I’ve found out that millet is perfect for these vegetarian and gluten-free meatballs. You can cook millet completely, but it will be still deliciously crunchy. Just recently, I posted similar vegan recipe – Meatballs from quinoa. And because it came out really tasty, I was so excited to try some vegetarian alternative. So, today, let’s talk more about these Vegetarian Meatballs with tomato sauce.
My secret ingredient in this recipe is dry & fresh basil and pureè from cherry tomatoes. This pureè is sweeter and I love using it in the kitchen instead of classic tomato pureè. Meals taste differently, I find them more delicious. If you haven’t tried cherry tomato pureè yet, please do so! You will see the difference.
These vegetarian meatballs and Tomato Sauce are gluten-free and diary-free too. They are really easy to prepare and you only need basic ingredients. It’s great for lunch or dinner. Satiates you enough but you feel light and not overwhelmed by food.
Tomato sauce – my secrets
When I was a child, I never liked tomato sauce. It was the worst I could find on my plate. It didn’t have any taste and it was always sour. But I found out how I can cook tomato sauce much much better. My secret is to sautè onion, garlic and leeks. Leeks add to any dish just amazing taste. And a lot of dry basil. And another very important ingrediet, is the cherry tomato pureè. It’s sweeter (because cherry tomatoes are much sweeter than classic ones), yet without any added sugar. I always buy biological cherry peeled/purée tomatoes in a can or bottle , taking the one without any other ingredients added – which is minimally processed.
For the sauce, I didn’t use vegetable broth. I don’t have it always at home, so I only added a little bit of water. it’s ok because leeks, onion and garlic will give that taste I am aiming for. Surely, if you have broth at home, just use it instead of water. You will never go wrong.
This vegetarian meatballs with tomato sauce are:
- diary / lactose-free
- healthy and nutrient
- perfect for lunch or dinner
- very easy to make
- made with basic ingredients
Looking for more inspiration?
You can check some of my other recipes too. If you are looking for plant-based or vegan meals, I just recently posted a recipe for Vegan alternative meatballs, or check my first video recipe for Gluten-free Flatbreads, made with chickpea and buckwheat flour. They work perfectly with the Thyme hummus. Or if you love some sweet recipes, try these naturally sweetened gluten-free muffins. They are made with carrots and apple, dry dates and cashews. Super yummy. Or, check this amazing recipe for gluten-free lemon & poppyseed cake.
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