 "meat" balls | Time: ~40 min


Ingredients


"Meat Balls"

1 cup roasted cauliflower

1 cup cooked quinoa

2 Neat Eggs

½ cup red onion, finely diced

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

¾ tsp sea salt

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 ½ tbsp coconut oil

1 cup breadcrumbs


Buffalo Sauce

1/2 cup vinegar based hot sauce (such as Frank's hot sauce)

1 tbsp vegan butter

1 tsp garlic powder

2-3 tbsp agave


Ingredients


Buffalo Sauce

Mix all the ingredients together other medium low heat in a sauce pan until completely incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.


Vegan Meatballs

Preheat oven to 450°F/230°C. Cut the cauliflower's stem off, and cut into even-sized florets. Drizzle the cauliflower with maybe a teaspoon of oil. Roast the cauliflower for 15-20 minutes in the oven. Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes.


In a food processor, add the cauliflower and pulse it until it's completely riced. Remove from the food processor. You only need 1 cup of this for this recipe.


Add the 1 cup of riced cauliflower and all the other meatball ingredients EXCEPT the coconut oil. You can pulse them or mix them together until they form into a tight ball, combining everything.


Heat the coconut oil in a pan over medium high heat. While it's heating, use a tablespoon measurer to form one raw meatball and shape into a ball with your fingers. You can place them on a plate while the oil heats.


Add one meatball to test the oil. Cook on one side for about 1-2 minutes, turning on all sides onto fully cooked inside and out, about 4 minutes. You can add as many meatballs as can fit in the pan without overcrowding it, cooking them all for about 4-5 minutes turning on each side, to cook them through.


Lower/turn the heat off. When the heat has cooled down, add in the sauce. You want to do this because if the pan is too hot, the sauce will spew and the heat can be dangerous while so hot.


Coat the meatballs in the sauce and then remove the pan from the stove. Serve.


What I ate and drank today

1 cold brew coffee

1 bowl of oatmeal

Crackers with gruyere

Bowl of cornflakes with almond milk

4 pretzel rods

White wine

Not nearly enough water


Exercise

~2 miles of walking (1 mile carrying groceries)

~20 minutes of strength training (core and arms)

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