Friday, January 13, 2012

Spaghetti and Beet Balls

We made this a loooong time ago but never got around to posting it! We made this dinner for our little sister's birthday. Our sister is the type to eat an entire pot of kraft dinner (we couldn't be more different). So we decided on something carby and rich: Classic Spaghetti and Meat Balls. Of course we had to make it vegan and gluten free, but she still liked it! This is a good ol' family meal for veggies and meat-eaters alike.

2 beets, grated (or 4 small ones)
1 can of adzuki beans
1 1/2 cups cooked red quinoa
1/3 cup oat flour
3 tbsp tamari
liberal salt and pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
chopped parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
Liquid smoke (optional)

Dump beans into mixing bowl and mash dramatically with a potato masher until thick and...mashy. Add in remaining ingredients and mix well. Roll into balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes in 350F oven. Serve with rice pasta and spaghetti sauce!



really great

Oh how I've missed good ol' spaghetti and meat balls. Beet and quinoa are a waaaay healthier meat substitute to things like seitan and tvp. Plus they end up a nice purpl-y pink colour.

We submitted this recipe to Ricki's Wellness Weekends! Check it out.


  1. i love the beet quinoa together! i'm gonna try making this! that's so awesome that u make vegan gf food for your family. i never do that~~!

  2. Great idea--I love all the ingredients in these beet balls! And of course I love using veggies in faux meats. This would be such a great recipe for Wellness Weekend (event on my blog)--I hope you'll consider joining in! :)

  3. Are the beets grated raw? Do you think I could use a different type of bean, like black beans? Recipe looks delicious!

  4. Wonderful idea! Just adore beets but I always have to change clothes prior to using them!

  5. so good!! I made this for dinner for my meat eater husband and he LOVEd it!!

  6. So delicious! And my toddler loved it (didn't even want to eat the pasta)! Thanks for a great recipe.