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Zesty Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

Zesty Vegetarian Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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"These meatballs use pecan meal as a meat replacement. They are so good, you don't even miss the meat! This recipe does have eggs and cheese in it, so it is not quite vegan. But those items can be substituted to make it so. The ingredients may sound funny, but the result is amazing! The sauce is very zesty so if you don't want it to be too strong cut down on the vinegar some."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    50 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch rectangular baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Mix the ground pecans, eggs, Colby-Jack cheese, minced onion, Italian seasoning, cornflake crumbs, and salt in a bowl until thoroughly combined. Add another egg if mixture isn't holding together. Shape the mixture into balls, and place into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and set, about 45 minutes.
  4. Mix together the vegetable oil, vinegar, ketchup, grated onion, apricot jam, and oregano together in a bowl until smooth; pour the sauce over the baked pecan balls, and return to oven until the sauce is bubbling, 5 to 10 more minutes.
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Jul 16, 2011

These are crazy good. The meatballs and the sauce are outstanding. I thought the batter was much too soft, so i added an extra 1/4 cup of cornflakes. It was still too soft and the balls all "melted" together when I baked them so it turned out more like meatloaf but so delicious. Maybe next time I will use 1 1/2 cup of cornflakes, or only 4 eggs. I used a lot more onion and replaced about 1/2 cup shredded cheese with cottage cheese. I also added the sauce after about 25min so it would cook longer. I wouldn't cook it more than 40min next time, since it was a bit dry at 50min. This is similar to the vegetarian sweet and sour meatballs but uses cornflakes and your own seasoning instead of breadcrumbs. They are both delicious and very similar but I prefer to use the organic cornflakes cereal instead of seasoned breadcrumbs which is often filled with unhealthy ingredients. Next I will try them in a tomato sauce. Can't wait to make them again!!

Apr 02, 2014

I actually posted this recipe. I just wanted to point out that if you exchange the cheese with cottage cheese it will add a lot of moisture and will definitely make it too soft. You can replace the cheese with crumbled tofu and that works really well. Freeze the tofu first because it changes the texture a bit. Then make sure you squeeze out the excess liquid from the tofu before crumbling it and adding it to the recipe. Lastly I have since made this recipe by exchanging the oil for water (there's already enough fats from the nuts) and didn't really notice a difference. So that's a good option too.


6 Ratings

Oct 18, 2011

Made this last night the only change was to make into 4 small loaves. It was very good will make again. Will probably omit the vegatable oil I dont think it will make a difference.

Jan 01, 2015

These are amazingly good! I avoid eggs when possible so substituted 2 tablespoons corn starch and 2 tablespoons water mixed together for each egg and the consistency was perfect! Don't think it compromised the flavor at all. Will be making again - the whole family - including two teenagers - loved them!!

Jan 09, 2013

pretty good, mine came out a meatloaf, too mushy for meatballs


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  • Calories
  • 647 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 64.6 g
  • 21%
  • Cholesterol
  • 199 mg
  • 66%
  • Fat
  • 38.1 g
  • 59%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 18.9 g
  • 38%
  • Sodium
  • 1376 mg
  • 55%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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