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Have you tried the plant based “meats” from Impossible? I don’t eat Impossible Meats often, however I like having a package of the Impossible burgers in the freezer, for an almost instant meal.
Recently I tried the Impossible Meatballs, while preparing a spread of healthy snack foods for Greg and our son Nate to graze on while they watched a program together. The plant based meatballs made an easy to make appetizer that even our non-vegan son enjoyed.
I’ve created several vegan meatball recipes, using frozen Impossible Meatballs as the base. Try these for a plant based appetizer or a quick meal.
Where to Purchase Impossible Meatballs
Look for Impossible Meatballs in the frozen foods section of the grocery store, where healthy meal alternatives are offered.
The package contains approximately 14 frozen plant based meatballs.
In the same section, you can typically find Impossible patties, Impossible breakfast sausages and Impossible “chicken” nuggets and strips. All of these products are vegan/ plant based.
Keep Impossible Meatballs in the freezer at home until ready to use. In fact, all the recipes I came up with use the meatballs frozen. No need to thaw them first. And, the meatballs are individually frozen. You can use all of them or select a few from the resealable bag.
Vegan Meatballs Appetizer
These plant based meatballs make an easy and delicious appetizer, ready in minutes using an instant pot.
In the instant pot, combine two packages of frozen Impossible Meatballs, 2 cups of sugar free grape preserves, 12 ounces of Heinz chili sauce and 1/4 cup of water. Stir to coat meatballs, cover instant pot and lock lid into place.
Cook for 6 minutes. Allow natural release. Keep meatballs on warm in instant pot or transfer to a crock pot and keep warm. Serve with long toothpicks on a platter if desired.
These slightly spicy vegan meatballs are wonderful with vegan charcuterie boards, veggie trays, hummus and chips, a fruit platter and an assortment of vegan cheeses and crackers.
Vegan Meatballs and Pasta
Another super simple recipe using Impossible Meatballs is to add them to your favorite spaghetti sauce, heat on the stove and serve with pasta.
I used a sugar free spaghetti sauce and gluten free pasta made from brown rice.
Combine half a package of frozen meatballs with a jar of spaghetti sauce and simmer, covered, while cooking the pasta.
When pasta is done, drain, plate and top with heated through meatballs and sauce. Serve immediately.
Barbeque Meatballs and Brown Rice
This equally quick recipe is my favorite.
Combine a package of frozen Impossible Meatballs, 1 cup of sugar free grape preserves, 1 cup of sugar free barbeque sauce and 1/2 cup of water in an instant pot. Stir to coat meatballs, cover and lock lid. Cook for 6 minutes. Allow natural release.
Serve over cooked brown rice. Add mixed veggies or a side salad.
I keep a container of cooked brown rice in the refrigerator, for quick meal prep. And I keep a bowl of chopped veggie salad in the fridge as well. I can have a meal ready in 15 minutes or less.
I’ve found the sauce ingredients can vary, with excellent results. For the latest batch of barbeque meatballs I used 1 cup of sugar free preserves, 1/2 cup of catsup and 2 teaspoons of mustard for the sauce. You can substitute a different flavor of jelly or cranberry sauce for the grape jelly.
I like a sauce that isn’t too sweet, that’s a bit tart and a bit spicy.
Try These Vegan Meatball Recipes
I practice a plant based lifestyle, avoiding animal products in my food, clothing, beauty products and life. And I follow the Blue Zones lifestyle, which discourages processed foods. Impossible meats DO fall under the processed foods category, which is why I use them sparingly.
They make a nice treat when I need a fast meal beyond a salad or a change of pace from beans and rice.
Have you tried Impossible Meatballs? Which of these recipes would you most enjoy?
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