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Vegan Eggplant Meatballs with Creamy Lemon dipping sauce.
What comes to mind when you think of meatballs? For me, I’m instantly transported back to my grandmother’s kitchen where we would eat dinner most Sundays when I was a little girl. With a last name like Caspero, Italian was always on the menu. It’s where I discovered my love for food, sitting at her counter where should would teach me how to shape gnocchi, give me sips of whatever sauce was simmering and guide me on rolling the perfect meatball.
Now that my diet is mostly plant-based, I’ve replaced her pork meatballs with my versions using mushrooms, chickpeas and now- eggplant. Meaty, tender, these vegan eggplant meatballs are delicious on their own as an appetizer or served as a main dish. To me, meatballs will always be shared food; whether you are passing a giant platter of pasta piled high with sauce-covered meatballs or serving these spiced Moroccan meatballs with a creamy lemon dipping sauce.
These meatballs are fairly easy to put together, but you will need a food processor to help break the ingredients down. I recommend cooking the eggplant in a little oil and water; this technique gives the eggplant flavor without weighing it down. Along with the white beans, the eggplant provides heft and a tender, meaty texture. Adding in a source of vitamin C, like the lemon juice, to the bean enhances iron absorption! Some research shows that pairing vitamin C with plant-based iron sources can increase iron uptake by 4-6x which is really impressive.
Meatballs aren’t meatballs without sauce, which is why we decided to serve these Moroccan meatballs with a creamy lemon sauce. When I’m making these meatballs for BL and I, I tend to add up to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to give them extra kick. Spicy meatballs make me want to dip into more of the cooling lemon sauce. If you’re not a fan of spice, then feel free to reduce the cayenne or omit it completely.
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Vegan Eggplant Meatballs with Creamy Lemon Sauce! Vegan eggplant meatballs served with a creamy lemon dipping sauce. Perfect as an appetizer, main dish or party food!
Vegan Eggplant Meatballs
Vegan Creamy Lemon Sauce
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