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It has been such a crazy month here in Central Florida! Between Hurricane Irma and several threats since then of hurricanes, I’m way past over hurricane season! We finally gained our internet back after two weeks without due to power lines and grids being out of service and cell towers being down, it’s been a wild ride. But I figured what better way to celebrate getting back to normal than a blog post?!
Over the past two years Gared (my hubs) and I have become extremely health conscious about what we eat. I’ll post a whole different blog on that change later.
So back to the good stuff! My husband LOVES, when I loves, I mean really loves Meatball Subs. I think part of that is because it was his Mama’s favorite sub from Publix and she always made them when he was growing up. So sweet! And as we’ve been changing our eating lifestyle to more vegan options, I wanted to make Meatball Subs. Off I went to the grocery and got my ingredients. I needed hoagie rolls, vegan meatballs, spaghetti or marinara sauce and vegan mozzarella style cheese. For our side we had Alexia brand crinkle cut French fries seasoned with sea salt. These are also non-gmo and vegan.
This is what I used! All these ingredients above are vegan and non-gmo! I used butter for toasting the hoagie buns, it just helps create a crispier crunch. If you don’t have a non-stick sauce pan you can use s little butter and spread it around in the pan so your sauce and vegan meatballs won’t stick or burn. What isn’t pictured is the hoagie buns or fries we used. I’ll try to add that soon.
I’m still new at vegan recipes and I always think they take longer than they do. But this didn’t take much time at all. Seriously it took us 25 minutes from start to finish, and that’s mostly because the fries in the oven took the longest. I first put my fries in the oven to crisp up and brown a little bit. I knew they would take a long time. About ten minutes into the fries baking, I turned to stovetop on to medium high heat, poured half of the spaghetti sauce in and began heating it up. Once it was bubbling and warm I added the meatballs. This specific package comes with 9 pre-made meatballs. So realistically you could make 3 subs using three meatballs in each sub. I simply followed the package instructions. I let them cook on medium heat for about 8 minutes, then I turned the stovetop off and left the pot on the eye. You need to continually stir it because you want your meatballs to be heated thru evenly. Nobody wants to bite into a cold Meatball. 🤢
Side Note: here’s one thing I’ve learned about vegan pre-made product is that if you cook it too long it has a tendency to taste and feel rubbery. So cooking at exact times gives the best possible results.
After all ingredients we cooked properly and hoagie rolls were toasted, I plated the meal!
We didn’t use a lot of cheese as we aren’t used to eating vegan cheese anyway, but honestly, for me I think it’s more of a mental thing because I couldn’t really taste the cheese anyway.
Final result: we LOVED this meal! We are so happy to eat something that isn’t a soup! We have thoroughly enjoyed making the slow change to vegan lifestyle. We feel more full, we probably are eating more protein and this change has nothing to do with eating something with a face. We aren’t weirdo vegan hippies. This was a lifestyle change for health reasons and we love it so far! I hope to continue adding more vegan options in the future!
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