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Vegan Eggplant Cauliflower Meatballs

  • Author: Eat Drink Shrink
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 eggplant (about 1 ½ pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, cut on bulb
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup brown rice (cooked)
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese-style) bread crumbs
  • Other: 4 cups of pasta and your favorite marinara
  • 1/2 cup vegan parm (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven (with the oven rack in the middle) to 400°F. Line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper. Slice the garlic bulb, coat in olive oil, wrap in aluminum foil, place in the oven to roast.
  2. On a large baking sheet add the peeled and chopped eggplant, cauliflower, bell pepper, and onion.
  3. Coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Toss together and arrange in a single layer.
  4. Roast for about 45 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Toss veggie mid bake.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the brown rice according to directions.
  6. Put the roasted vegetables in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped but not smooth. Scrape into a large bowl and stir in the Panko and brown rice. You can add a 1/2 cup vegan parm in here if desired.
  7. Preheat oven to 375
  8. Shape the mixture into balls, about 2 inches in diameter. Space them 1 inch apart on the prepared pan.
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until slightly browned and crisp on the outside and heated through.
  10. Serve with the marinara sauce and a little more parmesan and your pasta of choice!
  • Category: Meatballs
  • Cuisine: Lunch/Dinner


  • Serving Size: 1
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