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Broccoli and Cheese ‘Meatballs’

These faux meatballs are a vegetarians delight. Serve with a little vegetarian gravy and some wholemeal spaghetti, or store in the fridge for a savoury snack.





  • ¾ cup raw almonds
  • ½ large head broccoli, cut into florets and steamed
  • ½ cup grated low-fat cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 organic egg
  • olive/coconut oil spray


  1. Preheat oven to 180º.
  2. Pulse almonds in a food processor until they’re ground but small chunks still remain. Tip into a bowl, then add broccoli to food processor and blend until finely chopped.
  3. Tip into bowl with almond, add egg, garlic and seasoning and mix well with a fork.
  4. Spray a cupcake tin lightly with oil, and mould into 12 balls. If the mixture is too wet, add a little almond meal or coconut flour. if it is too dry, add a little water.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until golden.

Serve cold as a delightful appetiser.
Almonds can be substituted for any of your favourite nuts. Walnuts are delicious!

Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

  1. Just made these for my little ones’ dinners… Absolutely delicious! The kiddies are lucky mama didn’t devour them all!

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