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Hello! I mostly just shop in supermarkarkets as I don't usually use many specialist products, so I was wondering is someone could tell me if vegan meatballs exist and if they're any good?<br><br>
I usually find this kind of thing out at vegan festivals/events with free samples but I haven't been in ages and I don't want to go on a wild goose chase, or fork out for something that's going to be a bit pants!<br><br>
My boyfriend said he'd like to eat spag bol with faux-meat balls when he saw some vegetarian ones in the supermarket (well he'd like them with real meat balls but I'm cooking so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> ) but they weren't vegan.<br><br>
Oh and we do use soya mince in spag bol atm, but only occasionally because I don't like it that much. So feel free to let me know any other spag-bol recipes you use if they're REALLY good as perhaps mine just needs improvement! It's not a meal I really like, or ate before I was vegetarian really, so I don't even know what I'm aiming for taste-wise usually.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> thanks helpful VBers!
 

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On top of spaghetti, all covered in cheezly; I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezly.....<br><br>
I swear I've seen vegan meatballs somewhere. Buggered if I can remember where though, as theyre not something I'd buy. Ill dig in my memory. Not very helpful, huh? Just use falafel >.>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Pirate Ferret</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2938227"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
On top of spaghetti, all covered in cheezly; I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezly.....<br><br>
I swear I've seen vegan meatballs somewhere. Buggered if I can remember where though, as theyre not something I'd buy. Ill dig in my memory. Not very helpful, huh? Just use falafel >.></div>
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ha ha--I haven't sung on top of spaghetti in ages.<br><br>
here is my recipe for walnut neatballs;<br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Chickpea walnut Neatballs</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Preheat oven to 200C/400F</span></span><br><b><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed</span></span></b><br><b><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">½ tsp smoked paprika</span></span></b><br><b><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">1 tsp dried basil</span></span></b><br><b><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">1 tsp dried oregano</span></span></b><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><b><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">½ cup dry (not soaked)walnuts</span></b> <span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">(pulsed in a food processor to break into smaller bits)</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><b><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">2 TB nutritional yeast</span></b></span><br><b><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">2 TB flax meal or wheat germ</span></span></b><br><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mix together in a small bowl</span></span><br><b><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">2 TB tomato paste</span></span></b><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><b><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">1 clove smashed garlic</span></b> <span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">(I cheat and use garlic paste)</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><b><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">Heaping ½ tsp marmite</span></b> <span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">(if you can get it—just helps to give it a “beefy” flavour)</span></span><br><b><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">1 TB tamari or soy sauce</span></span></b><br><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Either pulse everything in a food processor or I use my stick blender and pulse until pureed but still has a few half smashed chickpeas. Roll into 16 walnut sized balls and put on a lightly greased (or use parchment baking paper) cookie sheet.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Put 1 tsp olive oil in a small dish and use a pastry brush to lightly brush oil on all sides of each ball. Bake for 15 minutes while you boil the pasta and heat the sauce.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">They come out slightly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I wouldn’t simmer them in sauce as they might fall apart. But if you like save back a bit of sauce and pour it over the neatballs just before serving.</span></span>
 

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I know it's not as convenient as buying them from a shop, but <a href="http://www.theppk.com/2009/01/tofu-balls/" target="_blank">This Recipe</a> from The PPK is one I;ve used many times, it's SUPER easy and surprisingly tasty. I'm sur eyou could make a big batch and freeze them. Weirdly, the post appears to be from 2009, but I seem to remember using the recipe in about 2005.<br><br>
1 lb. extra firm tofu<br>
1 small very finely chopped onion<br>
3 tablespoons soy sauce<br>
3 tablespoons peanut butter<br>
1/2 cup bread crumbs<br>
A few pinches fresh basil or oregano<br>
Flour for rolling balls in<br>
Oil to pan-fry in<br>
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls. Roll in flour and fry in preheated skillet, cooking until slightly to medium brown on all sides.<br><br>
Edit<br><br><a href="http://www.redwoodfoods.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&product_id=66&category_id=2&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=54" target="_blank">SHAZZAM!</a> But you're only likely to find them in hippie shop and Holland & Barrett, I reckon.
 

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I read that Beanstew had spag and "meat" balls the other day. Maybe send him a pm to see what recipe he used.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I make a kickass vegan spag bol. I posted the recipe on the forum somewhere... I'll see if I can dig it out.<br><br>
And I -think- Asda's own brand meat free meat balls are vegan. I haven't had them in ages, but I don't remember seeing any non-vegan ingredients on the label.
 

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And I -think- Asda's own brand meat free meat balls are vegan. I haven't had them in ages, but I don't remember seeing any non-vegan ingredients on the label.</div>
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According to the <a href="http://groceries.asda.com/asda-estore/search/searchcontainer.jsp?trailSize=1&searchString=meat+free&domainName=Products&headerVersion=v1&_requestid=121567" target="_blank">ASDA</a> website they contain egg.
 

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According to the <a href="http://groceries.asda.com/asda-estore/search/searchcontainer.jsp?trailSize=1&searchString=meat+free&domainName=Products&headerVersion=v1&_requestid=121567" target="_blank">ASDA</a> website they contain egg.</div>
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Oh, ok. Never mind then :p<br><br>
Redwoods do some: <a href="http://www.redwoodfoods.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&product_id=66&vmcchk=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=54" target="_blank">http://www.redwoodfoods.co.uk/index....mart&Itemid=54</a><br><br>
Never had them, but I've also loved every redwoods product I've tried.
 

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Redwoods do some: <a href="http://www.redwoodfoods.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&product_id=66&vmcchk=1&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=54" target="_blank">http://www.redwoodfoods.co.uk/index....mart&Itemid=54</a><br></div>
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I already posted a link for that! Are you trying to steal my thunder? You're stealing my thunder! Don't steal my thunder!
 

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I already posted a link for that! Are you trying to steal my thunder? You're stealing my thunder! Don't steal my thunder!</div>
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*steals thunder*<br><br>
Sorry, I didn't click on your link and there was no description in the text. Forgive me? *offers vegan cookie of peace*
 

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Sorry, I didn't click on your link and there was no description in the text. Forgive me? *offers vegan cookie of peace*</div>
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Yea, I like my oblique references, so that's my fault.<br><br>
I'll take the cookie and save it for later, thanks. I just ate the MOST brown rice EVER.
 

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Thanks for the redwoods link (both of you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">) - they're certainly one of the better faux-meat companies out there so thanks! Don't worry goldman, I have plenty of hippy shops at my disposal, about 4 within 10mins walking I think! They're all independant and stock totally different stuff which means my chances are good and there's a H&B in town too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Also thanks for the recipes, I actually like that idea better - for some reason I just didn't think of making my own! I think I'll try both recipes and the redwood ones (over time, not like, all in one go!) and see <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
Areyfairy let me know what's in your kick ass spag bol if you can find it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I was looking at all the ones in the supermarket (not vegan ones) to see what they put in it today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> I'm taking this very seriously, haha, one had red wine which sounds right up my alley.<br><br>
ETA: I totally overuse smileys and exclaimation marks, and I've only just noticed.
 

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Found it! Copied and pasted from the 'nice things omnis say' thread:<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">It's not a recipe per-se, as it's one of those thing's I've always cooked, and nowadays I just chuck stuff in a pot without thinking. I've not actually bothered to make a formal recipe for it. But here goes:<br><br>
Ingredients:<br>
One onion*<br>
Six tomatoes, or one tin of chopped tomatoes if taking the easy route*<br>
Tomato Puree*<br>
Tomato Ketchup*<br>
Basil<br>
Parsley<br>
Vegan Worcestershire Sauce<br>
Vegan Red Wine (a dry, full-bodied one works best)<br>
Salt<br>
Pepper<br>
Soy mince<br>
Mushrooms/Courgettes/Red Peppers (optional)<br>
Spaghetti (non-egg, obviously)<br><br>
Prep veg: Dice onions, peel, de-seed and finely chop tomatoes (or open tin and drain excess liquid), dice other veg if using.<br>
Put spaghetti on to boil (If it's dried. If not, it'll take less time to cook, so wait). Fry onions and other veg in a small amount of oil until nearly cooked. Drain of excess oil, add to tomatoes in saucepan. Low heat, add some tomato puree and a squeeze of ketchup, and stir. Should create a sauce. Add soy mince, spices to taste, a generous amount of red wine and a splash of the worcestershire sauce. Stir some more, until hot. Serve on top of your (now cooked) spaghetti, with home-made garlic bread, because it's awesome.</div>
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Anything with a * can be subbed for the super-easy route: a jar o' bolognese sauce. Then just add the rest. I do this when my boyfriend comes to visit me; he finishes work at 5 and my the time the train has gotten to me it's about 11pm. He'll call me when he gets to the station, and I have about 15 minutes to make dinner. So I just use a jar in those cases. Still tastes pretty awesome. Oh, and you can always take out the soy mince and sub in a ton of vegetables for a tasty pasta dish. But I really like it with the mince. Especially the redwoods mince. Nom.
 

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This is making me hungry.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 
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