We love meatballs, I make them quite often in my home. I always used Breadcrumbs in my recipe until recently I learned about Nutritional Yeast. OMG, what a life changer! Now I can enjoy my meatballs and not feel guilty about eating the bread crumbs 🙂
In case you are wondering what Nutritional Yeast is (I know you are because I was too) It is yellow in color and with a nutty cheesy flavor, nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast that is a favorite amongst many vegans because of its unique flavor and similarity to cheese when added to foods (Bon Appetit even calls it “nature’s Cheeto dust” – it’s that cheesy and that good). Sprinkle some on hot popcorn or garlic bread, or add a generous spoonful to a stir fry or pasta sauce. Nutritional yeast is also the only reliable food source of vitamin B12, so if you’re vegan, it’s a good idea to add some to your food regularly.
So hello, why wouldn’t I give it a shot!!! And guess what it tastes amazing!!! My family didn’t even notice the difference! So here is my super simple recipe that I do 🙂
Ingredients (Makes about 12 meatballs)
- 1 lb. ground turkey (or ground meat of choice – pork, beef or lamb would be great too)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/3 cup diced onion
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. basil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- 1/4 cup of chopped mushrooms (optional)
- 1/4 cup of celery (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with tinfoil and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, nutritional yeast, oregano, basil, salt and pepper and set aside.
3. Add onion to ground beef mixture and mix to combine.
4. Use your hands to roll turkey mixture into 12 golf-ball-sized balls and place on the baking sheet.
6. Bake for 20 minutes – flipping halfway through.
7. Serve with tomato sauce and pasta (I like to eat them by them selves with a side of veggies)