‘You get it? Like meat balls, but minus meat - so cheat balls.’


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Serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup of rice, cooked
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons of oats
  • A fresh handful of basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of Vegan powdered cheese or nutritional yeast of
  • About 2/3 of a cup of cooked chopped onions and courgettes or mushrooms
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • 1 teaspoon of tomato puree


  1. Cook the rice as per instructions until done
  2. Whilst the rice is cooking fry the onions, courgette or mushrooms and garlic (add this after the onions have started to go translucent) in an oil of your choice, until they soften.
  3. Add to a bowl all the dry ingredients and basil mix to combine, then proceed to add the wet ingredients and mix again until combined.
  4. Mould the mixture into inch wide balls, then cook on one side for 20 minutes at gas mark 5, then turn and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Whilst the cheat balls are cooking make the red sauce

  1. Heat up a pan with a little olive oil and cook the sliced onions until they are translucent and then add the chopped garlic, cooking for a further two minutes.
  2. Add the seasoning (if using dried – if using fresh add it torn or chopped off the heat so it doesn’t just wilt- but with this recipe I would recommend dried) salt and pepper and puree with a little water to keep everything moving.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan as well as some more water about a cup, and the wine if you’re using.
  4. Bring to the boil and then lower to a simmer for 10 minutes the add the cheat balls and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened, adding water if you feel it has thicken too much

Vegan Meat/Cheat Balls


  • You can 100 percent add more wine to this recipe if that’s your thing!
  • The salt and pepper as with all my recipes need to be added throughout the cooking process and to taste (never be ashamed to shove a teaspoon in your cooking and taste half way through- cook’s perks!)
  • Go crazy and add some heat to your sauce with some chilli, if you like a bit of spice in your life!

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