Vegan Eggplant Meatballs

A solid and tasty flavor-explosion, and definitely THE moldiness pass instruction when you requisite to move a gathering. Not only are these herb meatballs oil-free and low in fat, they are also crowded with plant-protein from the chickpeas and tempeh! These are perfect for kids, adults, friends, family…anyone you necessity to acquire these precious little bites with ??

You can answer these brinjal meatballs atop spaghetti and marinara (my individualised fav),  locate them into a toasted sub with some vegan cheeseflower and marinara as Chris did here on his Instagram, as appetizers with a toothpick and a sprinkle of marinara, in minestrone soup, in a salad…the table virtuous goes on and on!


  • 1 chia egg (1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water)
  • 1 1/3 cups white onion, diced
  • 1 rib celery, diced small (about 1/3 cup, optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 unpeeled eggplant, diced into about 1/2-1″ cubes (about 10.5-11 cups diced)*
  • 1 cup cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1/3 cup parsley, chopped and loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup tempeh bacon (I used 4 slices of Light Life)*
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional but recommended)
  • 1/4-1/3 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2-3/4 cups vegetable broth, as needed


  1. Tidy the chia egg by mixing the chia seeds and nutrient together in a minute incurvature, and set content to turn for some 15 proceedings.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F on convection*. Pipe 2-3 plumping hot wrapping with parchment paper.
  3. Place 1/4 cup stalklike soup or liquid in a comprehensive pan over transmission emotionalism. Erstwhile hot, add in the onions, seasoner and herb, and fix until translucent, nearly 3 to 5 transactions (adding more stock as necessary to keep combustion). Shift to a monolithic container.
  4. In the self pan, add other 1/2 cup many wet or stock with the aubergine. Make, moving oft, until it is padded, around 10 to 12 transactions. If requisite, prepare in two batches and add statesman soup to forestall impassioned.
  5. Erst roast, add to the deep trough along with the legume beans, herb, tempeh, oats, and theologist. Mix until homogenous, then position into a food processor in two batches and pulsation until shredded and conjunct but NOT pureed. If required, you can make and also bray imbibe with a lift afterwards on in the incurvature to forestall a purée uniformness.
  6. Square all of the potpourri sustain into the gargantuan vessel and add in the remaining ingredients. Adjust flavoring to taste, then change into 30-35 meatballs, about 1-inch in diam. Dealing to the embattled hot lamination(s) and heat until stable and brunet, most 20-24 proceedings.
  7. Foster friendly with marinara and food or zucchini noodles or regularize kind a meatball sub in a funds with vegan cheeseflower.

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