This is no ordinary spaghetti! Today’s #LunchBreakLIVE recipe is for a homemade spaghetti sauce with eggplant meatballs! Plant-Based Nutrition Coach, Danni Gaulden, creator of DAM Good Vegan and founder of The Vegan Skillet, makes this delicious meal for us.  The recipe is 100% plant-based, gluten-free, oil-free, and low sodium. Let’s see how to make this masterpiece.




Danni Gaulden, the founder of The Vegan Skillet, is a Plant-Based Nutrition Coach dedicated to inspiring and encouraging individuals to choose healthy vegan options to improve their health and overall well-being. She provides guidance on the principles of plant-based nutrition while introducing fun and easy ways to incorporate healthier options into their already busy lifestyle. When you work with her, you will be empowered and equipped with all the knowledge and tools you need to make healthier choices every day.

After transitioning to a plant-based diet in 2014, she maintained a 65lb weight loss, healed her body of IBS, and received countless more benefits by changing her diet. She became passionate about cooking and veganizing her favorite foods. This turned into her creating The Vegan Skillet to show others how to prepare healthy, plant-based meals that are also gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, and low sodium that still is packed with the flavor and fun we love about food.

The Vegan Skillet promotes eating a plant-based diet as the best way to optimal health and wellness. We offer online courses to help our students become empowered to navigate in a world that doesn’t always make healthy, nutritious options convenient and accessible, and support you through our membership site that gives you access to 100+ plant-based recipes PLUS grocery & shopping lists, instructional cooking videos, nutrition education courses, and weekly live cooking classes! For more information visit!


Danni Gaulden

Danni Gaulden



Served over a homemade spaghetti sauce and chickpea noodles, these Eggplant “meatballs” are made with roasted eggplant then blended with spices and herbs to create a tasty dish full of savory flavor that will make you ask for more! This recipe is 100% plant-based, gluten-free, oil-free, and low sodium.  It is so flavorful, super filling, and totally healthy.



ingredients eggplant meatballs

The ingredients for the spaghetti and eggplant meatballs.


the finished dish

The finished dish.


the finished dish

Eggplant Meatballs and Spaghetti

Turn your boring spaghetti and meatballs into a healthy, delicious vegan version that everyone will love!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 Eggplant large
  • 1 cup Oats
  • 1 cup Almond Flour
  • 2 Flax eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Basil minced
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper


  • Wash and cut eggplant in half and place on a baking sheet, skin side up
  • Roast for 30 minutes.
  • Once it's done, set aside and let it cool.
  • Now prepare your flax egg by combining flax seeds and water. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Once the eggplant is cooled, remove skin by scooping out the flesh of the eggplant into a food processor or blender.
  • Process until eggplant is a puree.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add eggplant puree, oats, almond flour, nutritional yeast, flax eggs, basil, and spices. Mix well until fully combined.
  • Place in fridge for about 20 minutes to allow for the oats to absorb the liquid.
  • Remove the mixture from the fridge and make balls using your hand.
  • Place on a baking sheet or air fryer tray.
  • Air fry on 350°F for 20 minutes
  • Bake in oven on 350°F for 30 minutes
  • Add your eggplant meatballs to our homemade spaghetti sauce and serve over gluten free noodles.
Keyword vegan
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This recipe transforms traditional, boring, and cruel spaghetti and meatballs into something healthy and bursting with flavor.  Give these eggplant meatballs and spaghetti a try, you won’t be disappointed.  Take a photo of your finished dish and tag @JaneUnChainedNEWS.  Interested in other easy plant-based recipes to try?  Jump on over to the #LunchBreakLIVE page, where we have a ton to choose from.  Until next time…keep cookin’!