If you love meatless meatballs then you've come to the right place. Our newest invention, amaranth meatballs are the perfect vegan alternative for when you want something nutritious and high in protein, as well as super yummy. What's best is that these meatless balls are super easy to make.
We love our amaranth balls served in a hot dog bun, topped with fresh veggies and a bit of condiment (like mustard, yum!). They are perfect for lunch or even a party with family and friends. And when it comes to parties, you know I love making awesome vegan food. Not long ago I put together this awesome BBQ vegan steak, Texan brisket, vegan sausages and delicious mango salsa. Oh, and don't forget to check out the corn ribs I made yesterday!
What are amaranth meat(less) balls
Amaranth is a seed native to Mexico and Central America. In pre-Hispanic times, Amaranth was cultivated by the Aztecs. The interest in the grain was revived in the 1970s when it became known for its high protein, healthy properties. Amaranth is easy to cook and it is a symbol of the indigenous cultures. It's a popular snack in Mexico where it's used in foods or chocolate.
Amaranth is now widely spread in North America and Europe.
Since we love the texture of amaranth we thought it would be a great idea to create some delicious meatballs from them. Super high in protein, they taste fantastic when mixed with the right ingredients. Besides, they are healthy, nutritious and very filling.
Amaranth is entirely vegan and a great meat substitute.
How to make amaranth meatballs
It's super easy to make amaranth meatballs. You will need to start by cooking 1 cup of amaranth according to the pack instructions. You can also cook the amaranth in advance if you prefer.
While the amaranth is cooking, mix 2 tbsp of flaxseed with 4 tbsp of water and set aside. This will be like an egg replacement and will help your amaranth balls bind together.
Fry a chopped onion in a little olive oil until translucent. Add 3 chopped garlic cloves and fry for another minute or so.
In a mixing bowl, add the cooked amaranth, the flaxseed mixture, the onion and garlic. Now add 7 tbsp of flour, 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 2 tbsp of fresh herbs. You can use parsley or coriander or a mixture of both. Add 2 tbsp nutritional yeast and salt and pepper to taste. Mix with a wooden spoon.
Your mixture should feel sticky but easy to handle with your hands. It should stick to your hands too much. If it does, add a little more flour to the mixture.
When ready, make small meatballs and fry them in a little olive oil until crispy and golden on both sides.
Serve the meatless balls in a hot dog bun with fresh veggies and condiments of your choice.
This recipe has been developed entirely by Yuzu Bakes. Any resemblance with other recipes is purely coincidental.