Chickpea Meatballs + Zoodle Marinara Recipe

Being Italian means that spaghetti and meatballs is basically in my blood lol, but since going vegetarian and really focusing on my diet/health I’ve been searching for alternatives. I have a recipe for Black Bean Burgers that I love so I decided to adapt that recipe for these chickpea meatballs. They’re super easy to make, kinda taste like tacos, are healthy and a good alternative if you’re vegetarian.

What You’ll Need: 

I use all organic foods, but feel free to use which ever kind you like.

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup of ground flax seed meal
  • Zoodles (you can buy a zucchini and do this with a vegetable spiralizer as well)
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Any spices you’d like to add to the chickpeas (for this, I didn’t add any, it depends on my mood)

What To Do:

  1. Open your can of chickpeas, drain and rinse.
  2. Pour chickpeas into a bowl and begin mashing with a fork.
  3. Once fully mashed, add in your 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed.
  4. Mix throughly and begin forming your meatball shape (if too much flaxseed go ahead and add 1-2 tablespoons of water, you want the mixture to be hard, but able to form and stay in shape).
  5. Spray a pan with coconut oil or any cooking oil you like and begin cooking your chickpea meatballs (they are very fragile so be careful when turning them over, they will break a tiny bit).
  6. Once the meatballs are done, open up your zoodles and place into a bowl with your marinara sauce. Heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes (zucchini is fine in the microwave for 30 seconds, it depends how hot you like your food and sauce to be).
  7. Throw everything into a bowl and enjoy!

These chickpea meatballs are so amazing! Definitely don’t taste anything like regular Italian meatballs, but for me they do the job. I highly recommend at least giving these a try. They’re super easy to make and require little service! Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy this recipe!


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  1. Lauren Cecora
    January 16, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Yumm!! THis looks delicious! Im going to put this on my meal planner list for next week!

    • January 16, 2018 / 4:41 pm

      They are! You can really customize them to your style as well with any spices or sauce you like! Enjoy them(:

  2. meghollis
    January 16, 2018 / 4:12 pm

    Oh wow! This sounds amazing! Can’t wait to make this myself.

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