I have been on a roll with these cauliflower ‘meatballs.’ This recipe was inspired by May I Have That Recipe and I am all-in. Next up will be little appy size meatballs with a toothpick and a side of Romanesco sauce. Stay tuned!
2 cups cauliflower rice
1 cup cooked quinoa, room temperature
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh chopped herbs (cilantro, basil, parsley)
1/2 cup gluten-free or paleo flour
2 eggs, beaten*
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ organic Ceylon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon smoked Spanish-style paprika
1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil (to brown the meatless cauliflower balls)
*To make these meatless meatballs vegan, replace each egg for 1 tbsp ground flax seeds + 3 tbsp water. Mix ground flax and water well and let sit for 5 minutes before adding to mixture.
Recipe adapted from: May I Have That Recipe: https://mayihavethatrecipe.com/cauliflower-quinoa-meatless-meatballs-coconut-turmeric-sauce/
COCONUT CURRY SAUCE
1 package (5 to 6 medium to large) shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans
1 to 2 (15 oz) cans full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup English peas, preferably fresh, though frozen work, too
1” fresh ginger root, grated
Several shakes of curry powder
Optional: 1 cup vegetable broth, water, or an additional cup of coconut milk
Handful of baby greens (spinach, chard, kale)
Chopped fresh cilantro for garnish
Sliced lemon or lime for garnish
1. Combine all the meatball ingredients (except for the oil to brown the meatballs) in a large bowl. Set aside.
3. Prepare the sauce: In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon olive or coconut oil over medium-low heat. Add the ginger and cook over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add one can of coconut milk, shiitakes, garbanzo beans, curry powder, and Aleppo pepper. Heat over medium-high heat and then lower to a simmer.
4. Prepare the meatballs: form evenly sized balls, and arrange in a single on a parchment-lined baking sheet. For larger meatballs, the yield will be 12 to 15 balls. For smaller meatballs, the yield is 20 to 22.
5. Brown the meatballs, heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat, and working in batches, place the meatballs in a single layer with an inch between each meatball. Cook over medium heat, 2-3 minutes per side, the larger may require 1 to 2 minutes longer.
6. To Serve: Divide the vegetables and sauce amongst the bowls, and top with the ‘meatballs.’ Garnish with cilantro and sliced lemon or lime.