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    I Tried Beyond Meat's Newest Product And I Have Some Thoughts

    These aren't your average meatballs.

    By now, you're probably familiar with Beyond Meat.

    Their newest product is Beyond Meatballs โ€” which are plant-based, pre-seasoned Italian-style meatballs made from peas, rice, and other ingredients.

    A package of Beyond Meat meatballs.
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    The suggested serving size is five meatballs, which contain 19 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber. They're also gluten-free and vegan!

    The nutrition label on the back of the Beyond Meat Meatballs packaging.
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    I've been a big fan of Beyond Meat's burgers from the get-go. It took me a bit to get over the fact that that the burgers look pretty gross before they're cooked, but ultimately they're very tasty and a pretty convincing meat substitute. You can read all about that here.

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    I'm not vegetarian, but I try to cut back on meat whenever I can (mostly for environmental reasons). So I was excited to see that Beyond Meat came out with something new.

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    I got my meatballs frozen, so I let them thaw for a few hours in the fridge. Like all of Beyond Meat's products though, you can find them fresh or frozen depending on your local grocery store. As I kind of expected, they looked pretty unappealing right out of the packaging, but I was willing to look past that and hope they taste better than they look.

    Me holding a Beyond Meat meatball above its packaging.
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    Each package comes with 12 meatballs and sells for $6.99.

    While I cooked the meatballs according to the package directions, I boiled up some pasta because what else are meatballs for?

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    The meatballs can be cooked in the oven or on a skillet. I decided to go with the skillet method. I cooked them over medium heat for about seven minutes until nicely charred and cooked through.

    As the meatballs browned in the skillet, they lost their initial strange appearance and began to resemble real meat. They even started to smell similar to real meatballs.

    Five cooked Beyond Meat meatballs on a white plate.
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    I tossed the meatballs with some spaghetti and marinara sauce, and then I added a little bit of Parmesan and basil. At least before cutting into the Beyond Meat meatballs, I think you could convince most people that they're real meat.

    A plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce, basil, parmesan, and Beyond Meat meatballs on top.
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    The meatballs tasted exactly how I thought they would, aka almost identical to Beyond Meat's burgers only with a bit more Italian seasoning. My one complaint is that I got a few bites of meatball with a little bit of ~crunch,~ which is probably just from the rice and veggies the meatballs are made from.

    IMHO, the original burgers are slightly better, but I actually really enjoyed the meatballs and will absolutely make them again.

    A fork holding swirled spaghetti and a half of a Beyond Meat meatball.
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    If you don't eat meat or you're looking for a realistic way to reduce your meat intake, these meatballs are a great option โ€” smaller than the burgers, and easy to dress up with your favorite pasta sauce or to enjoy as a meatball sub.

    A plate of Beyond Meat meatballs over spaghetti.
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    They taste "meaty" in texture and flavor, so it's an easy swap even for people who love the taste of beef.

    Beyond Meat has already started rolling out the new meatballs nation-wide, so keep an eye out. You can expect to see them in your local Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, Sprouts, Harris Teeter, Kroger and Albertsons grocery stores by early October. You can also use the store locator tool to find them in a store near you.