20 Minute Meatless Meatball Recipe #BeyondMeat

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As a teenager, I hated eating meat. I was never a full-on vegetarian, but I chose meatless alternatives whenever I could. Ten years ago, the meatless alternatives were good, but not great. They tasted good, but I could almost always tell the difference.

I do eat meat, but prefer to only do so when it’s been treated humanely from start to finish. Meat like that isn’t always available, and so it’s nice to know that there are other options out there. I was invited to try BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles, a new-to-me meatless alternative, and it completely blew me away. It tasted just like the real thing- in fact, it had several things going for it:

-It’s meatless. Whether you’re a vegetarian or just want to vary your diet, BeyondMeat offers an alternative. Made with 100% Non-GMO pea protein, it’s a plant product.

-Anyone can enjoy it: it’s Gluten-free, Soy-free, and Kosher.

-It’s nutritious: A serving contains 10g of protein {the same as ground beef}, without cholesterol, saturated fat, or trans fat.

-It’s delicious: Whether you choose the beefy flavor {a hint of garlic and citrus} or the fiesty variety {a zesty blend for tacos or chili}, it is perfectly seasoned.

-It’s versatile: You can make burgers, tacos, lasagna- whatever you want! If it uses beef, you can use BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles.

I made “meat”balls using the BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles. Not only are these meatballs meat-free, but they aren’t even really meatballs. I had never made meatballs before, and the recipes that I found on Pinterest were intimidating. Most of them took over an hour and  required dirtying several dishes just to make tiny balls of meat. By using the BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles, I was able to cut that cooking time down to roughly 20 minutes- including prep and clean up.

20 Minute Meatless Meatball Recipe

Ingredients:

-1-2 tbsp coconut oil {enough to fill pan when melted}

-1 tbsp basil

-1 tsp oregano

-1 tsp rosemary

-1 package BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles {beefy flavor}

-4 tbsp tomato paste

-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

-1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs

-Olive oil spray

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees

-Melt coconut oil in a medium sized skillet

-Add spices and heat on medium for about a minute

-While spices are on the stove, warm your BeyondMeat crumbles in the microwave for about 40 seconds {I put them into a bowl but you could leave them in the bag}

-Add the Beef Crumbles to the skillet in a single layer

-Add the tomato paste and stir well, coating most of the “beef”

-Simmer for a minute or two on medium heat

-When “beef” is hot, add mozzarella and stir. The mozzarella should melt into the “meat” as you stir- if it doesn’t, allow to heat on medium until it does.

-When everything is mixed, add the breadcrumbs and mix one last time.

-Using an ice cream scoop, form balls of “meat” and place onto a foil-lined cookie sheet. {As they cool down, you may be able to use your hands to form more compact, round balls.}

-Lightly spray with olive oil to prevent burning and place on the middle rack in the oven for ten minutes.

-Allow to cool for a minute or two before removing from cookie sheet, serve with pasta of your choice, top with marinara and enjoy!

I served ours with zoodles {noodles made out of zucchini} because Justin doesn’t eat pasta, and because it seemed fitting to replace our pasta with veggies since we were doing the same with our meat.

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What recipe would you try first with BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles?

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Comments

  1. CR Williams says:

    I have to try this hopefully my hubby would like this.

  2. I am looking forward to trying Beyond Meat, this is the perfect recipe! I tried making my own seitan, it was a lot of work, this is easy and looks delish!

  3. Karen Glatt says:

    I never heard of BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles {beefy flavor} before, so I looked it up to see what store by me sells it and Safeway does. I really like your Meatless Meatball recipe. I like to have a vegetarian meal once or twice a week. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  4. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    sounds like a delicious recipe!

  5. I would love to try these meatballs I’ve never had meatless meatballs but they sound delicious.
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  6. Cynthia R says:

    I will definitely mention this to my girlfriend who is a vegetarian, I’m so glad there are more alternatives out there.

  7. RICHARD HICKS says:

    I would like to try these one day. Very short preparation time and it looks great!

  8. I’d use them in sloppy joes. I remember what the meatless products used to taste like 20 years ago and haven’t tried them in a long time. I will now. Thanks.

  9. Holy smokes Shell these meatballs are professional! This is actually one of our most frequently asked recipe questions – “Can I make meatballs with them?”

    Well not only have you done an amazing job but you did it in 20 minutes flat! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with your fans and we can’t wait to see what other delicious adventures you have coming up!
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  10. I have got to try these they sounds super good and really healthy.

  11. Arena Thompson says:

    I love this recipe, we do meatless a lot because I had my gallbladder out earlier this year so high fat food is not a wise decision. Going to look for these at my local store!!

  12. James Robert says:

    Can’t say I have heard of Beyond Meat but this looks incredible

  13. I am definitely not the biggest meat fan, especially when it comes to red meat over poultry. I would love to try Beyond Meat in our tacos or casseroles.
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