There's something about a vegan meatball sandwich that brings a smile to my face. Whenever I'm craving comfort food, sandwiches come to mind. In fact, I can't think of anything more delicious than a vegan meatball sandwich on crusty bread.
But, how can you make a healthy vegan meatball sub? It's easier than you think. In fact, it's all about the ingredients and a few helpful hints.
For instance, making and freezing Vegan Lentil Meatballs ahead of time allows for a quick and easy meatball sub. Even though I make batches of meatballs and freeze them, vegan meatballs are easy to prepare.
First, choose your favorite vegan meatball recipe. I enjoy two different versions of oil-free vegan meatballs.
Two different vegan meatball recipes to choose from:
Although both lentil meatball recipes are oil-free and plant-based, either recipe works for this vegan meatball sub recipe.
- Brown Lentils
- Organic Vegetable Broth
- Fresh Basil
- Italian Parsley
- Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste
- Italian Panko Bread Crumbs
- Flax Egg
- Brown lentils
- White or yellow onion
- Red pepper
- Tomato paste
- BBQ sauce of choice
- Yellow mustard
- Flaxseed meal
- Fresh parsley, chopped
- Quick oats
- Whole wheat bread crumbs (I used Dave's Bread and made my own)
Regardless of which recipe you choose, either recipe freezes well and can be made ahead of time.
Step 1 to a fabulous vegan meatball sub
First, I saute diced onions, garlic and wait until the onions begin to brown before adding vegetable broth. Once the pan starts to brown, a small amount of vegetable broth caramelized the onions.
Next, I add the thawed vegetable meatballs. I used the lentil meatballs without the vegetables this time.
To brown the lentil meatballs, I browned them in the onion mixture and added a little more vegetable broth to prevent the onions and meatballs from sticking.
Next, I add 1 1/2 cups of marinara sauce. I make an oil-free Vegan Marinara Sauce, but any oil-free marinara sauce works well.
Fortunately, there are many oil-free pasta sauces available in the grocery store.
OIL-FREE MARINARA SAUCE
- DeLallo Marinara Sauce
- Muir Glen Organic Portobello Mushroom Pasta Sauce
- Ragu Light Tomato and Basic Marinara Sauce
- Pomi Tomato Sauce (add Italian seasoning and fresh garlic)
- 365 Everyday Value Marinara Sauce (Whole Foods)
- Engine 2 Pasta Sauce (Whole Foods)
- Simple Truth Organic Mushroom Pasta Sauce (Fry's/Kroger)
How to enjoy crunchy bread and reduce the amount of bread you eat
A helpful tip for getting perfect crispy bread and reducing the amount of bread eaten, I suggest hollowing out the bread. Not only does this help avoid the bread from getting soggy, but it also gets crispy quickly when broiling.
As a result, the bread will be thin yet crispy. Just make sure you don't bread through the crust of the bun or bread chosen.
Assembling the Vegan Meatball Sub
- First, hallow out the bread and broil on low for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove the bread from the oven, and add a layer of fresh spinach to the bun or bread base.
- Then, add meatballs and sauce.
- Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and Vegan Parmesan Cheese, which is an option but highly suggested.
Do you love healthy vegan sandwiches? Try these scrumptious sandwich recipes:
- Italian Sandwiches
- Vegetable Sandwich
- Vegetable Panini w/ Vegan Pesto & Artichoke
- Buffalo Chicken Wrap
- Oil-Free Hummus and Tabbouleh Wrap
- Greek Wrap
- Red Lentil Curry Wrap
- Crunchwrap Supreme Recipe
- Roasted Vegetable and Hummus Grilled Lavash Wrap
- Eggplant Panini Wrap
- Spicy Vegan Lentil Wrap with Baja Sauce
- BBQ Jackfruit Recipe
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂