1 cup raw sunflower seeds
½ cup + 1 tablespoon raw almond butter
4 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked and chopped
3 Tbsp fresh basil, shredded
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp olive oil
Sea salt to taste
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until the mixture reaches a texture similar to ground meat.
Scoop the mixture out by into heaping teaspoons and form each meatball. Try not to over-roll them; we are going for “rustic” Italian here!
This mix can be served as balls over raw zucchini pasta as seen here, but it can also be a great vegetarian stand-in for any recipe you’d use ground meat. Try it as a taco or sandwich filling, a base for a raw chili, or as a crunchy topping for salad or soup! This protein-packed flavour blend pairs well with marinara sauce, cashew sour cream or pesto!