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Green Veggie Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Sauce

I’ve been wanting to create a stand out recipe for veggie meatballs for a very long time. Procrastination rarely pays off and now Heck have beaten me to it. There was nothing for it but to create a super delicious way of serving them. These green veggie meatballs in tomato sauce served as part of a Middle Eastern feast fits the bill beautifully. All vegan and so very tasty.

Heck Veggie Meatballs

Heck is a small independent award winning producer of sausages, burgers and meatballs – both veggie and non veggie. They pride themselves on using high quality ingredients and no unnecessary inputs. I’ve tried their veggie burgers and they’re phenomenally good. Now they’ve branched out into veggie meatballs, which come in 255g packs of nine. Both are approved by the Vegan Society and are vegan, gluten free and low in fat. They’re currently available at Waitrose and cost £3 a pack. The Super Greens are also approved by the Vegetarian Society.

Heck Veggie Meatballs

Thai Bites are made with Thai pesto, sweet potato and sticky rice. They are really tasty, but much as I love Thai flavours I was drawn to the bright green ones – by heck it’s spring and the buds are bursting, I thought, get some chlorophyll inside you. Super Greens are green veggie meatballs made from quinoa, spinach, kale & ginger with a few other nutritious ingredients thrown in for good measure. They’re delicious in their own right and work very well served with a salad. They also help towards the new and seemingly unobtainable target of ten a day.

Green Veggie Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Middle Eastern Inspired Tomato Sauce

I like a bit of colour contrast when it comes to my food. When I saw these bright green veggie meatballs, I just knew I was going to have to serve them in a bright red tomato sauce. The flavours of the Middle East, I reckoned, would work well with these balls, so that’s what I went for. I made the sauce with red peppers and carrots as well as tomatoes and a little pomegranate syrup.

Green Veggie Meatballs with Rice Pilaf

Making the sauce was dead easy. I whizzed most of the ingredients up in my Optimum G2.3 induction blender to produce a thick sauce that the green veggie meatballs could sit in without sinking. I served them on a bed of fruity, nutty rice pilaf which offered a perfect foil to the spicy tomato sauce and earthy balls. The balls are easily cooked in the oven or air fryer and need no oil to bake them. I used my Optimum HealthyFry and they were done to perfection in fifteen minutes. They come out crisp on the outside and gorgeously chewy in the middle.

Green Veggie Meatballs

Green Veggie Meatballs with Oca

If you’re looking for something to celebrate St Patrick’s Day tomorrow, these green veggie meatballs would make a quick but delicious green dinner. We’ve enjoyed them with lettuce, roasted oca and a green dressing that I’ll be blogging about at some point. However, you could just as well serve them with a more elaborate salad, some new potatoes and dressing of your choice. 

Green Veggie Meatballs in Tomato Sauce – The Recipe

Green Veggie Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Sauce
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Green Veggie Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Tasty and nutritious green veggie meatballs riding on an easy tomato sauce spiced with Middle Eastern flavours. Serve with a fruity, nutty rice pilaff for a perfect feast.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: air fryer, tomato sauce, vegetarian, veggie meatballs
Servings: 5 people


  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 onion - peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 400 g tin tomatoes
  • 4 carrots - scrubbed and roughly chopped
  • 1 large red pepper - deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic - peeled
  • ½ red chilli - deseeded
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 250 g water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 packs of Heck Super Green Veggie Meatballs


  • Heat the oil in a large deep pan over a moderate heat. Add the onion and fry for five minutes until translucent. Add the cumin seeds, stir and fry for another minute or two.
  • Meanwhile blitz the tomatoes, carrots, red pepper, garlic and chilli in a blender along with the water.
  • Pour into the onion pan and add the pomegranate molasses and salt. Bring to the boil, cover and reduce the heat. Simmer for twenty minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the sauce is cooking, cook the veggie balls according to packet instructions or for 15 minutes in an Air Fryer at 180℃.
  • Pour the sauce into a large serving bowl and place the hot balls on top. Serve alongside a Middle Eastern pilaf.


Serves 4 very hungry people, but could stretch to 6 more moderate portions.


I’m sending this recipe for green veggie meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce off to Jac at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays.

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  1. Jacqueline Meldrum

    16th March 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I really must try those. I love your idea of serving them with a tomato sauce. I would love to serve them with spaghetti too.

    • Choclette

      16th March 2017 at 6:16 pm

      Yes, I think they’d work really well with spaghetti. I was very tempted to go that route.

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    16th March 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Such a healthy and flavoursome dish! Don’t think I can get my husband to eat green meatballs, but that sauce is definitely a keeper.

    • Choclette

      16th March 2017 at 5:51 pm

      Hahaha, I’m surprised Angie. You come up with such unusual things, I’d have thought your husband was highly adventurous 🙂

  3. Yaya

    16th March 2017 at 4:54 pm

    I love the contrast and vibrancy of the colours! This post made my mouth water. x

    • Choclette

      16th March 2017 at 5:50 pm

      Excellent, that’s what I like to hear. It’s a super simple recipe to make and you could just have it with pasta.

  4. Jenna Von

    16th March 2017 at 5:45 pm

    This looks delicious and simple to make, although I did think they were stuffing balls at first!

    Jenna Von x

    • Choclette

      16th March 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Even nicer than stuffing balls Jenna and a whole heap better for you 😉

  5. Rachel Lucas

    16th March 2017 at 6:55 pm

    They are lovely – I made them into a really nice kofta curry recently ! They worked very well and tasted just as good the next day as well…

    • Choclette

      16th March 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Ah, lovely to hear from you Rachel. They are fab and can be used for so many things. I like the idea of a kofta curry 🙂

  6. Mari

    16th March 2017 at 10:53 pm

    There is never too many recipes for veggie meat balls, if you ask my crowd at the table 🙂 this one will be the great new addition! I made it only with mushrooms and vegetables, served with marinara or something similar, and was looking for something different. And here you come with this beautiful, vibrant and deliciously looking plate full of joy! Thank you, Choclette!

    • Choclette

      17th March 2017 at 8:49 am

      Making meatballs has been on my horizon for a long time. Heck beat me to it, but when I do get around to making my own, I’m going to add mushrooms – lovely idea.

  7. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    17th March 2017 at 1:56 am

    these look great – meatballs (or cheatballs) are something I would like to make more but don’t – sadly I am not sure these are available in Melbourne or I might just try them.

    • Choclette

      17th March 2017 at 8:51 am

      Hahaha, cheatballs, I like it Johanna. Yes, I don’t tend to buy many ready made food products, but these are made with good ingredients and are really tasty. It’s nice to be able to get a few healthy products from the supermarkets these days.

  8. Kavey at Kavey Eats

    17th March 2017 at 10:39 am

    The colours of the “meatballs” in that rich tomato sauce look so beautiful. And love the cheatballs nickname from Johanna too!

    • Choclette

      17th March 2017 at 11:23 am

      Thanks Kavey. I’m rather tickled by the name cheatballs too 🙂

  9. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    17th March 2017 at 10:54 am

    Wow, love the sound of these veggie meatballs. A great alternative to falafels!

    • Choclette

      17th March 2017 at 11:24 am

      Yes, they make a very nice change to falafels, delicious as those are.

  10. Pretty

    17th March 2017 at 11:42 am

    I haven’t tried Heck produces yet, I will give it a go when I am next in the UK. Love your tomato sauce recipe, all looks very tasty!

    • Choclette

      17th March 2017 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you. I’ve enjoyed all of the Heck veggie products I’ve tried and would definitely recommend them for lazy / busy days.

  11. Nico @ yumsome

    17th March 2017 at 4:33 pm

    Wow, this looks superb, and I love that you served it with pilaf… which immediately got my mouth watering!

    I’ve never heard of Heck before but I’m going to look out for them when I visit Britain at the beginning of May!

    • Choclette

      18th March 2017 at 9:11 pm

      The pilaf was super scrummy. I’ll be posting the recipe at some point. Heck’s veggie range are definitely worth checking out.

  12. Jan Bennett

    19th March 2017 at 7:32 am

    I must look out for these – love the sauce you made to go with them.

    • Choclette

      19th March 2017 at 8:39 am

      Thanks Jan. All the Heck products I’ve tried are tasty and good quality – delicious in fact 🙂

  13. Dom

    19th March 2017 at 4:58 pm

    the colours look so vibrant and that sauce sounds very rich and tasty… love the ideas of the ‘meat’ balls too… a wonderful dish. Yes please x

    • Choclette

      20th March 2017 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Dom. I know how much you love your balls, but you might find the Viking quite likes these ones too 😉

  14. Eb Gargano /

    30th March 2017 at 11:28 am

    Oh I love the sound of these! I often do meatballs with an Italian style sauce, and I once did tikka masala meatballs, but I keep thinking I should do a middle eastern meatballs recipe – you have inspired me. Watch this space! 😀 Eb x

    • Choclette

      30th March 2017 at 1:07 pm

      I ate kofta a lot when I lived in Egypt, it was so good – I wasn’t vegetarian in those days. They weren’t served in tomato sauce, but I’m sure they could be.

  15. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    30th March 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I’ve had the Heck cheese and chilli sausages and they were fab. I keep meaning to try the ‘meatballs’ too.

    • Choclette

      30th March 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Cheese and chilli sausages sounds ace. I’ve been impressed with the products I’ve tried so far.


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