Just A Vegan And Her Meatballs

OMG, I am so excited for all the stuff going on right now! Dan and I are literally busting our butts (in a good way) to bring some great stuff to the table…

And while these will look awesome on your table:

That’s not quite what I meant.

For my Birthday you might recall that my present was a new camera! I am super excited but it’s on back order until June (insert sad face)… and while it’s going to be an awesome camera to have in my purse for on the go pictures, we’ve always wanted a SLR camera for blogging, Art of Weight Lifting images, cookies, and video making.

And today we got one!! Dan got the Canon Rebel T3i… I don’t know what that really means but I’m really excited none the less.

I can’t wait to see all the things we can do with it, but since the instruction manual is the size of a novel, it’s going to take some time to see just everything this bad boy can do!

But one thing I know, is that it will help me show you, my amazing readers, just what’s going on in my “revolutionary” lifestyle (okay, a little hokey, but you get the idea)!

We played around with it at dinner time, and here’s what came out!

Is your mouth watering yet? These “meatballs” aren’t meatballs at all… so don’t worry I am still vegan!

In fact, it was really funny when Dan walked into the kitchen, looked down at the skillet and asked if he was having meatballs, what was I having! I just smirked and let the dinner speak for itself!

I let Dan dig into first, always searching for some food criticism, I was thrilled when he looked up and said they were really good.. score!

This recipe was SOOO easy!


  • 1 can black eyed-peas, drained
  • 6 oz of tempeh (I used organic, with wild rice)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1/4 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp basalmic vinegar
  • Jar spaghetti sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Organic)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Steam tempeh for ~10 minute to soften, remove from heat and allow to cool so you can handle it. Crumble it into small pieces
  2. Mash or process beans until smooth (I stuck them in my blender for ease)
  3. In a large bowl, mix together everything except onions, sauce and oil.
  4. Use your hands, to make golf ball size “meat”balls.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet on med heat, add onions until heated through.
  6. Add “meat”balls to the pan. Cook ~3 minutes, until browned on bottom, use a wooden spoon to roll them over, cook on all sides.
  7. Lower heat to med-low and pour sauce over the top. Allow to simmer for about 5-10 minutes, moving the pan to shift the “meat”balls around regularly.
  8. Remove from heat and serve!


  • What was the last thing you were really excited about? 
  • What’s your favorite side dish for a hearty dinner? 



  • Those “meatballs” look incredible! My favorite side dish would probably have to be roasted brussels sprouts! 🙂

    • I <3 roasted brussels sprouts, I think it's safe to say we eat them every week! That and broccoli are always in the house!

      • The videos and your wesitbe! Thank you for that too!!! Today I’m gonna start integrating recipes into our diet ( our my daughter and I) to eventually have an all vegan diet I figured that theirs no point in my going vegetarian before going vegan (was vegetarian in the past and then I was in a relationship with a meat eater that threw our diet off and now we daughter and I are going back to stop eating meat), Might as well go straight to become vegan

    • Khe

      Thank you so much! I love the fact that you informed us about the eftcfes of certain foods (ex: garlic and onions are good to lower the blood pressure coz it thins the blood) and I love how simple you make vegan cooking look!!! I’m not a vegan yet, though I aspire to it one day. I’m searching for different recipes I could do and see how vegan cuisine look like Thank you for all the info!!! It’s really helpful to see that it’s not as complicated as I thought it would be to become vegan one day

  • Alot of vegans make the mitskae of still consuming cooked food. Like bread, vegan processed foods ect ect You want to research raw foodism’ which is eating only natrual living foods with no processed. Such as fruits, vegetables. nuts seeds. Ive been on this for awhile honestly its the best diet, in my opinion for humans. We are the only species that cook our food. Look up markus rothkranz. Hope it does you some good. Vitamin b12 can be found in hemp seeds.

  • Misty

    These might be the most intriguingly different veg balls I’ve seen. Gotta try w hubs (he’s omni but God love him he does the veg meatballs cause our 6 years old likes them so ;))

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