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Spaghetti and Veggie Meatballs {Gluten Free}

Gluten free spaghetti and veggie meatballs makes a quick and nutritious dinner the whole family will love!

I’m always looking for ways to sneak extra nutrients into my family’s diets so that we can be as healthy as possible. When life gets busy though, it can get harder to find the time to prepare nutritious meals; and let’s be honest, between toddler schedules, school, after-school activities and work schedules that happens a lot.

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This post is sponsored by Hilary’s Eat Well. All opinions are my own. 

Over the years, I have developed a love for making meals that freeze well for future dinners, and I have been fortunate to find some prepared foods that are major time savers and don’t compromise my family’s nutrition. Hilary’s Eat Well is a perfect example of this. They make certified gluten free and top 8 allergen free vegan burgers, medleys, breakfast sausage and bites that are FULL of healthy ingredients and packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Oh, and did I mention they’re delicious, because they really are.

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I love how Hilary’s product packaging says “Eating well made easy” because it’s totally true. I can’t tell you how many times it seems like the only “fast food” option is unhealthy, but in their case I can have a healthy meal on the table in minutes. Today I’m going to share a recipe with you for Spaghetti and Veggie Meatballs that’s made with their World’s Best Veggie Burger.

Spaghetti dinners are a winner in our house, and I love how meatballs are so versatile. They go well by themselves at lunch or dinner, with gluten free buddha bowls, or with pasta. Making a quality meatball can take time though, so when I discovered that I could turn the veggie burgers that my kids already love into meatballs I was ecstatic. The results were totally delicious and they’re so so easy to make!

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Vitamins and the Gluten Free Diet

Before I share the simple recipe, I’d like to touch on vitamin intake briefly. Did you know that the standard gluten free diet can lacks essential vitamins since gluten-filled foods are often fortified? You can learn more about that in my post about Vitamin Deficiencies and the Gluten Free Diet, but my personal philosophy is to get these vitamins by eating whole foods. These World’s Best Veggie Burgers help me accomplish that as they’re good sources of thiamin, folate, magnesium, and iron as well as many other vitamins.

Spaghetti and Veggie Meatballs Recipe {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, nut free and soy free. It makes 18 meat balls, which is equivalent to 5 servings for kids or three servings for adults.

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Spaghetti and Veggie Meat Balls

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, nut free and soy free. It makes 18 veggie meatballs, which is equivalent to five servings for kids or three servings for adults.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 257 kcal
Author Jereann Zann - Celiac Mama

Ingredients

Veggie Meatballs

  • 2 Hilary's Eat Well World's Best Veggie Burgers
  • 2 eggs
  • Coarse sea salt to taste

Spaghetti Sauce

  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Spaghetti

  • 4 cups of gluten free pasta or vegetable noodles

Instructions

Veggie Meatballs

  1. Let the veggie burgers defrost completely at room temperature.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Add the defrosted veggie burgers to a blender or use your hands to break them down until their finely crumbled.
  4. Transfer the veggie burger crumbles to a bowl and add two eggs.
  5. Mix with a fork until well combined and evenly coated.
  6. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  7. Using your hands, form small balls with the veggie meat ball mixture and add them to the parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat until finished, should make about 18 meat balls.
  8. Sprinkle the tops with coarse sea salt.
  9. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven, turn the veggie meat balls over and cook for 10 more minutes.
  11. Once the sauce is finished, add the meatballs to the pan for 3 minutes so that they can soak up some of the tomato sauce.

Spaghetti Sauce:

  1. Add all sauce ingredients to a medium pan and bring to a boil on medium heat.
  2. Once it reaches a boil, cover and reduce the heat to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes while the veggie meatballs are cooking in the oven.

Spaghetti:

  1. Cook the spaghetti while the sauce is simmering and follow instructions depending on the type of pasta you're using.

Recipe Notes

These veggie meat balls can also be enjoyed by themselves, or they go quite well with hummus and yogurt sauces.

Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti and Veggie Meat Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 236mg 10%
Potassium 132mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 18%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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