Momma’s Jelly Meatballs…Veganized!

Since I was a little girl, my mother has been making Jelly Meatballs. When we saw the yellow slow cooker we knew. (And I say yellow not like yellowed, old, gross; like that 70’s yellow from when that yellow was cool…it probably complimented an olive fridge somewhere, lost to time.)

They were a real treat for us. I haven’t the slightest clue where my mother heard of this from. I don’t miss too much because the good out weighs. They were one of the things I missed about being veg. A delicious vegan variation can be achieved, with the same great taste and no guilt…okay maybe a little guilt cause too many Jelly Meatballs and you might just turn into one.

If you’re making a large batch, my momma says one jar apple jelly to two jars chili sauce. She would always slow cook the meatballs in the sauce for something like 12 hours. Non-meat substitutes won’t take that long to cook through, but I still recommend letting the meatless meatballs simmer in the sauce to take in its’ flavor.

For mine, above, I used Nate’s Meatless Meatballs. My mother used to roll very small meatballs. If you’re okay with eggs, you can use Veggie Patch’s Meatless Meatballs, which are smaller than Nate’s. If you want small vegan meatballs, you can roll your own using Lightlife’s Gimme Lean Beef; especially good if you’re slow cooking. If you are, ‘forget frozen,’ you could try recipes like those from Whole Foods, the Post Punk Kitchen, and Back To Her Roots.

My mom always used Apple Jelly, but I’ve been searching for months and just couldn’t fine a jar of it. So I actually used apricot spread, which still gave it the sweetness and thickness of the apple jelly. Ours were also always served over white rice; but, alas, all I had was Brown and Wild Rice.

If you’re flying solo, like me, and want a small portion of something different:

  • Mix 1/4 bottle of Chili Sauce (any brand; I used Walmart’s) and 2 tablespoons apple jelly (or apricot spread) together in a bowl.
  • Heat up a serving of Meatless Meatballs (time varies).
  • Heat the sauce for 45 secs, then pour over the meatballs.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes.
  • Heat a single serving of rice (I get the Ready To Serve cups of Minute Rice).
  • Reheat the Meatballs with Sauce for 30-60sec.
  • Pour over the rice and serve.

Simple, easy, tasty.


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