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Amy's Meatless Meatballs good for sandwiches, pasta, solo snacks

This box of meatless meatballs from Amy's Kitchen is great for sandwiches and pasta.
This box of meatless meatballs from Amy's Kitchen is great for sandwiches and pasta.
Shamontiel L. Vaughn

Amy's Meatless Meatballs

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Sometimes vegetarian alternatives to meat can be a little too close for comfort. For omnivores, this is a major perk. For vegetarians and vegans, it may make them read the box ingredients word for word. Amy's Kitchen meatless meatballs does just that, but they're really made of high-protein grains, lentils and Italian spices.

Legumes are a superb source of dietary fiber. Mayo Clinic recommends a daily intake of 21 to 25 dietary grams of fiber per day for women and 30 to 38 dietary grams of fiber per day for men. A serving of Amy's meatballs (eight) has three grams. Choosing 2 ounces of whole wheat spaghetti noodles has 5 grams of dietary fiber. Put the two together and a third of the dietary fiber goal has been reached.

Besides meeting a goal, the Italian spices and hickory smoke flavor give them a tasty BBQ tang so they're good for both nutrition and yum factor.

Spaghetti may be the most common way to eat meatballs, but Buzzfeed has 29 other ideas, all of which are creative ways to use Amy's frozen vegan meatballs.

A couple of the best vegan meal options include Scallion Meatballs with Soy-Ginger Glaze and Kimchi Tofu Meatball Stew, Replace real eggs with Ener-G egg replacements.

Amy's quinoa veggie burgers cut in half can make up an alternative for the Quinoa Meatball Sliders.

A few condiments can easily be used to prepare BBQ Comfort Meatballs.

For those with a pizza craving, this Mini Meatball Pizza recipe works. Don't forget to add vegetables for more added fiber.

Click here for more meatball recipe ideas.

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