Enjoy these flavorful meatless meatballs hot out of the oven and topped with sweet and sour sauce or with a spaghetti sauce or gravy. They are also delicious in pita bread with your favorite trimmings. The sauce complements many recipes, including vegetables and rice in an oil-free stir-fry. Both recipes freeze well, so I highly recommend that you make enough for future quick meals.

Serves: 10 (3 meatball) servings) / 12 (3 tablespoons) sauce servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes / 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes / 3 minutes

1½ cups water-packed tofu OR 1 box Mori-Nu tofu, firm or extra-firm, mashed
½ cup quick oats
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 teaspoon basil
½ teaspoon sage
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups whole-grain bread crumbs, made from slices of whole-grain bread
¾ cup nuts or raw sunflower seeds, finely chopped or blended

Sweet and Sour Sauce
1 cup canned tomato sauce
1 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1½ teaspoons onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Combine all ingredients except bread crumbs and nuts and mix well.
3. Break each slice of bread into 6 pieces. Pulse in blender or food processor.
4. Chop nuts or grind them in blender or food processor.
5. Mix everything together and let mixture sit for 5 minutes.
6. Using a ¾-oz. scoop, form mixture into meatballs, or roll 1½ tablespoons of dough by hand.
7. Bake on a prepared cookie sheet for 35 minutes.

Sweet and Sour Sauce
1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a light boil, then stir constantly for 1 minute.

The best way to reheat meatballs is to place them in a baking dish and top with your favorite sauce or gravy. Meatballs will not stay together if dropped into a saucepan of sauce or gravy.

To make a loaf, add ¼ cup water to mixture. Bake in an oiled 8×8 baking dish, uncovered, for 40 minutes.

To make sandwich spread, crumble meatballs and mix with your favorite condiments. Serve with sliced tomatoes, onion, and lettuce.

Meatballs: calories 177.56, fat 6.03g, saturated fat 0.86g, cholesterol 0mg, sodium 248.34mg, carbohydrates 23.46g, fiber 3.38g, sugars 4.98g, protein 8.51g

Sweet and sour sauce: calories 31.52, fat 0.20g, saturated fat 0.00g, cholesterol 0mg, sodium, 174.58mg, carbohydrates 7.55g, fiber 0.45g, sugars 4.48g, protein 0.47g

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