This is great base recipe, but you can doctor these up with spices however you see fit—add two tablespoons of Italian seasoning plus two tablespoons of nutritional yeast for great spaghetti and meatballs. Add Montreal Steak Seasoning for great cocktail meatballs. The possibilities are endless!
If your meatballs aren’t holding together, feel free to add either an egg (if you’re not vegan) or a flax egg (mix one tablespoon ground flax meal with three tablespoons warm water and let thicken for five minutes) to the meatball mixture. I didn’t find this necessary for my meatballs to stay together well.
For an extra boost of flavor, cook your brown rice in veggie broth or even not-beef broth
If you want to skip pan-frying, you can just put the formed meatballs directly on the baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and firm.
Add these meatballs to your sauce right before serving. The longer they swim around in the sauce, the more tender they become.