May 14, 2013

Eggplant Meatballs!

For those of you who are wondering…yes, I’m a vegetarian. I’m the pescatarian type, meaning that I exclude all meat with the exception of fish. I also drink milk and eat milk products like cheese and yogurt. I think eating every kind of meat is okay, vegetarians are not necessarily healthier. So, if you like chicken or beef, keep eating it! Just pay attention to the portions and how you prepare it.

That being said, it doesn't matter what kind of diet you like to follow, you can (and should!) try this delicious eggplant meatballs.  I had them with carrot-rice and some veggies as a starter, they were great!

For 18 meatballs, 50 minutes


1 medium eggplant (about 2 ½ cups when cut in small squares)
1 small onion
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon ginger powder
2 eggs (beaten)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
¾ cup bread crumbs

(Pictures don’t show all ingredients)


-Chop the eggplant and onion in small pieces.
-Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan and let it heat over medium-high heat.
-Add the garlic, wait for it to brown a little and then add the onions.
-When the onions are golden, add the eggplant and cook everything together for about 5 minutes until softened.
-If you have a food processor, chop the cooked veggies. If not, use a knife or a blender.
-In a medium-large bowl, mix the ginger, eggs, soy sauce, and the chopped veggie mixture.
-Add the bread crumbs and mix until well combined.
-Preheat oven to 400◦F and lightly grease a glass baking pan.
-With the help of a spoon and you hands, make small balls of the mixture and place them in the baking pan.
-Bake for 30 minutes and serve!

(Adapted from Dash of East


  1. Que divinas!
    La berenjena es mi vegetal favorito asi que voy a hacerlas. Mi hija Marianne (18 yrs) es vegetariana y siempre busco ideas ricas, ademas hacemos los Meat Free Mondays.
    Esto me suenta que con una salsita de tomate casera debe ser divino.

    1. Que chévere todo eso! Me cuentas qué tal te parecen. Lo de la salsita debe ser súper rico, algún día lo probare también :)

  2. I just made these tonight. They are AMAZING. Thanks for sharing the recipe! These are my new go-to meatless meatball!

    1. Thanks Anna! I’m very happy to hear it :) I’ll keep the recipes coming!

    2. Made these again tonight, subbing yellow squash for the eggplant (that is what I had in the fridge). Also subbed sausage seasoning for the ginger and soy sauce. My 8 year old and 10 month old loved them. My ten month old ate 6 meatballs!!!

    3. Hi Anna! I hadn't thought of squash but sounds delicious! I’m really glad you and your kids like them :)