Food from the World: Vegetarian Meatballs

Spring is the season when everything rebirths. Birds come back, flowers and trees blossom and people detoxify. Or at least they should. I am a meat addict, I must admit. I adore meat and I know that I am being shallow, but I prefer not to realize the origin of meat. However, I have some lucid moments when I decide to give up on meat for a few weeks.

During this time I constantly feel that I am going to faint, but I keep strong and search for recipes that are delicious and can keep me full without meat. At first I must admit it was quite a challenge. But after a while I got used to it. The following vegetarian meatballs surely helped a lot.

Vegetarian Meatballs -Yum, Yum

1 big onion
4 medium carrots
3 medium potatoes
250 g maize beans
200 g squash
1 red kapia pepper
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon sesame bread crumbs
1 tablespoon inactive yeast flakes
2 tablespoons oil
salt and pepper

How to prepare them?

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1. Cut the potatoes into little cubes, put them into a pot, cover them with water and let them boil.

2. Meanwhile put the vegetables (except the maize) in a blender. Add the sesame bread crumbs and the yeast flakes.

3. After the boiled potatoes cool mix them with the rest of the vegetables. Add the maize, the salt and pepper according to your taste.

4. Mix the composition and form little balls with your hands. Use some water to avoid sticking.

5. Put these meatballs on a baking tray that was previously covered with baking paper and two tablespoons of oil. Let them bake for 15 minutes on one side and 10 on the other side until they get a brownish color. They are simply delicious. Even a meat addict might think so!

5 Interesting Facts about Vegetarianism

1. Among some of the most famous vegetarian names we can include Leonardo da Vinci, Brad Pitt, Henry Ford, Ozzy Osborne, Albert Einstein and Hitler.

2. Vegetarianism is believed to come from the people of ancient India and Greece. This can be an explanation for why now India is the country where more than 70% of the population is vegetarian. Another related fact can be the idea that India relies on ahimsa, a philosophy that promotes nonviolence towards animals.

3. The word “vegan” comes from the word “vegetarian” being used for the first time in 1944. Donald Watson and Elsie Shrigley came up with this term because they believed that the term “vegetarian” doesn’t represent a diet based just on plants and vegetables.

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4. British researchers proved that the IQ of a child can influence the likelihood of him adopting the path of vegetarianism as an adult. As you probably assume the smarter the kid, the higher are the chances for him to reject meat as an adult.

5. A study conducted by Elizabeth Blackburn showed that a vegan diet can modify more than 500 genes in just three months. But don’t freak out; these genes change into genes that prevent diseases and reject cancer or heart diseases.

If you want to stay young at heart, eat your veggies!

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