I created these plant-based ‘meatballs’ when I was pregnant and looking for a nutrient-dense dish I could easily make (and actually want to eat) often.
Some key nutrients you want to make sure you’re getting during pregnancy, like L-Methylfolate, you’ll need a get from a prenatal vitamin as they are not as easily found in food.
Other nutrients, like the calcium and iron found in these meatballs, are fairly easy to get from food. Main sources of calcium come from dairy, like the ricotta and yogurt in this dish, but we also wanted to highlight two of the non-dairy calcium rich foods we love — white beans and broccoli, both of which are also on the top of our list for plant-based iron. The sesame seeds from the tahini pack on some additional iron, calcium and taste.