What Oprah's Eating for Lunch
If you've never tried vegetarian meatballs, we've got two women who would love for you to give them a chance. One is Oprah, who, after trying this recipe for Eggplant and Cauliflower "Meatballs," posted an Instagram collage, showing four pics of her making (and tasting) the dish with the hashtag #delishiousness. The second is Jessica Seinfeld, who created the recipe that Oprah used (it's in Seinfeld's book Food Swings), and promises, even if you're a carnivore, you are going to be amazed by these vegetarian 'meatballs.'" Sold yet?
There are even more reasons to try them. For one, these veggie balls are packed with an impressive amount of good-for-you ingredients: everything from a whole eggplant (its "meaty" texture makes the dish substantial), to a half head of cauliflower, red bell pepper, garlic and farro, a wheat-like grain that gives the balls structure and is rich in vitamin B, along with magnesium. And the cooking method is healthy too, since you bake them (Oprah's post shows the balls lined up on a parchment-lined baking sheet, so they don't stick to the pan)—instead of frying them.
The "meatballs" aren't difficult to make, either. You begin by roasting the vegetables until they're tender and cooking the farro on the stove. Next, finely chop the roasted veggies in a food processor, and add bread crumbs, grated Parmesan and the farro. Shape the mixture into balls, bake and top with marinara sauce.
Oprah serves them three to a bowl, surrounded by savory sauce and with a smattering of extra cheese on top. Taste and believe.
Get the recipe: Eggplant and Cauliflower "Meatballs"