Sweet & Sour Cauliflower “Meatballs” with Kimchi


Low in carbohydrates and high in protein, these savory (yet sweet!) plant-based “meatballs” are so darn tasty. They’re crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and super-loaded with nutrient-dense ingredients, including quinoa flakes, chia seeds, zucchini, cauliflower and kimchi. But wait, there’s more! This recipe is gluten-free, grain-free and vegan-friendly!

Homemade Vegan Sweet & Sour Meatballs with Kimchi | Vitacost.com/Blog

Homemade Vegan Sweet & Sour Meatballs | Vitacost.com/Blog
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Sweet & Sour Cauliflower "Meatballs" with Kimchi

Servings 6
Calories 190 kcal


Cauliflower "meatballs"

Sweet & sour sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Heat medium sauté pan over medium and add ghee or coconut oil.
  3. Sauté onion for 3-4 minutes until soft.
  4. Add cauliflower rice and shredded zucchini. Stir and sauté 4-5 minutes until cauliflower begins to soften.
  5. In small bowl, combine ground chia seeds and water, stir to combine and set aside.
  6. In medium mixing bowl, spoon in sautéed vegetables. Add chia mixture, which should be very thick, stir to combine with vegetables.
  7. Add chopped, drained kimchi, quinoa flakes and salt, stir to combine, set aside to rest for 15 minutes. Mixture will get a little thicker as liquid is absorbed into quinoa flakes.
  8. Meanwhile make sweet and sour sauce. In small bowl, thoroughly mix arrowroot and water.
  9. In saucepan over medium heat, combine coconut vinegar, ketchup, coconut aminos and coconut sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar and whisk in arrowroot mixture. Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until thick. Remove from heat and add scallions.
  10. To form “meatballs,” roll 1 tablespoon cauliflower mixture scooping into hand and squeezing, then roll gently into ball shape. Place rolled balls on prepared sheet pan. Spray balls generously with coconut oil.
  11. Bake 60 minutes, turning cauliflower balls every 20 minutes or so to evenly brown on all sides. Give meatballs an extra spritz of coconut oil while turning if they are a little dry.
  12. To serve, place 3-5 meatballs in bowl, drizzle warm sweet and sour sauce on top and garnish with extra minced scallions and kimchi if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Sweet & Sour Cauliflower "Meatballs" with Kimchi
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 679mg28%
Potassium 352mg10%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 292IU6%
Vitamin C 35mg42%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.