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vegan meatballs, aubergine balls

Vegan 'meatballs' - Aubiballs

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 4
Calories 378.87 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Aubiballs

  • 2 Tablespoon flaxseeds ground
  • 60 ml ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced or finely chopped
  • 1 aubergine eggplant , peeled and finely diced
  • 15 gram ⅔ cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 30 gram ½ cup nutritional yeast
  • 125 gram 1 + ⅓ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme or rosemary, or a mixture
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt

For the fresh tomato sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano or you can use thyme / rosemary
  • 4 - 5 to matoes peeled and chopped (keep their juice)
  • 1 Tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Instructions
 

For the Aubiballs

  • First mix the ground flaxseed with the water and let it rest for minimum 10 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 190C.
  • Meanwhile heat the oil in a frying pan, and add the onion with a pinch of salt. Sauté for approx. 5 minutes until translucent.
  • After 5 minutes stir in the garlic for another minute.
  • Add all your diced aubergine and cook for approx. 10 - 15 minutes (covered), until the aubergine are soft. Leave to cool.
  • In a bowl mix the parsley, nutritional yeast, breadcrumbs, seasoning and salt.
  • Add the aubergine mixture and the flaxseeds mixture.
  • Mix it all well together with your hands, and start forming small balls.
  • Place the balls on baking paper on your roasting tray, drizzle a little olive oil over them, and bake for 30 minutes, occasionally turning the balls.

For the tomato sauce

  • Heat the oil in a pan.
  • Sauté the onion for approx. 5 minutes and add the garlic for another minute.
  • Add your choice of herbs and stir in all the diced tomatoes with their juice, let them cook, covered, for 7 - 8 minutes.
  • Add the sherry vinegar and season with salt and pepper to liking.
  • If you like your tomato sauce smooth, than blend it with a stick blender (immersion blender). And you can even choose to sieve it. If you prefer your sauce more rustic just leave it as it is.

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Notes

If you like your tomato sauce sweetened, you can add some sugar, or agave syrup. I personally always like it without sweetener. You can choose to add a spoonful of tomato puree which will give it a richer colour, and it will add sweetness to your sauce.
You can pretty much use any of the following herbs;
  • marjoram
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • basil
  • rosemary
  • sage
Same for the Aubiballs, you can change the herbs to your personal liking. It is okay to 'over'season the balls, as the final result will be a lot milder than your first mixture might seem.
The sauce and the balls can be made in advance and be reheated when ready to use.