Fast and Simple Vegan Marinara Sub

Fast and Simple Vegan Marinara Sub

Vegans are liars!

Excuse me?

All you vegans are liars. Just tell the truth.

First, don’t put me in a category with everyone else! Now, what are you talking about?

If it’s not chicken, don’t call it chick’n. That’s lying…

Ha! This was a real-life conversation between me and a friend. Though it was light-hearted and funny, there is some truth in it. Many processed vegan and vegetarian foods are called chick’n or some other clever workaround for a meat substitute.

I like to call it what it is..veggie strips aka chick’n strips; veggie nuggets aka chick’n nuggets, etc.

For this Marinara Sub recipe…

We are going to use Gardein’s Meatless Meatballs. Now, I don’t like to use a lot of processed foods in my meals, but sometimes I need something really quick for the sake of time or just because I want to be lazy…We are all entitled to lazy days…*high-five!!

To avoid calling this sandwich a “meat”ball sub, I simply call it a marinara sub. And it is OH-SO-GOOD, easy and fast! Just like a traditional meatball, it has all the right seasonings with just the right amount of spice. The texture is comparable to a meatball as well, making it a hit at parties.

First, you can start with your favorite jar of marinara sauce, or make your own. My favorite is Classico’s Fire Roasted Pizza Sauce. Then plop the meatless meatballs and the sauce in a pot and let them hangout for a few minutes. Nestle them between a hoagie bun or Italian bread with toppings of you choice. The toppings I like to use are caramelized onions, red and green bell peppers, and raw spinach. Then Ta-da!…Eat your heart out kid!

What has been your experience with meatless meats? How do you use them.


Vegan Marinara Subs

April 6, 2018
: 2
: 10 min
: 10 min
: 20 min
: Easy


  • 1 bag Gardein Meatless Meatballs
  • 1 jar favorite marinara sauce
  • 2 hoagie buns/rolls
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 TBS olive oil (optional)
  • Step 1 Heat a medium pot over medium heat.
  • Step 2 Add the Gardein Meatless Meatball and sauce to cover it. The amount of sauce you use will depend on your preference of saucy-ness.
  • Step 3 ) Cover with a lid. Red sauce is messy!
  • Step 4 Heat thoroughly, about 10 minutes.
  • Step 5 (Optional) Meanwhile, heat a medium pan over medium heat.
  • Step 6 Add the olive oil, onions and bell peppers.
  • Step 7 Cook until it has reached the desired tenderness.
  • Step 8 For the hoagie, you can choose to wam in the oven or toast it on the stove by buttering (with vegan butter), then placing it in the pan you used for the onions. Toast until browned.
  • Step 9 Place the meatless meatballs in the hoagie and top with desired toppings.
  • Step 10 Enjoy!!

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