Welcome to my must try vegan veggie balls recipe.
Once upon a time I was a vegetarian. Yes really says the food blogger that has more recipes featuring meat than ones that are meat free. Between the ages of 10 and 14 I didn’t touch a single piece of meat.
I went meat free after seeing dead pigs hanging from the back of a butchers lorry and it made me feel sick. I didn’t eat much meat at the time because I just wasn’t that bothered for it. I would go to Sunday lunch and would always swap the meat for the veggie bake with my dad because I loved my cheese too much. So it wasn’t a big deal for me.
At the time though it totally freaked out my parents and they wondered what on earth they were going to feed me. As I remember at the time they blamed it all on my cousin as she was veggie at the time (and still is) but it was ALL ME.
The only reason I stopped being a veggie was because eating out was such a nightmare. When you’re allergic to nuts and hate mushrooms you are about to enter a really annoying place. As at every place they either offer you a mushroom stroganoff or a nut roast.
So after 3 years I returned to meat and it wasn’t until years later when I met Dominic and the chef in him introduced me to loads of amazing meats that I actually started to enjoy them.
I still absolutely HATE smoked meat, meat with loads of bones in it and whenever I have raw meat to chop up I will call Dominic as I have a real phobia about touching it, which he finds really funny.
But even though I do eat a lot of meat these days, I still have a really big soft spot for vegetables and the vegetarian/vegan diet. I could never be a vegan because I am too obsessed with my dairy and life without honey would drive me crackers, but I do like to enjoy veggie and vegan food whenever I can.
Because Dominic falls under one of those blokes that lives for his meat, I can get away with vegan or vegetarian food for a couple of days but after that I get comments about how much he wants his meat and how much he is sick of rabbit food.
Though I spent a day experimenting in the kitchen while he was working and came up with these vegan veggie balls and he said he could entertain the veggie lifestyle more often if the food was like this.
So maybe I have won him round?
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In your food processor add your vegetables and whizz around until your raw vegetables resemble breadcrumbs.
Place them into a tea towel and ring out all the excess water so that you have a firm mixture.
Place them in a mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well and make into medium sized balls.
Place them in the fridge for 2 hours so that they have the chance to firm up a bit.
Put them in the Airfryer at 160c for 10 minutes, roll them over so that you can do the other size and give them another 10 minutes at 200c.