Budget Meals: Vegetarian Eggplant Meatballs


Eat these ‘meatballs' with pasta or in a sub for a delicious vegetarian alternative to this family favorite

The recipe

7-8 cups eggplant, diced
4 oz mushrooms, chopped
olive oil, for sauteing
¼ cup water
¼ cup walnuts
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp oregano
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
¼ cup parsley, chopped
2 cups panko breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten

Marinara Sauce to serve


• Saute the diced eggplant with a little olive oil and the water until moisture is reduced, approximately 15 minutes

• Remove from pan. Sauté the mushrooms in a little olive oil

• In a food processor, chop walnuts until they resemble breadcrumbs

• Add eggplant and mushrooms, process until smooth

• In a large bowl, combine mixture with all other ingredients

• Mix and then form into balls

• Place on a lined baking tray

• Back for 30 minutes at 350F

• Serve with pasta and marinara sauce if desired


The finances

$9.61 Eggplant
$1.99 Mushrooms
$1.52 Walnuts
$0.15 Garlic
$1.12 Parmesan cheese
$0.23 Parsley
$0.99 Panko breadcrumbs
$0.33 Egg
$3.49 Marinara sauce

From the pantry

Olive Oil

Grand Total $19.43


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Lori Stratford is the Digital Marketing Manager at Navicore Solutions. She promotes the reach of Navicore's financial education to the public through social media and blog content.

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