When I think of spaghetti with meat balls, the first thing that comes to my mind is the meat ball scene in the Disney’s classic ” Lady and the Tramp” when Tramp takes out his Lady for a romantic dinner. I used to love this movie when I was a kid and I still remember how mad I got at the two Siamese cats for bringing Lady into trouble. Isn’t it just awesome being a kid? I quite often make bean burgers, but yesterday I used the recipe to make a vegan version of this classic American-Italian dinner: Spaghetti with bean balls. Spaghetti is one of my favorite foods and I could eat it at least once or twice a week, so I really enjoyed this easy Italian dinner.
The vegan bean balls are also great just by themselves with a green salad and some dips such as guacamole or hummus. Or you could also use them to make wraps. They’re really easy to make. All you need is a can of kidney beans, 1/3 cup sunflower seeds (they’re super healthy and contain significant amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and selenium), 1/2 cup rolled oats, garlic, half an onion, and some spices. For the sauce I used tomatoes, red wine, an onion, garlic, and a carrot.
But of course, you can get all creative and also use any other kind of veggies to make the marinara sauce even chunkier. Oh, and don’t forget to top it all off with vegan cashew Parmesan. I really can’t get enough of it and I’m using it on almost everything these days.
What’s your favorite childhood movie? As always, I love hearing from you guys and hope you have an awesome week! :-) If you make the vegan spaghetti with bean balls, I would be so happy to hear how you liked them!