Easy Peasy Paleo Meatballs

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy Thursday,

At the end of last year, I felt like E and I were in a dinner rut big time. There were about 10 dishes that were healthy and we both really liked. Since we try to eat at home 5 nights a week, those 10 dishes were getting old pretty fast. I decided that I would really dedicate a little time each week to rounding up some new recipes for us to try. Even if it's just one a week, that is one more recipe we can add into the rotation. This week, I went a little crazy and found 3 new recipes. I know, I'm loosing it right? Hahaha! On Monday night, we tried out a gluten free and paleo friendly Almond Crusted Chicken Tender recipe that we both loved. When something is healthy and E approved, you know it's a winner.

Hoping to keep the good cooking streak rolling, I decided to try my hand at gluten free meatballs. I searched through a couple of different recipes and then ended up coming up with my own version. Somehow, I have never ever made meatballs before so I was a little bit nervous about how they would turn out. I'm not sure why I thought they were so hard to make. These were a piece of cake and soooooo good! E quickly gave his stamp of approval after the first bite. Score 1 for Lauren!

I'm glad they were delicious, since I went a little crazy on the recipe and made way too much for just the two of us. I'm not sure what I was thinking, but this recipe definitely makes enough for 4-5 people. Guess what is on the menu for my lunch today..... yep, meatballs! :)

I whipped up some pasta for E and served my meatballs along side some homemade zuchinni noodles. I got a spiralizer for Christmas from my wonderful sister, Emily, and was excited to give it a try. It was a breeze to use and the noodles turned out perfectly. Turned out all of my worrying was for nothing (as usual E would say). The meatballs and noodles turned out better than expected, and I have yummy leftovers to enjoy for lunch!

Easy Peasy Paleo Meatballs

by Lauren George
Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: bake entree gluten-free paleo
Ingredients (20 medium sized meatballs)
  • 1.5 lbs lean ground beef (I used 90/10)
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp pepper (more if you like them a little spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a cookie sheet with foil and rub with a tiny bit of olive oil.
Add all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well (your hands work best)!
Roll mixture into balls and place on cookie sheet. I would say mine were what you would consider a standard size meatball.
Bake for 25 minutes (I cut into one of mine just to be extra sure they were cooked through).
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I'm off to teach a Pilates mat class at the studio. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day. Let me know if you give the recipe a try!

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Have you ever made homemade meatballs? Any favorite recipes to share?

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6 Responses to “Easy Peasy Paleo Meatballs ”

  1. yummy!! I loooove meatballs on zoodles with some marinara sauce, so good and healthy!

    1. It was! We will be having it again soon!

  2. Those meatballs look amazing! I try to make one new recipe a week, so this will be on the menu for next week. I always get nervous about Jake's reaction when making a new recipe. Most of the time he loves it and always gives the stamp of approval. It is such a good feeling when your guy approves it.

    1. You are so right! It's a great feeling when you make something they like. Especially if it's healthy as well! That's always my problem. E would eat chicken fingers and macaroni every night if I let him. Hahaha

  3. Made the chocolate avocado pudding tonight, yummers!!! Have cooked the sweet potato fries for the egg, sausage and sweet potatoe breakfast thingie and my next thing will be to try the Chia Pudding. Thanks for adding all these great things to try :-)

    1. I'm totally obsessed with the chocolate pudding and chia pudding! Easy, healthy, and delicious!


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