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Vegan Sweet and Sour Meatball Sub

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Do not worry.  You are not lost, nor are you seeing things.  Everything is, in fact, looking quite different around here in Clean Eating Veggie Girl land.  After about a four month process, CEVG got a major face lift.  She is now sporting a new header and layout, “About Me” and “Contact” pages, and categorized posts that you can now find on designated “Recipe,” “Friday Foodie Favorites,” and “Workouts” pages.  Oh, and the entire face-lift would not be quite complete without a new tagline.  Sure, I am still a vegetarian, but instead of focusing on that label, I am highlighting how I cook, dine, and live in my mostly plant-based world.

sweet and sour meatball sub

Now lets celebrate Clean Eating Veggie Girl’s brand new look with a darn good recipe- a recipe that I cannot wait to make again very soon.

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Vegan Sweet and Sour Meatball Sub

Servings: Makes 2 sub sandwiches


2 TB seasoned rice vinegar
2 TB Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or low-sodium soy sauce)
2 TB ketchup
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp brown sugar
8 oz can pineapple tidbits in natural juices, drained with juices reserved
water, for cooking
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
1 TB cornstarch + 2-3 TB cold water, mixed well
8 vegan “meatballs”*
2 whole wheat sub/hoagie buns

*You can either make your own vegan meatballs, or be lazy like I was and buy pre-packaged vegan meatballs.  I chose a frozen variety that had the fewest and most natural ingredients that I could find:

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I really enjoyed the Amy’s meatless meatballs and I also love the Trader Joe’s variety.


1. Combine vinegar, liquid aminos, ketchup, ginger, brown sugar, and reserved pineapple juice in medium bowl.  Whisk until well-combined.  Set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

3. Line medium skillet with thin layer of water.  Heat over medium-high heat until very hot.  Once hot, lower heat to medium and add peppers to the skillet.  Cook for approximately 8 minutes, or until softened.  Add additional water, as necessary.

4. Once the peppers are cooked through, stir in the sweet and sour sauce and lower the heat to medium-low.  Simmer for approximately 3 minutes.

5. Stir in cornstarch + water mixture.  This will help thicken the sauce.

6. Add pineapple tidbits and meatballs.  Cook until all ingredients are warm, for approximately 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.

7. Toast the buns in the oven for approximately 3-5 minutes, or until lightly browned and warm.

8. Place half of the sweet and sour meatball mixture into each bun.

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Yes, these are messy.  But, more importantly, they are deeelicious!

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Sure, this may not be the most conventional combination- “meatballs,” sweet and sour sauce, and a sub bun all in one- but I would like to think that I have become somewhat decent at creating some seriously tasty dishes from some rather unconventional combinations.  This one is definitely a winner of a combination.  Sweet and sour sauce is delicious with rice, so why wouldn’t it be delicious on toasted bread?  And sure, sweet and sour sauce is great with peppers, pineapples, and tofu, but I would bet that you just might agree with me when I say that it is even better with meatless meatballs!

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Yes.  This is as good as it looks.

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  • Becky @ Olives n Wine February 3, 2014, 6:06 am
    I'm LOVING the new look, Hannah! It's totally you and definitely fits the blog perfectly. :) Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted...“Red Velvet” Energy BitesMy Profile
  • Ashley @ Kick Ash Mom.com February 3, 2014, 6:30 am
    I love the new look! This recipe also looks good! I could eat peppers and pineapple every day of my life. Ashley @ Kick Ash Mom.com recently posted...Today is the DayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2014, 2:57 pm
      I hear you! Some people hate warm pineapple, but I LOVE it!
  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 3, 2014, 7:35 am
    Girl! The new site looks AMAZING! I'm definitely loving it :D Amanda @ .running with spoons. recently posted.... monthly favourites – january 2014 .My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2014, 2:58 pm
      Thanks, Amanda!! I am pretty much obsessed with it right now too ;).
  • Meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles February 3, 2014, 8:15 am
    OMG I love the new look! Yay! Who designed it? I am still looking to alter my template, not the logo, just the template for spacing and layout purposes....Oh and I love the TJ meatless meatballs. Dr. Praeger makes nice ones too, I never tried Amy's but need to! Meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Another Snow Day and a Cold Stone SundaeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2014, 2:59 pm
      Thank you!! Two different people that I know through other Omaha area bloggers helped with the header and the layout. E-mail me if you want their contact information. And thanks for the heads up on the Dr. Praeger's meatballs. I need to try those!
  • Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon February 3, 2014, 8:23 am
    Like I said before, the look of the site is amazing and really fits you so well! I figured you might have something like this up your sleeve. I love Amy's meatless stuff so I'll try those meatballs out! Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon recently posted...Pistachio Pairing with Coconut Chips and Chocolate Dipped PineappleMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2014, 3:00 pm
      Yes, it was quite the work in progress for the past several months, but it was SO worth it!
  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies February 3, 2014, 8:35 am
    Love the new look! Sweet and sour sauce sounds aaaaamazing on veggie meatballs, too.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2014, 3:00 pm
      It is pretty much deeeeelicious! You have got to try it!
  • Carly @ Snack Therapy February 3, 2014, 8:43 am
    I love the new look of CEVG :). So pretty! I especially love the little produce in the header. And, as always, this meal is so inventive and drool-inducing, even for us non-veggie folk. Carly @ Snack Therapy recently posted...Worth “It”My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2014, 3:01 pm
      Haha, thanks!! I had to make sure I included some of my favorite fruits/veggies in there! And thank you! I love hearing that from my non-veggie friends! :)
  • Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures February 3, 2014, 8:49 am
    OMG I LOVE THIS NEW LAYOUT SO VERY MUCH! It's so much more personable and adorable!! GIRL! IN LOVE!! Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures recently posted...Bowling Weekend ExtravaganzaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2014, 3:05 pm
      Thank you!!! That is exactly what I was going for :).
  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl February 3, 2014, 10:46 am
    OMG!!!!! The blog looks awesome!! I was a little surprised when I clicked over. ;) The recipe looks great too.... love the addition of pineapples. I've been eating them like crazy lately.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2014, 3:05 pm
      Thanks so much, Kim! I was hoping I would surprise a few of you! ;)
  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog February 3, 2014, 11:07 am
    Love the new look girl! It's fun and suites your personality well. The meatball sandwich looks like a quick and easy meal. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog recently posted...Lemon Veggie Pasta with ShrimpMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2014, 3:08 pm
      Thanks, Dana! It is definitely VERY me :).
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life February 3, 2014, 1:44 pm
    Lovelovelove the new layout, but I told you that already! It's so pretty. This would be something I think my brother would love – he is a fan of sweet and sour chicken, so why not sweet and sour meatballs?!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2014, 3:12 pm
      Oh, I bet he definitely would! I think these would be awesome served over rice, too!
  • Stephanie @ My Freckled Life February 3, 2014, 2:20 pm
    Love the new design! So clean and simple! Stephanie @ My Freckled Life recently posted...Snapshots of a SUPER weekend!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2014, 3:13 pm
      Thanks, Stephanie!! I definitely wanted something a bit more simplistic, so I am pretty pleased with how it all turned out!
  • Ashley February 3, 2014, 2:34 pm
    Love love love the new look!! It's awesome! And these meatball subs sound delicious. I'm a fan of Amy's meals but have never tried the meatballs before - must try them! Ashley recently posted...Crockpot Asian Short RibsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 3, 2014, 3:17 pm
      Yes, they are a new product so you will definitely have to be on the lookout for them. I can't wait to make them with some pasta and sauce!
  • Jessie February 3, 2014, 8:52 pm
    Hannah, I love the new look. It's adorable & fits your personality like a glove :) Jessie recently posted...Banana Buckwheat MuffinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 4, 2014, 3:48 pm
      Thank you SO much, Jessie!! I think so too ;).
  • Gael February 4, 2014, 3:14 am
    This is definitely an original recipe and I don't think I'd have thought of it. Looks yummy though and I DO love sweet and sour. Thanks for the share and great pictures! Gael recently posted...4 Raw Juice Recipes for Better JuicingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 4, 2014, 3:48 pm
      Thanks, Gael! Sweet and sour sauce is one of my favorites, too!
  • Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body February 4, 2014, 7:58 am
    Your new blog looks lovely! This recipe sounds fantastic. I'm not Vegan but it is always nice to try new things. Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body recently posted...Cheddar Flax Muffins – with lupin flourMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 4, 2014, 3:49 pm
      Thanks so much, Sarah!! And yay! I'm always glad to hear when people are open to trying new foods :).
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien February 4, 2014, 8:27 am
    Hannah! Your site looks SO fabulous! I'm so digging the new facelift AND that delish looking meatball sub :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 4, 2014, 3:50 pm
      Thanks so much, Alexis!! It was a great way to start off the week!
  • Amy @ Long Drive Journey February 4, 2014, 10:08 am
    Girl, the new look is FABULOUS! I absolutely love it!! Amy @ Long Drive Journey recently posted...Skinny Stir FryMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 4, 2014, 3:51 pm
      Thank you, Amy!!! I love it too! ;)
  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe February 4, 2014, 12:40 pm
    Wow Hannah, your new blog design is fabulous! I love it! And these veggie meatball subs look totally killer! Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe recently posted...Brown Butter Blondies with Macadamia Nuts, Caramel, and Dark ChocolateMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 4, 2014, 3:52 pm
      Thank you so much, Amanda!! I am loving both! I cannot wait to make the subs again.
  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes February 4, 2014, 1:36 pm
    Love the new look of your page!! I thought I typed in the wrong address at first! LOL It's awesome, Hannah!! Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes recently posted...Creamy Crock Pot Hot ChocolateMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 4, 2014, 3:53 pm
      Haha, too funny!! I figured I would trick a few people ;).
  • Katherine February 4, 2014, 2:16 pm
    I'm in love with your new blog! And your recipes lately! Love your gorgeous picture finally on display on your sidebar :) Katherine recently posted...5-Ingredient Green Banana Smoothie!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 4, 2014, 4:31 pm
      Thank you Katherine!! Yes, it was about time that I got a picture on here!
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes February 4, 2014, 3:32 pm
    LOVE the new look!! It is so YOU!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 4, 2014, 4:32 pm
      Haha, thank you Katie!!! I definitely wanted something more personalized. And you'll be happy that I actually have a picture of me on here now!! I remember you saying that in your presentation back at HLS and I finally got with it ;)
  • Ashlee@HisnHers February 4, 2014, 4:36 pm
    YUM!!! Those would have been perfect for the superbowl. I think I can even trick my husband into eating these muahaha
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 5, 2014, 12:30 pm
      They so would have been!! Let me know if you try to trick him! I love doing that ;).
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats February 5, 2014, 3:28 am
    I am love love loving your blogs new look! I need to kick my arse and do a re-design at some point too. Love the recipe too of course ;) Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted...Spotlight on Dinners…Wordless WIAW styleMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 5, 2014, 12:50 pm
      Thanks, Jan!! Yeah, it was a LONG time coming for me. I finally just went for it!
  • Cara's Healthy Cravings February 5, 2014, 6:55 am
    The flavours in this all sound great! I very comforting sammie. Cara's Healthy Cravings recently posted...Mixed Herb Quinoa Salad with Fennel and PomegranateMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 5, 2014, 12:56 pm
      It was definitely SO comforting. There is something about a hot sandwich that does that to ya!
  • Joanna @Makingmine February 5, 2014, 8:26 am
    Ah, I LOVE sweet and sour! This recipe looks delicious! Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...color me rad 5kMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 5, 2014, 1:03 pm
      Thanks, Joanna!! It is definitely one of my favorite sauces!
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat February 5, 2014, 8:55 am
    The new look is wonderful Hannah! Love it! I also love this recipe! I would definitely go for the pre-packaged vegan meatballs because then it would definitely make this dish a breeze to whip up. Delicious! Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted...WIAW #31 – Superbowl SundayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 5, 2014, 1:03 pm
      Thanks Holly!! And I agree. Sometimes the pre-packaged ones aren't as healthy, but ultimately my laziness tends to win over ;).
  • Danica @ It's Progression February 5, 2014, 1:01 pm
    The new design looks fantastic, girl!! I love it! Danica @ It's Progression recently posted...food phases {wiaw}My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 5, 2014, 1:04 pm
      Thanks so much, Danica!! I am pretty in love with it at the moment ;) haha.
  • Ashley February 7, 2014, 10:37 am
    Oh YUM!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 10, 2014, 4:32 pm
      It is definitely a tasty one!! :)
  • Em @ Love A Latte February 14, 2014, 2:44 pm
    I've never had Amy's veggie meatballs and now I have to check if my store has them!!! I'm not a huge fan of the Morning Star ones and I bet these are better! Love veggie meatball subs!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 17, 2014, 4:46 pm
      These are definitely better!! I really like them :).
  • Mandy October 6, 2016, 1:49 am
    I love sour taste food (just like a Chinese food I ate before). Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will make it for my grandson. Mandy recently posted...Top 20 Home Remedies for How to Get Rid of Pimples FastMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 6, 2016, 8:32 am
      I hope you all love it as much as I do!

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