Meatless Monday; Marvelous “Meatballs”

Long before I became a raw Foodist, I loved grilling portabella mushrooms with seasonings in place of steak. I smothered them with grilled onions and the flavor and texture where just wonderful substitutes for meat when my family wanted steaks for dinner. When I began converting to a mostly raw food diet, I started looking for ways to replace some of my old favorites. Spaghetti and Meatballs is one of my favorite comfort foods. Something about sharing a good Italian meal makes everyone you’re sharing it with feel like family. Searching the internet for raw vegan meatballs was met with disappointment on my part. I found most recipes where not much more than ground nuts with spices. I wanted something heartier, more ‘meaty’. This recipe incorporates the use of portabella to give it that ‘meaty’ texture I was looking for the same way I used to use portabella’s in place of steak. I came up with this recipe based on ideas from several sites I searched through Google but I can’t give credit to any one in particular, nor can I take complete credit myself. Enjoy!

Marvelous “Meatballs”

  • Ingredients
  • 2 c portabella mushrooms
  • 1 t Fresh rosemary
  • 1 t Fresh thyme
  • 1 t Fresh oregano
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 2 t Nama Shoyu
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 ½ c Walnuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 T flax meal
  • 1 T Olive oil
  • Sea Salt to taste

Chop the mushrooms and transfer to a bowl. Grind your fresh herbs. Add the ground herbs, onion powder, 3 cloves of minced garlic, soy sauce, and olive oil to the chopped up mushrooms. Stir together and set aside for about an hour to marinate. Place walnuts in a pint jar or small dish and cover with cold water. Set aside to soak for an hour and then drain. Now put the mushroom mixture, the walnuts (drained), and the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse until ingredients resemble a raw meatball sort of texture. Roll into 1” meatballs and cook in a dehydrator at 110* for 5-6 hours. This recipe will yield about 28-30 meatballs and can be frozen for future use.

*Note – In my opinion, fresh herbs are essential to the success of this recipe. Cheers!


One response to “Meatless Monday; Marvelous “Meatballs”

  1. I am literally salivating thinking about what these will taste like!

    Mrs. G.

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