Half Syn Vegan Meatball Marinara | Slimming World

We’ve received many requests for more Vegan and Vegetarian recipes, especially as it’s “Veganurary” this month! So we’ve teamed up with Granose to bring you this Half Syn Vegan Meatball Marinara.

Half Syn Vegan Meatball Marinara | Slimming World

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

Look at that picture! Is your mouth watering yet?! Mine certainly is! This Half Syn Vegan Meatball Marinara is packed full of speed foods.

Carrots, celery, onion, courgette, aubergine and peppers all make an appearance. Thanks to the aubergine, the sauce thickens and gives such a nice flavour. This has to be one of the nicest sauces we’ve made!

What is Granose?

Granose is a fantastic cost effective source of protein for vegetarians, vegans or for those of you looking for an alternative to meat. The Granose mixes have a high protein to carb ratio and are much more cost effective than buying meat. It’s also low in fat, high in fibre, and just 1 Syn/4 Weight Watchers Points for the whole packet

Half Syn Vegan Meatball Marinara | Slimming World

It comes in a packet of dry mix, you just simply add boiling water, flour your hands, make your burgers/meatballs and cook. Hey Presto! As you can see in the video, making them is SO easy.

Personally, I wouldn’t Syn the flour, as the amount you use is so little. But if you want to – just remember to weigh the amount that you use and Syn accordingly. It’s entirely up to you.

The Granose Burger Mix comes in at just 1 syn for the whole packet. You can get 8 small/6 large meatballs out of it or a couple of burgers.

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As meat-eaters we found it rather tasty, and Michael (our resident Veggie here at Pinch Of Nom) adores Granose!

To make the aubergine puree all you do is spray an aubergine with Frylight, season and wrap in foil. Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes then scoop out the insides and chop.

Half Syn Vegan Meatball Marinara

Personally, I’m not usually keen on aubergine on it’s own, but it really does complete this Half Syn Vegan Meatball Marinara. We tried it with and without, and the difference is amazing!

Want to try Granose Burger Mix?

You can get it from most supermarkets & you’ll usually find it near the packets of Ainsley Harriot Cous Cous. Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Amazon & Holland & Barrett all stock it. There are also other Granose products in the range, but none as low in syns as the Burger Mix!

It’s also worth giving Granose a follow for news of any new products & special offers! You can find their website here, and they’re also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Whenever we need to replace oil in cooking we use Frylight. Perfect for everyday frying and cooking, it delivers exactly one calorie per spray, which makes it Syn free! The Avocado or Olive Oil flavours are ideal for this Half Syn Vegan Meatball Marinara recipe.

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portion 15 minutes 25 minutes



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431kcal 11

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  1. Pre heat the oven to 200°C
  2. Empty the packet of Granose Burger Mix into a medium sized bowl, add 200ml of cold water and stir well. Allow to stand for 5 minutes so it thickens
  3. After 5 minutes divide the mixture into 6 equal meatball shapes. You can lightly flour your hands to stop it sticking
  4. Place each ball onto a tray (we lined ours with baking parchment) and cook in the oven for 10 minutes
  5. Next, make the sauce. Mist a frying pan with some Frylight and sauté the onions, garlic, celery and carrots until they start to soften and colour slightly
  6. Add the tomato puree, Italian herbs and balsamic vinegar then stir in the aubergine puree
  7. Pour in the chopped tomatoes and add the stock pot, courgette and mushrooms and stir. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes
  8. Add the meatballs to the pan and allow to simmer for another couple of minutes and serve

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.


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