Vegan Sriracha ‘Meatballs’ with Noodles and Grilled Vegetables
These punchy little vegan sriracha “meatballs” from Gaz Oakley’s cookbook, Vegan 100, are made from tofu—but they’re so moist and flavorful, you’d never guess. Served with an irresistibly tangy sauce and plenty of fresh veggies, they definitely count as health food (but we’d encourage you to make a double batch and serve the leftovers over pasta later).
1 tablespoon white chia seeds
One 10-ounce block of firm tofu, pressed
¼ cup buckwheat flour, plus more as needed
3 scallions, very finely sliced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 small red chile, finely chopped
Handful of cilantro, chopped
3 tablespoons sriracha
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon tomato puree
1 tablespoon coconut oil
5 tablespoons sriracha
5 tablespoons ketchup
3 tablespoons maple syrup
10½ ounces rice noodles
Vegetables (such as asparagus, Chinese cabbage, Tenderstem broccoli, radishes, carrots and sugar snap peas), sliced into strips
Cucumber and carrot ribbons
1. In a blender, blitz the chia seeds and 3 tablespoons filtered cold water until well mixed. Measure 1 tablespoon of the mixture and store the rest in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks (1 tablespoon replaces 1 egg).
2. Make the “Meatballs”: Preheat the oven to 350˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. In a large mixing bowl, mash the tofu with a potato masher until it’s broken up into small bits and pieces. Stir in the buckwheat flour, scallions, garlic, chili, cilantro, sriracha, sesame oil, tomato puree and coconut oil. If the mixture is still slightly wet, add a couple of extra tablespoons of buckwheat flour.
4. Lightly flour your hands, take 1 large tablespoon of the mixture and form it into a ball with your hands. Repeat until you’ve used up all of the mixture. Place the meatballs onto the lined baking sheet as you go.
5. Heat the coconut oil in a large nonstick skillet over low heat. Working in batches, sauté the meatballs until golden, about 2 minutes per batch. Transfer the meatballs back to the baking sheet once they’re done and bake for 10 minutes.
6. Make the Sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the sriracha, ketchup, maple syrup and 5 tablespoons water.
7. Cook the rice noodles according to the packet instructions. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat and cook the vegetables until they’re charred.
8. Serve the meatballs in large bowls with the rice noodles, grilled veggies, cucumber and carrot ribbons, plenty of sauce and lime wedges. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions.