Bean Balls & Spaghetti Squash Noodles {vegan, gluten free}

Not too long ago I thought no meal was complete without some chicken or steak or veal or turkey or lamb or fish. Now I go “meatless” very often.

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So much about life is about finding balance. A balance between chocolate and vegetables. A balance between working out and resting. A balance between chicken and beans. While I am still working on achieving all of my balances, I try to balance my meat and meatless eating.

I hope that the recipes I share can help you achieve this balance too. Coming from a girl who used to eat her steaks rare, trust me when I tell ya that it’s not hard to swap burgers for mushrooms, beef for sweet potatoes and meatballs for bean balls. No, there was no way to avoid saying “balls” to describe this dish… get your head outta the gutter, cook ’em up and enjoy :)

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Bean Balls & Spaghetti Squash Noodles

Adapted from Oh She Glows

Ingredients (Makes 15 balls) 

  • 1 can (14 oz, 398 ml) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dired oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • spaghetti squash noodles – directions how to cook spaghetti squash: click here
  • tomato sauce

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

3. Add the drained and rinsed kidney beans and sunflower seeds to a food processor and process until mostly smooth — there will still be some bean chunks.

4. Transfer mixture to a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients — mix to combine.

5. Use a tablespoon measure (or your hands) to form fifteen heaping tablespoon sized balls — approximately the size of the golf ball.

6. Place the balls on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, flip and return to oven to bake for another 20 minutes.

7. Serve bean balls with spaghetti squash

, tomato sauce
and enjoy!

Questions of the day…

How often do you go “meatless”? 

What’s your favorite meat dish?

37 thoughts on “Bean Balls & Spaghetti Squash Noodles {vegan, gluten free}

  1. This is exciting…. a posting on Australian friendly time ;) We must be having blogger vibes, I’ve got a recipe posting for this week involving beans and sunflower seeds!

    I go meatless whenever I eat tofu for dinner which is usually at least twice a week or when I have breakfast for dinner which is…every other night. Oops. Amazing photography btw! :)

  2. These look yummy!! Although don’t hate me but I would probably make them with meat only because my digestion and beans don’t mix very well – even though I do love them very much.

    You’ve made me want to buy more spaghetti squash again too, I haven’t had it in ages.

  3. These sound great! I don’t often eat meat, unless were talking about Tuna. However, i am actually in the middle of making Thyme Turkey Meatballs to have over spaghetti squash this evening. I just booked mark this recipe to try out in the near future though :)

  4. Great idea! I haven;t really cooked too much with beans, but I am learning just how tasty they are and how simple they can be to cook with, especially for #meatlessmonday. One question, were they really fragile?

  5. This recipe looks so delicious! Beans are such a good meat substitute. I’m also not a vegetarian but I find that meals without meat can be just as satisfying when done right!

  6. I still love a good rare steak, but I tend to eat meatless most days of the week when I’m living on my own. Now that I’m with my parents it’s a bit harder because they are both carnivores, but I still like to try to eat meatless the majority of the week. These bean balls look so good!

  7. I don’t often go meatless just because I wouldn’t even know where to begin with the recipes!! Which is why I love coming here bc you always have good ones :)

  8. I really love the creativity that goes into meatless meals, but I usually have about a serving of meat a day. I was vegetarian for about 4 years and my health kind of suffered for it. I’m not crazy about meat, but I find that eating it in moderate amounts makes me feel a lot better. It’s all about what works :)

  9. Confession: I cannot stop giggling at the phrase ‘bean balls’. I never claimed to be mature ;-) I go back and forth on the meat thing…I’ve flirted with vegetarianism, semi-vegetarianism (avoiding beef and pork) and eating meat at practically every meal. I still do eat it quite often at dinner, but I do make an attempt to go meatless once a week.

  10. You know how often I go meatless. All the time! I love this recipe and I’m glad to see another bean fan. So many people knock beans (cough, Paleo, cough) but they’re so healthy, I don’t get it. Oh well, more for us!

  11. As you know I’m all meatless all the time, so I love when my blends share veggie recipes I can try! I think I really need to put a food processor on my Christmas list because I’m not sure my Ninja pulse can handle this, but I’m going to try!

  12. My life would not be complete without hamburgers, so it’s safe to say they are definitely my favourite meat dish. There are so many topping options and different ways to prep them that I don’t think I will ever tire or eating a hamburger. In terms of meatless eating, I try to switch it up as much as possible and have vegetarian items. Generally, I’ll include meat in one meal a day and the rest will be vegan or vegetarian. This obviously switches up depending on what I’m craving any given day. Gotta listen to your body.

  13. Can’t wait til we move to Spain together so that you can cook me this all the time. I like how our fantasy life together keeps growing and growing. Pretty soon we’ll be dreaming about being millionaires who get to eat good food all the time, you will do yoga whenever you want, I’ll do Pilates, and we’ll get to travel the world, meet wonderful men, and live happily ever after.

    Too much?

  14. Lol seriously bean balls has the dirtiest connotation! I chuckled when I saw the title. I can’t discriminate against a good meatball – beanball – recipe, though. I love anything that’s topped with tomato sauce.

  15. Yum! I might try making these for lunches this week seeing as I made my first spaghetti squash last night :-) Thanks for the recipe, Amy!

  16. I can’t say I go meatless very often or if at all. I don’t think I’ve actually every gone a meatless day in my life. I think that I need to start reducing the amount of meat I eat but I just love it

    -Elise @ 9toFit.com

  17. How creative and wonderful! I personally never go meatless because meat is the only source of protein that I can tolerate. However I love looking at meatless recipes and trying to guess what they are made of! Haha. My sense of fun is so contorted.. ;)

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