Vegan Chickpea + Quinoa ‘Meatballs’ + Polenta

September 12, 2018

This Vegan Chickpea + Quinoa ‘Meatballs’ + Polenta recipe is truly something special. Loaded with savory, spicy and sweet flavors, these ‘meatballs’ made from veggies are moist, silky, and tender. This dish is the perfect meal for dinner for the family on any given day.

Vegan Chickpea + Quinoa 'Meatballs' + Polenta

So we’re midway into the week and I am so excited that the weekend is coming closer and closer. Who else is happy?

Ok, so can we talk about these ‘meatballs’ for a second? Oh my! Oh my! That’s all that I can say. But seriously—these ‘meatballs’ are so awesome!

Vegan Chickpea + Quinoa 'Meatballs' + Polenta

For these savory little bites, I used quinoa and chickpeas. I know. It sounds a bit crazy since most people like to use zucchini or mushrooms or something else. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this dish and wouldn’t have it any other way.

If you’re a lover of quinoa like myself, then you’ll really enjoy these Spicy BBQ Lentil Quinoa Vegan Burgers. They are certainly the new way to enjoy a nice hearty meal without the meat. They’re just as good as they look and the hint of spice adds a great balance to the sweetness of the BBQ sauce.

Vegan Chickpea + Quinoa 'Meatballs' + Polenta

Recently I made these delicious Healthy Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes + Praline Syrupwhich are the perfect breakfast dish to kick start the Fall season. Now, I know that at first glance you might be wondering—why quinoa in pancakes? What the heck? But trust me, they’re amazing! And don’t worry—because the quinoa is cooked, they aren’t that apparent (in terms of graininess or seediness) so your pancakes will still be just as fluffy and soft as you like them!

Vegan Chickpea + Quinoa 'Meatballs' + Polenta

Of course, I am a lover of chickpeas as well, and so many of you have fallen in complete love with this Vegan Chickpea + Broccoli Mashed Potato BowlDon’t forget about this Roasted Plantain + BBQ Chickpea Vegan Bowl. This recipe is the ultimate dinner idea that comes packed with a sweet + spicy side of chickpeas, fresh spinach, baked sweet potatoes, snow peas, and a twist of oven roasted sweet plantains. Pure perfection in one dish.

Vegan Chickpea + Quinoa 'Meatballs' + Polenta

Now, let’s dig right into this recipe, shall we?

Begin by cooking your polenta in a medium pot of boiling water OR veggie stock (for extra flavor), whisking continuously as it begins to boil. Add a pinch of sea salt and reduce heat to low and simmer (covering the pot with a lid) for 25-30 minutes, whisking every 10 minutes until fully cooked through and thickened. Once desired consistency is met, add vegan butter and vegan ‘cheese’ and whisk everything together until creamy and everything has melted. Remove from heat and set aside (still covered with lid).

Next, combine the quinoa, chickpeas, garlic cloves, nutritional yeast, flax ‘egg’, bread crumbs, smoked paprika, dried parsley, sea salt + black pepper in a food processor and pulse until all ingredients are processed and well combined. Now, form mixture into small to medium sized meatballs, rolling them up quickly with your hands to ensure that everything sticks together well. Repeat until all mixture is used.

Add 1 Tbsp of grapeseed oil to a skillet on medium-high heat and add meatballs to heat until a nice brown crust forms on the cooked side, turning them over until all sides are brown. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Carefully add the meatballs to baking sheet and cover each meatball with the Spicy BBQ sauce fully. Let ‘meatballs’ bake for 8-10 minutes or until sauce has become a glaze over them and it is no longer wet.

To assemble, add your cooked polenta to a bowl, then top with vegan ‘meatballs’ and garnish with parsley or vegan parmesan. Enjoy!

Bon Appetite!

Chickpea + Quinoa 'Meatballs' + Polenta

Vegan Chickpea + Quinoa 'Meatballs' + Polenta

Vegan Chickpea + Quinoa 'Meatballs' + Polenta

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
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Ingredients

For Creamy Polenta:

  • 2 cups water OR organic veggie stock
  • 1 cup dry polenta grains
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (Use only a pinch of using veggie stock!)
  • 2 Tbsps vegan butter
  • 1 cup vegan 'cheese' shreds (I use So Delicious Shreds)

For 'Meatballs':

  • 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, drained + rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup vegan bread crumbs
  • flax 'egg' (See Notes)
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced small
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil, for cooking
  • diced parsley, for garnish
  • vegan parmesan, for garnish
  • Vegan Spicy BBQ sauce (See Notes)

Instructions

  • Begin by cooking your polenta in a medium pot of boiling water OR veggie stock (for extra flavor), whisking continuously as it begins to boil. Add a pinch of sea salt and reduce heat to low and simmer (covering the pot with a lid) for 25-30 minutes, whisking every 10 minutes until fully cooked through and thickened. Once desired consistency is met, add vegan butter and vegan 'cheese' and whisk everything together until creamy and everything has melted. Remove from heat and set aside (still covered with lid).
  • Next, combine the quinoa, chickpeas, garlic cloves, nutritional yeast, flax 'egg', bread crumbs, smoked paprika, dried parsley, sea salt + black pepper in a food processor and pulse until all ingredients are processed and well combined. Now, form mixture into small to medium sized meatballs, rolling them up quickly with your hands to ensure that everything sticks together well. Repeat until all mixture is used.
  • Add 1 Tbsp of grapeseed oil to a skillet on medium-high heat and add meatballs to heat until a nice brown crust forms on the cooked side, turning them over until all sides are brown. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Carefully add the meatballs to baking sheet and cover each meatball with the Spicy BBQ sauce fully. Let 'meatballs' bake for 8-10 minutes or until sauce has become a glaze over them and it is no longer wet.
  • To assemble, add your cooked polenta to a bowl, then top with vegan 'meatballs' and garnish with parsley or vegan parmesan. Enjoy!
  • Bon Appetite!

Tips & Tricks

Homemade Spicy BBQ Sauce: 15 oz. can of tomato sauce, 3/4 cups water, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsps sriracha sauce, 2 tsps ground mustard, 1/3 cup agave syrup, 2 Tbsps pure maple syrup, 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 Tbsp red pepper flakes, and 1 tsp smoked paprika.
**Whip together: Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat and whisk together until it begins to boil. Reduce heat to low-medium and let everything simmer for about 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Once thickened enough to desired consistency, remove from heat and let cool. Set aside until ready to use or store remainder in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.**
For Flax 'Egg': Combine 1 Tbsp ground flaxseeds + 3 Tbsps warm water and whisk until well combined. Let sit for 10 minutes.

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  1. Everything about this was soooooo good. Definitely my favorite vegan “meatball” recipe and will use it from here on out. Thanks!