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Vegan cuisine? That’s right… with soy meatballs!

Ideal as a main course or as starters at a party, soya meatballs are one of Vegan cookery’s most delicious dishes, as well as being healthy and easy to prepare.

Vegan cuisine, along with Vegan lifestyle, continues to grow in popularity. Compared with vegetarian cooking, a vegan diet excludes both meat and fish, as well as any kind of food derived from animals, such as eggs or dairy products.

Meatballs are one of the classic Italian recipes and are, of course, normally made with meat as their principal ingredient: an excellent way to reuse and recycle good food which has been left over from a previous meal.

If you want to try Vegan cooking, eating more healthily and lightly, soya meatballs demonstrate that you don’t have to abandon the delicious classic dishes of Italian tradition… this one prepared simply and quickly.

The ingredients needed for soya meatballs are:

  • 150 gr of thin textured soya
  • 1/2 litre of vegetal broth or water
  • Bread crumbs and soya milk
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • Red peppers
  • Ripe tomatoes
  • Garlic and parsley
  • Flour
  • Oil, salt and pepper

To start with, put the textured soya to soak for at least half an hour. You can soak in either water or vegetal broth, whichever you prefer. Once the soya has been rehydrated, rinse it well, to eliminate excess water. If necessary, use a clean, dry kitchen towel to absorb more liquid.

Add the soya milk to the breadcrumbs in a bowl or deep dish and then add this to the textured soya. You now have the base mixture to prepare your meatless meatballs. You now have the base mixture to prepare your meatless meatballs. Add some chopped garlic cloves and parsley, in the desired quantities.

 Knead all the ingredients together with your hands until you have a homogeneous mixture.

Now shape the balls… you can do this with a spoon, but your hands are the best of all implements.
Roll the balls in flour and fry them in preheated oil. When you remove them from the oil, place them on absorbent kitchen paper to eliminate excess oil.Chop the vegetables separately, add salt and pepper and stir-fry in a frying pan. Fry the onions and when they start to brown add the carrots, peppers and tomatoes. Once the vegetables are ready, add the soya balls and allow everything to cook on low heat for roughly 10 minutes.

Serve and… enjoy!!

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