Meatballs

Egg-free, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Soy-free, Corn-free

Cost of Ingredients: $          Time: 30-40 minutes

I am a fan of quick and simple, yet still delicious meals, the less prep, the better. So I used to buy frozen meatballs in the grocery store, such an easy way to add protein to a meal with pasta, or potatoes and gravy. Since switching to a gluten-free diet, however, many of these pre-made purchases have become impossible. But it turns out what I thought was a laborious process, is actually a really simple meal made from scratch! (I did not grow up in an Italian family, meatballs are not a staple where I come from, so this is not an old recipe from my grandmother, but rather my own simple interpretation).

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Add all ingredients to a big bowl and knead with your hands. This is a bit messy, but surprisingly satisfying! I like adding some leafy green to my meatballs, a bit of added nutrition is always good!

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This should only take a few minutes, the whole things comes together pretty quickly. Once it looks fairly cohesive, pinch off tablespoon sized chunks and roll into balls. Place them on a cookie sheet prepared with parchment paper (for easy clean-up!).

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My constant companion, Watson, was especially interested in this dish, but he didn’t get to help as much as he had hoped!

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While the meatballs bake in the oven I prepare the rest of the meal. On this day I made a simple tomato and vegetable sauce with spaghetti. The sauce recipe will follow in another post soon!

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Ingredients:

1 – 1.5 pounds ground beef (I usually buy 80% lean, but really any ground meat should work!)

1 medium onion, chopped finely

1 cup gluten-free breadcrumbs*

1 cup chopped leafy green (kale or spinach works well)

1 Tbsp Ener-G egg replacer mixed with 4 Tbsp warm water until frothy

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp dried parsley **

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large bowl.
  3. Form meatballs by hand and place on parchment-lined sheet tray.
  4. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until beginning to brown (depending on where your heat source is in the oven, they may brown at the bottom edges, or at the top).
  5. Enjoy with: tomato sauce and spaghetti, mashed potatoes and gravy, or on a sandwich!

*I found one brand of gluten-free breadcrumbs that is also yeast-free. I used the last of it in this recipe and forgot to write down the name before recycling the container. I’ll update here when I figure out what it was!

**Feel free to experiment with the spices. I am not a huge fan of oregano, but if you are, it would be delicious in these. Also feel free to add spice, a little sriracha sauce, some fresh ground chilis, or garlic. Let me know what you come up with!

 

 

 

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