Veggie Patch has come out with some new flavors just in time for the holidays. Their meatless meatballs are bite-sized and serve up well with a toothpick. The falafel tastes great in a pita. Both come pre-cooked, are vegetarian, and serve up fast for a cocktail party or holiday entertaining.
Veggie Patch Meatless Meatballs have the flavor of the meatballs we get at that Italian place downtown. With just the right amount of spice in them, they compliment any pasta dish.
The first way I tried the meatless meatballs was with the tomato sauce I usually serve my family. I simply added the meatballs to the sauce and heated them through. It took about five minutes. Then I ladled the sauce and meatballs over spaghetti. It was a hit.
The meatballs are bite-sized, so they are a natural at a party. The classic barbecue sauce made up of equal parts grape jelly and ketchup works well. Mix the jelly and ketchup together in a saucepan, add the meatballs, and heat (use low heat) through. It takes five or ten minutes. Serve them in a warming dish with toothpicks or those fancy swords.
I also tried them cold. Since they’re pre-cooked, they can just be pulled out of the fridge for a quick snack. They taste good cold, too, but I prefer to cook them first.
Veggie Patch meatless meatballs are a good source of vitamin A and calcium. A serving of three meatballs contains 16 grams of protein.
I love falafel, but it’s such a pain to put the falafel balls together and fry them up. Veggie Patch Falafel are already made and pre-cooked, so I just pop them in the microwave for 40 seconds and they’re ready to go.
Falafel tastes great with lettuce and tomato stuffed in a pita for a vegetarian sandwich. I admit that I lack imagination for what else to do with falafel. I’ve eaten them dipped in ranch dressing and hummus. How do you eat falafel?
Veggie Patch falafel is a good source of vitamin A, iron, and fiber. A serving of four pieces contains 5 grams of protein.
Veggie Patch has a cookbook on their site with some delicious recipes. Search by category. I especially like the selection under “Kids”.
If you search by product, the search engine will tell you that there are no recipes found, but I found plenty of recipes for meatless meatballs through the category search.
Image of falafel sandwich by jasonlam, used with Creative Commons license.