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20 Delicious And Healthy Veggie Balls Recipes

20 Delicious And Healthy Veggie Balls Recipes

Whether you are a vegetarian for life or a “Meatless Monday” follower, vegetarian balls are a very popular and versatile healthy option to include in your diet. You can snack on them, or have them for lunch or dinner with a salad, pasta, or rice. Almost every culture and cuisine has recipes of some form of meatballs or their vegetarian equivalent. They travel well, so they are great for lunch boxes and a great way to include more vegetables in your child’s diet.

Veggie balls are nutritious, satisfying, and delectable. These tasty and easy recipes (below) will not disappoint anyone — even meat-lovers.

1. Vegan Swedish Meat(less)balls with Gravy

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    Serve this vegan recreation of a classic with lingonberry jam for a Nordic treat. Nutmeg and cardamom give this dish its distinct round and flavorful taste.

    2. Lentil-Bulgur Meatballs Recipe

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      These wholesome veggie balls are made with bulghar wheat and red lentils.

      3. Malai Kofta

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        Fancy a curry? You’ll find many varieties of veggie balls in Indian cuisine. They are called “Koftas”. This dish of vegetable dumplings in a rich curry sauce is fit for a king!

        4. Vegan Aubergine ‘Meatballs’

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          Aubergines are a great substitute for meat in these veggie balls.

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          5. Carrot Cake Balls

          Vegan Carrot Cake Balls

            Can dessert be delicious and healthy? Try these low fat and gluten free energy bites for a quick healthy snack.

            6. Veg Manchurian 

            Vegetable Manchurian

              More and more vegetarians are turning to the vast repertoire of Indian cuisine for delicious recipes. For those of you unfamiliar with Indian Chinese cuisine, this one may strike you as rather unusual. But if you like flavoursome and spicy Indian street food, I promise you this will be a revelation. This Indian concoction is made combining Chinese style of cooking with everyday Indian ingredients.

              7. Healthy Zucchini Falafels

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                These are made with wonderful zucchini and are not deep-fried. An interesting piece of equipment makes these a healthier option.

                8. Broccoli Parmesan balls

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                  The secret ingredient that adds texture to these delightful bites is ground almonds. Serve with a dip of marinara sauce.

                  9. Vegan Greek Keftedes

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                  Keftedes

                    This vegetarian version of the traditional Greek delicacy doesn’t disappoint. Serve them with a Greek Salad and Tzatziki, as part of a Greek meze. Bake them for a healthier version.

                    10. Vegetarian meatballs from Daniel Holzman

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                      This recipe comes from the chef and owner of The Meatball Shop on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Coming from a restauranteur specialising in meatballs, this is a must try recipe!

                      11. Italian Wedding Soup with Veggie Balls

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                        Vegetarian Giro d’Italia is just like Nonna used to make them, but with vegetables instead of meat.

                        12. Spinach and Ricotta Vegetarian Meatballs

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                          These flavoursome light faux meatballs will satisfy those meat cravings, while sticking to your vegetarian diet. Buono apetito!

                          13. Lentil Meatballs with Indian Fenugreek Sauce

                          Lentil Meatballs in Fenugreek Sauce

                            Looking for a healthy show-stopping meal for entertaining friends? Try these black caviar lentil veggie balls, with a gorgeous coconut and fenugreek leaves sauce, adding complex flavor notes.

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                            14. Sweet Potato & Kale Balls

                            Sweet Potato Kale Balls

                              This super food rich veggie ball recipe can be served cold or warm

                              15. Baked Mushroom Arancini (Risotto Balls)

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                                How can you re-purpose leftover risotto? Try these with Romano cheese and herbs….Yum!

                                16. Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls

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                                  Who doesn’t love a healthy yummy sweet treat? If you love lemon bars, here’s a healthy alternative to enjoy with your evening Cup-O’-Joe.

                                  17. Vegetable Balls

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                                    Serve these on cocktails sticks for a simple yet impressive party appetizer.

                                    18. Spaghetti and Vegetarian Meatballs

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                                      Do you love Quinoa? These mushroom and quinoa balls are shallow fried to ensure crispness.

                                      Handy tip: Use an ice cream scoop to ensure same-sized balls.

                                      19. Cheese and Vegetable Quinoa Bites

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                                        These baked veggie bites are versatile and can be made with whatever vegetables you have in your fridge.

                                        20. Roasted Red Pepper and Red Bean “Meatballs”(Meatless Monday)

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                                          Roasted red peppers and kidney beans mimic not only the color, but also the meaty taste too. You will be surprised!

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                                          Last Updated on June 24, 2019

                                          15 Easy-to-Make Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Nights

                                          15 Easy-to-Make Crockpot Freezer Meals for Busy Nights

                                          You work all day, and you come home exhausted and hungry. Naturally, the last thing you want to do is to spend hours in the kitchen cooking dinner. If you love cooking, but your busy schedule doesn’t allow you to cook every night, you can simplify your life by making crockpot freezer meals. These meals will allow you to still eat homemade, healthy, filling dinners without the countless hours and enormous effort spent in the kitchen. You can store the simple ingredients in freezer bags and put them in the crockpot when it is time for dinner, or you can cook over the weekend and stock your freezer with delicious ready meals that will make your life easier. Here are 15 easy-to-make recipes to make delicious dinners for busy nights!

                                          1. Cheesy Tortellini With Ground Beef

                                          Cheesy tortellini with ground beef

                                            This is a perfect crockpot freezer meal that even your kids will love. The best thing of all is that it’s incredibly easy to prepare. All you have to do is crumble some ground beef and combine all the recipe’s ingredients in your crockpot. The other ingredients needed for this super delicious meal include tomatoes, herbs, and onions. Tortellini is one of the most commonly ordered meals when eating out, but this way you will get to eat a homemade, healthier version of the popular dish. Find the recipe here.

                                            2. Cranberry Pork Roast

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                                              Cranberry pork roast is a gluten-free meal that everyone can make, regardless of their culinary skills. The dish requires only these few ingredients: onion, cranberry sauce, bone-in pork shoulder, and honey. To prepare this mouthwatering dish, simply combine all the ingredients together in the crockpot and let them cook. If you don’t like pork or if you prefer not to eat it, you can easily use beef as a substitute without impacting the flavor. Click here to see the recipe.

                                              3. Greens and Beans

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                                                Greens and beans are the ideal dishes if you want a dish that is both delicious and nutrient-dense. Combine vegetable broth with beans, garlic, kale, escalore, and Parmesan, and let cook. The result will be a dish with a soup-like consistency that will fill you up and provide you with a lot of vitamins and minerals.

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                                                As a bonus, if you or someone else in your family suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or some other common types of arthritis, greens and beans can reduce the inflammation. That’s because kale and other veggies rich in Vitamin K are anti-inflammatory and are known for relieving arthritis. Click here and start cooking!

                                                4. Chicken Curry

                                                Chicken curry

                                                  That is yet another gluten-free recipe that you’ll love to make. Chicken curry requires basic ingredients such as tomato paste, coconut milk, honey, onions, and garlic, in addition to chicken and curry of course.The result is a sweet and spicy dish where different flavors are perfectly balanced. Find the recipe here.

                                                  5. Honey Sesame Chicken

                                                  Honey sesame chicken

                                                    Honey sesame chicken is a simple and effortless dish that delivers an amazing taste. To make this wonderful recipe, you have to combine all the ingredients except for the sesame seeds and green onions and let them cook. Use the sesame seeds and green onions for garnish when serving. Click here for the full recipe.

                                                    6. Mushroom Spinach Stroganoff

                                                    Mushroom spinach stroganoff

                                                      In this warm weather, many people opt to eat lighter food that is easy on the stomach. Mushroom spinach stroganoff fits the bill being a vegetable version of a famous comfort food that you and your family will love. The dish requires simple ingredients such as sour cream, onion, garlic, ketchup, vegetables, and mushrooms. This dish is very simple to make, and thanks to your crockpot, you won’t have much work to do. Find the recipe here.

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                                                      7. Stuffed Peppers

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                                                        If you’re looking for a healthy, simple, and delicious recipe, you’ll love this one! These crockpot stuffed peppers are easy to make, and they require only a few ingredients such as ground turkey or beef, onion, garlic, bell peppers, and pasta sauce. This meal will remind you of grandma’s kitchen. You can find the recipe here.

                                                        8. Cilantro and Lime Chicken

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                                                          Summer is the perfect season to experiment with more exotic flavors, and this meal can help you do just that. To make cilantro and lime chicken, you will need to combine some simple ingredients such as lime, jalapeno peppers, fresh cilantro, and salsa. The result is chicken that is super tender and that you’ll want to make over and over again, so get the recipe here.

                                                          9. Beef Fajitas

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                                                            This is an excellent meal for busy weeknights. The best thing about this recipe is that the required ingredients are probably already there in your kitchen. The recipe is also quite simple — combine all the items in a crockpot, cover, and let cook.

                                                            The result will be beef and peppers that melt in your mouth. You can easily pair this beef fajita with rice and tortillas and get a meal that the entire family will love. You can find the recipe for this delicious beef fajita here.

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                                                            10. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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                                                              Asian chicken lettuce wraps are sweet, slightly salty and very easy to make. All you need to do is add the chicken, red bell pepper, carrots, soy sauce, honey, garlic and the other ingredients to your crockpot and let them cook. You can also replace the chicken with beef or turkey if you like. The presence of different flavors gives this meal a summer flavor you are sure to love. Learn how to make this meal here.

                                                              11. Hawaiian Chicken

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                                                                This dish enjoys phenomenal exotic tones due to pineapple and lemon flavors. To make this yummy crockpot freezer meal, you need skinless chicken breasts, peppers, ginger and corn starch, in addition to the iconic pineapple and lemon. Learn how to make this perfect summer dinner here.

                                                                12. Beef and Barley Stew

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                                                                  Beef and barley stew is as healthy as it is delicious. Not to mention it’s incredibly easy to make. Besides the beef and barley, you’ll also need carrots, peppers, herbs and beef broth. The result will be a mouthwatering stew that you can serve alone or over white rice. Get the recipe here.

                                                                  13. Meatball Soup

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                                                                  Meatball soup

                                                                    This soup is very delicious, easy to make and quite versatile. You will be able to swap ingredients and experiment to find your perfect combination. To make this meatball soup, you will need to combine meatballs with pasta sauce, chicken broth, carrots, beans, zucchini, and onion. You can view the recipe here.

                                                                    14. Turkey Black Bean Chili

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                                                                      Everybody loves chili and for good reason — it’s very delicious, and it’s a perfect combination of different flavors that balance each other out. To make this chili, you’ll need ground turkey, tomato sauce, black beans, paprika, frozen corns, and a few other ingredients. You can get the full recipe here and have this delicious dish ready when you come back from work on those busy nights.

                                                                      15. Ham and Pinto Bean Soup

                                                                      Ham and pinto bean soup

                                                                        What makes soups special is the fact they’re tasty, healthy and filling at the same time. This soup is no exception. The best quality of this ham and pinto bean soup, however, is its simplicity; it requires only five ingredients: ham, beans, ketchup, salt, and water. Learn how to make this soup here.

                                                                        Conclusion

                                                                        With a demanding work week and a busy schedule, it’s normal to have a low energy level by the time you get home. If you don’t feel like standing in the kitchen and cooking dinner due to this, you don’t have to resort to junk food. These freezer crockpot meals offer you the perfect solution for healthy meals that require minimal preparation. You can either combine each recipe’s ingredients in a freezer bag to be thawed and cooked in a few minutes, or you can cook your meal and freeze it to be used later, it’s up to you.

                                                                        This article showed you 15 easy and simple recipes that you can make using your crockpot. All of these recipes contain anti-inflammatory foods whether it is in the form of vegetable, herbs or spices to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

                                                                        Featured photo credit: Google via bettycrocker.com

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