Eggplant Meatballs

These Eggplant Meatballs are perfect for a Meatless Monday meal (any day of the week of course, but the title is catchy)!

Eggplant Meatballs

Most of my main dishes combine both a vegetable and a protein (whether wild-caught fish, organic chicken, or a grass-fed meat), but sometimes you just want to switch it up!

These eggplant meatballs have a soft meaty texture. If you love eggplant and are looking for a meatless meatballs dish, you’ll love these!

Eggplant Meatballs

This weekend I taught a 3-hour cooking class to an awesome group of 15 people at the Boston Center of Adult Education. The class was called “A Clean Eating Paleo Dinner Party” and on the menu was: Tropical Shrimp Ceviche Cups, Spaghetti Squash Chicken Pad Thai, Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies, my Honey Lime Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Sugar Chips, and some fresh coconut whipped cream. The class was fun, filled with great vibes, and everybody loved the food! The Tropical Shrimp Ceviche Cups (I’ll post them soon), and the cookies

The class was fun, filled with great vibes, and everybody loved the food! The Tropical Shrimp Ceviche Cups (I’ll post them soon), and the cookies were a big hit!

Eggplant Meatballs

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 0:35 Serves 4



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Peel eggplant and cut into cubes, place water in the bottom of pot and steam or boil eggplant until soft. Remove eggplant and squeeze out excess water well.
  • Place eggplant in a bowl and combine with ingredients. Mix well.
  • Line a baking sheet with slipat or parchment paper. Roll out balls (they will be soft, don't worry!)
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until tender and firm to touch.
  • While cooking, heat garlic and oil in a separate pot. Add in onion and let cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add in remaining sauce ingredients, bring to a boil then lower heat to a simmer. When meatballs have cooled, gently place in pot of sauce until serving, or pour sauce over the meatballs.
  • Garnish and serve.
  • Recipe Notes

  • 1. These will NOT be hard like a beef or turkey meatball; they are definitely firm but are softer and break apart easily with your fork.
  • 2. Serving will vary slightly based on size of your eggplant. Makes 6 large meatballs or 9 medium sized.
  • 3. I served mine with spiralized zucchini noodles.
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